American comedian RICH HALL was the inspiration behind The Simpsons cartoon character MOE THE BARMAN. After suspecting the barman was based on him, Hall's hunch was confirmed by Simpsons creator Matt Groening. He explains, "I suspected that Moe was based on me because I used to write with George Meyer back when he was one of the original writers on the show. "Matt Groening was a fan of my stuff. Other people said: 'You look and sound just like Moe.' "Then Matt confirmed it. It's an honour, once you get over the shock of seeing yourself as a horrible, yellow caricature."