Writer & Producer of The Simpsons

Mike Reiss

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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.

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-five years writing for “The Simpsons”. In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic”and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck”(about a gay duck).

“Queer Duck”was recently named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time”by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie”was released to rave reviews in July 2006. The film won awards in New York, Chicago, Sweden, Germany and Wales.

Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” “ALF” and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”.

Reiss co-wrote “˜The Simpsons Movie”and “Ice Age 3” with a combined world-wide gross of $1.5 billion. In addition, he’s been a contributing writer to two dozen animated films, including the five “Ice Age” films, the two “Despicable Me” films, “Rio,” “Horton Hears a Who,” and “The Lorax.”

His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.”won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has published eighteen children’s books, including the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas”and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR” and “Games Magazine”.

As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over four hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons” comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon”and editor of “The National Lampoon”.

Reiss’ first play “I’m Connecticut” was named Best Play of 2012 by both Connecticut critics and theatergoers.

He has been happily married for twenty-six years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.

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  • The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families

    Mike Reiss discusses the Jewish themes, writers, and actors that have been a part of "The Simpsons". This program has been a hit at Hillels, Jewish film festivals, and JCC's across America.
  • The Simpsons Backstage Tour

    Join Mike Reiss for an evening of Simpsons secrets, gossip and untold stories for all audiences!
  • Secrets of The Simpsons' Success

    Mike Reiss has won four Emmys during his thirty-one years writing for The Simpsons. In this fun-filled talk, illustrated with rare cartoon clips, Reiss shares three secrets of The Simpsons that have made it a long-running, international hit -- three rules that any business could benefit from. This talk has been a hit at many corporate gatherings.
He was amazing. It was a great experience and Mike was incredible.

—Virginia Tech Union

Mike was an amazing speaker and the crowd loved him!

—UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

'Springfield Confidential' spills juicy secrets of 'The Simpsons'

After 29 seasons, fans know a lot about The Simpsons, but they haven’t heard it the way Mike Reiss tells it in his new book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing ... Read more

by USA Today

Simpsons Writer Mike Reiss on His Favorite Episode and How the Show Changed TV

“I’ve hit rock bottom. I’m writing for a cartoon.” This was the thought of Mike Reiss when he joined the writers’ room for The Simpsons in 1989. Thirty years later, he’s worked on all but two seasons of the show, ... Read more

by Slate

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