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"Lisa Goes Gaga" is the name of an episode from The Simpsons, an American animated sit-com, in which Lady Gaga appears as a guest spot in the episode. The episode is the season finale for the 23rd season of the show, scheduled to premiere on May 20th, 2012. Prior to this, The Simpsons had paid tribute to Gaga by playing "Just Dance" on a previous episode, as well as featuring a Lady Gaga-esque character in another.
Gaga guest spot was revealed in the press on the last week of August, 2011 after she recorded her part for the show. Gaga's recording sessions took place on August 22 to the 26th of 2011 in Los Angeles.
In the season finale, she is portraying herself, and her character is described as the "happiest, most optimistic person in the world". Her plotline is that she goes to Springfield, where the show is based, to try to cheer up Lisa, but she can't. Executive producer, Al Jean, said that it was the first time they featured a "show business legend" younger than the series itself.
Since the very beginning, I’ve always wanted to have on the most iconic personalities of our time, and she’s it.
I make music, but I don’t do voice-overs every day of the week, and their characters are so awesomely convincing and sincere and wild and funny, I had to remind myself constantly of the sincerity of the humor. That’s what I was trying to focus on, not putting on a character too much and really being as sincere as I could with the lines. I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.
In an interview with E! Online, Groening further commented on Gaga's appearance; "The great thing about having Lady Gaga is that she came in a number of times and always with a different getup", he opined. "Like she'd leave the room and come back in after a break in a completely new getup. It was unbelievable. The only time that she ever took off her hat was when it was banging into the microphone".
Gaga helped compose two short songs that were featured during the episode.