Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggam and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from the Kwik-E-Mart have celebrated 25 years of The Simpsons in Hollywood.

Those characters are performed by three actors – Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria – who hosted the world premiere of The Simpsons Take The Bowl at the Los Angeles concert venue the Hollywood Bowl.

“Oh yeah, The Simpsons will go on, long after the human race is gone,” sang “Weird” Al Yankovic, who performed “a little ditty about Homer and Marge”.

Other guests appearing during the two-hour programme included show creator Matt Groening, former Simpsons writer Conan O’Brien and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Hans, wearing a jacket covered with Bart faces, performed the music he composed for the Oscar-nominated short film The Longest Daycare, which shows how Maggie saves a butterfly from a classroom bully.

The entire Hollywood Bowl was Simpson-ified for the programme. Plastic doughnuts dangled above concertgoers’ heads and life-sized cardboard cut-outs of show characters were scattered throughout the venue.

New Simpsons animations were created just for the concert, including a peek at the Simpson family arriving at the Hollywood Bowl.

The 26th season of The Simpsons is expected to start on Sky 1 in October.