Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons


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ISBN-13: 9780062748034
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 18,495
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight years writing for The Simpsons. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss has written jokes for such comedy legends as Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling…and Pope Francis! For his comedic contributions to the charitable group Joke with the Pope, in 2015 Pope Francis declared Reiss “A Missionary of Joy.”


Mathew Klickstein's writing has appeared in such publications as Wired, New York Daily News, and Splitsider. He is the author of SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age, the screenwriter of Sony Pictures' Against the Dark, and director/producer of the Marc Summers documentary, On Your Marc. He currently hosts the podcast NERTZ (based on his book Nerding Out), is developing a new television series, and -- with lifetime series writer Mike Reiss -- co-authored Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. He aspires to get some sleep someday soon.

In addition to writing, producing, and directing Funny People, Judd Apatow performed the same duties on the film Knocked Up, and co-wrote (with Steve Carell) and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He has also produced Pineapple Express, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall,Year One, Drillbit Taylor, Stepbrothers,Talladega Nights, and Anchorman.

Table of Contents

Foreword Judd Apatow xiii

Opening Credits

Burning Question Where is Springfield? 5

Act 1

Chapter 1 It Begins … 9

Chapter 2 A Brief History of Me 23

Chapter 3 Funny for Money 37

Act 2

Chapter 4 Meet the Writers 51

Burning Question Simpsons songs: Who writes them, how are they written, and why are there so goddamn many? 89

Chapter 5 Meet the Showrunners 91

Chapter 6 Meet the Characters 99

Chapter 7 Meet the Cast 111

Burning Question Do you read what fans post on websites? 139

Chapter 8 Four Episodes That Changed the World (Kinda) 141

Burning Question What do you think of Family Guy? 161

Chapter 9 Meet the Fans 163

Buring Question What do you say to people who say the show has gone downhill? 175

Chapter 10 Seeing the World with The Simpsons 177

Burning Question Why has the show lasted so long? 191


Chapter 11 On Comedy 197

Chapter 12 How Krusty Became The Critic 209

Buring Question What's the biggest reason The Critic failed? 221

Chapter 13 A Development Deal with the Devil 223

Burning Question What is the secret of the Simpsons' success? 229

Chapter 14 Doing Animated Films for Cash (Not Credit) 233

Chapter 15 The Sleazy, Nasty World of Children's Books 241

Chapter 16 Gay for Pay 247

Chapter 17 Writing for Humans Again! 255

Chapter 18 Back to the Old Tire Fire 261

The Tag

Chapter 19 It Never Ends … 275

The Final Buring Question Why are the Simpsons yellow? 279

Closing Credits

Glossary 283

Answers to NPR Puzzles 289

Acknowledgments 291

Image Credits 295

About the Authors 297

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