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

“A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.”—Conan O'Brien

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 that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. 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! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more.

Like Cary Elwes’ As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith’s The Daily Show: An Oral History, Springfield Confidential is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.

Title:Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
ISBN:9780062748034
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    Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons Reviews

  • Char

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the oth...

  • Rachel

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun a...

  • Richard Gray

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberatel...

  • Sharon

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book ce...

  • M.

    It’s exactly the kind of book you’d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

  • Yaroslav

    2,5...

  • Matt Glaviano

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best.Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, real...

  • Rebecky Clark

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants!Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike ...

  • Elaine

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan.I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but whe...

  • Amanda Mae

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it’s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn’t quite to ...