February 8, 2019
Page Hall, University at Albany,
Mike Reiss, legendary TV comedy writer, is the longest-serving writer and producer of "The Simpsons," the most enduring prime-time series in TV history.
Reiss joined the show to work on the very first episode in 1989, and continues to be involved 30 years later, more than 630 episodes later. The comedy show features biting social satire and parodies popular culture.
His new fan guide, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons (2018), provides an inside look at the production team’s creative process, and features interviews with fellow writers, as well as animators, actors and celebrity guests. “Always entertaining and frequently laugh-out-loud-hilarious” (Booklist).
A Simponsized drawing of Mike Reiss by Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
Special thank you to our Writers Institute intern Michaela Webb, a University at Albany senior, who provided the photographs.