The episode: “Teenagers from Outer Space,” ep. 404
The riff: Offered as a possibility by Joel after the female lead tries to reassure the good guy alien that things will be alright and he replies he’s worried about “what I know is coming here.”
The explanation: “Lend Me a Tenor” is the title of a theater comedy that started on London’s West End in 1986 and opened on Broadway in 1989, winning nine Tony Awards. It’s a farcical comedy of errors that revolves around a missing opera singer, and is often performed by community theater groups. The name implies that it would be a musical but it isn’t–however, a musical version was created later.
Novelty factor: Weirdly enough I’ve never heard of this, for a show that apparently has been performed so many times. Pretty cheesy title, though.