In celebration of The Simpsons’ thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series.

Sponsored by Terry and Art Heller

Mike Reiss shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! Reiss explains how the episodes are created, provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his thirty years writing for “The Simpsons.” In this fun-filled presentation, illustrated with rare cartoon clips, Reiss talks about Jewish themes in the show: Jewish writers, actors, and guest stars and Jewish-themed episodes. Reiss alsoexplains how he somehow wound up writing seven Christmas books, two Christmas specials, and jokes for Pope Francis…really!

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