According to Variety, Matt Groening wants the stars and co-writers of British sketch show Little Britain -- shown in the U.S. on BBC America -- to be in an episode of The Simpsons.

"Matt Lucas and David Walliams are like living cartoons anyway," Groening said.

If the Little Britain comics do sign up for The Simpsons, they will be following the path beaten by another Brit comedic talent, Ricky Gervais, star and co-creator of The Office and "Extras."

Gervais will pop up in an episode of The Simpsons due to air in the U.S. next year, performing a song written specially for the occasion.

"Of course he sang a song! It's Ricky Gervais," said Groening, interviewed by local industry Web site MediaGuardian.co.uk. "He has done a great job, and we would love to have him back. It is very much in the spirit of 'The Simpsons,' but he has also added his own brand of excruciating humiliation."

Little Britain was voted best comedy for the second consecutive year at Wednesday's British Comedy Awards, where Groening was one of the guest presenters.

Groening also noted last week: "Next week in the U.S. we broadcast our 365th show, so we've now gone one for every day of the year."

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Brian B.