By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
December 2, 2008

The creators of The Simpsons are getting a lot of attention — and Hulu clicks — for the clever send-up of Apple (AAPL) that aired Sunday night. (See Bart Simpson channels Steve Jobs.)

Although most of the jokes are self-explanatory — the “MyCube” that glows to confirm that it’s off, the fake white MyPhonies earbuds that cost $40 — there’s one bit that’s a headscratcher.

Why, many viewers are asking, does the “Steve Mobs” character have a pronounced lisp?

We put the question to one long-time Apple watcher: Does the real Steve Jobs lisp?

According to this source, Jobs doesn’t lisp, but he does have a minor speech impediment — an extra sibilance at the end of certain words.

That was news to us. So we dug out some old Macworld keynotes to see if we could hear it.

Judge for yourself. Below the fold, two clips:

  1. The scene from The Simpson where Lisa meets Steve Mobs in his underwater headquarters.
  2. Steve Jobs’ Macworld 2008 keynote, condensed into 60 seconds courtesy of Mahalo.

Steve Mobs from The Simpsons:

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Steve Jobs at Macworld 2008:

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