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The Open Air Stage is available as part of the level 29 update and is now officially one of my favorite buildings!

It works just like Channel 6 and Cletus’ Farm – you spend money to make money. But what makes it better than either of these two buildings is that it also gives some of your characters something extra to do.

To unlock a performance, a required character just needs to be free and in his/her regular costume. How much you need to invest depends on both the length of the task and the number of characters involved. Your return depends on the number of characters involved and whether the task is performed in whole or part by a premium character. Here’s a handy chart:

Task Time Character(s) Investment Reward
Lisa’s Sax Solo 60 minutes Lisa $25 $145/30XP
Krusty Standup 2 hours Krusty $40 $240/45XP
The Be Sharps 3 hours Homer / Skinner / Apu / Barney $175 $1055/245XP
Willie on the Pipes 4 hours Willie $60 $350/80XP
The Skinner Sisters 10 hours Principal Skinner / Agnes Skinner $230 $1385/300XP
Sideshow Opera 16 hours Sideshow Mel $165 $990/220XP
Man Being Hit By Football: The Musical 24 hours Moleman $220 $1320/250XP

Lisa’s, Willie’s and Moleman’s performances are pretty much what you see in their regular tasks. But, here are the others (you’ll have to forgive my undecorated park – that will come soon). First, Krusty and his standup:

Here’s Sideshow Mel:

And here are the Skinner Sisters:

And, finally, the Be Sharps:

So, the bottom line on the Open Air Stage is this: it’s well worth the donuts for those who are at level 29; it’s an especially good purchase for those who have Barney, Moleman, and Sideshow Mel as well; and if you’re at a lower level, you may want to hold off for a while until you can really make use of it.

And if you’re easily tempted into additional premium spending, consider this one carefully – it could well be a “gateway” building to more premium expenditure!


A couple of months ago, I wrote a post highlighting that certain decorations give your characters additional tasks. The limited time Limo available as part of the Respectable Moe episode promotion is a good reason to update it and try to produce a definitive version.

Decorations not only make your town look nice. Like Moe’s Limo, they sometimes give your characters extra tasks to do, as well. So, what are those value-adding decorations, and which of your characters get those extra tasks?

Regular Decorations:

Decoration Character Task Length
Kiddie Pool Homer Lounge in the pool 6 hours
Tree Skinner Go Bird-watching 24 hours
Tree Lisa Read a book 45 seconds
Shrub Moe Spy on Midge 12 hours
Snapdragons Martin Smell the roses 10 minutes
Bench Grampa Simpson Take a nap / Feed the birds 6 hours / 8 hours
Dumpster Cletus Dig through garbage 12 hours
Gazebo Lisa, Martin, Principal Skinner, Comic Book Guy, Sideshow Mel, Professor Frink Attend a Mensa meeting 3 hours
Lawn Chair Kent Brockman Relax 1 hour
Water Shauna (no longer available) Tease the ducks 8 hours
Water Legs and Louie Interrogate a squealer 1 hour

Premium Decorations:

Decoration Character Task Length
Limo (limited-time) Moe Fun in the Limo 1 hour
Hot Tub Fat Tony Relax in the Hot Tub 10 hours
Piece of Crap Car Nelson Shoot B-B gun 30 minutes
Cannon Sideshow Mel Shoot from a cannon 30 minutes

It’s also worth mentioning that the Channel 6 News Van and the Worldwide Satellite Dish give extra tasks for Channel 6.

If there’s anything I missed, let me know.

Update: I haven’t included Gymnastic Lisa’s Balance Beam or Ninja Homer’s Practice Snake as they come as part of a set with the character (although buying more Practice Snakes gices Ninja Homer even more snakes to acrobatically whack).


A number of people through the comments and on Twitter have reported some lucky wins through the Golden Scratch-R – with the result that they would like to know what to spend their donuts for their first ever premium purchase. It’s a very good question (although I am a little envious!).

A while back, I ran a poll on which of the cheaper premium characters was the best buy (and you can see the results here). So this time, I thought a poll on which is the best building/character combination would be a good idea.

So, premium buyers, place your votes. And non-premium buyers don’t need to feel excluded from all the polling action – there’s also a poll running this weekend on whether or not you’re on track to win the whacking day prizes (and you can find that one here).


Decorations not only make your town look nice – they occasionally also give your characters extra things to do. Some you are asked to place as part of your game progress, but there are a couple that you won’t know about until you place them.

At some point, you have to place a dumpster, a park bench, a shrub, and trees. These all give tasks for Cletus, Grampa, Moe and Principal Skinner – and you don’t have much choice about placing these. You can’t make progress until you do.

But you do have a choice about the Gazebo – and it gives a 3-hour task for Lisa, Principal Skinner, Comic Book Guy, Martin, Sideshow Mel, and Frink to have a Mensa meeting. And the Piece-of-crap Car (a 30-donut premium decoration) gives Nelson a 30-minute task to shoot his B-B gun at it.

For more, see the comments section of this post (and thanks to all the contributors! 🙂 )


Like Barney and his Bowlarama, Krustylu Studios with Sideshow Mel was released as part of he Christmas update. Unlike Barney, Mel has always been a premium character and available for a not insignificant 140 donuts. While, he’s a purchase you should think about, he’s worth buying – and here’s why:

1. The studio is a great addition to the town and earns a fairly decent $150 and 17XP every 5 hours. And of course, Mel earns the regular 50% more than standard characters for each of his jobs.
2. Sideshow Mel has a quest, although a short one, that runs something like this:
a. Krusty’s Sidekick As soon as you have built his studio (24 hours), Sideshow Mel goes for rehearsals (1 hour)
b. Death of a Salesman After rehearsals, Sideshow Mel stoops to juggling (8 hours)
c. Taking the Bone Wanting to be taken seriously, he de-bones his hair (12 hours – and if you haven’t also bought a Cannon for 20 donuts, that’s where it ends; if you have bought one…)
d. The Human Cannon Ball Sideshow Mel fires himself from a Cannon (30 minutes and pretty funny)
3. Mel is a Mensa member, raising the IQ level of your town and letting you organize group meetings in the Gazebo (if you have one) involving him, Comic Book Guy, Principal Skinner, Martin, and Lisa.
4. Krusty would be lost without a sidekick (okay, he has the monkey, but it’s not the same, really).

And here are a couple of reasons you may decide not to buy him:

1. The studio is quite large, making it awkward to place if you’re short of land. Here’s a screenshot:

2. Unlike some of the other premium buildings, Krustylu Studios doesn’t add any extra tasks for any other characters.
3. For him to do his funniest task, you really need to spend another 20 donuts and buy a Cannon.

On a personal note, I like the studios and I’m glad I added Mel to the game. At 140 donuts, he’s a fun and not overly-expensive addition. And the Cannon was worth it, too!


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