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The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families—Mike Reiss

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 │ 6:30–8pm

ADMISSION: $15 Members; $20 General: $25 at the door

Mike Reiss has written more than 300 episodes of the Simpsons. He will be talking about his 30-year long career in the writer’s room and well as his new book Springfield Confidential. Book sales and signing follow talk.

Presented in conjunction with The Litquake Literary Festival, which runs October 11-20, full schedule at

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About the speaker
Mike Reiss

Mike Reiss is a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy Awards. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, and currently lives in New York, New York. His books for children include How Murray Saved Christmas, Santa Claustrophobia, and The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, all illustrated by David Catrow.

Springfield Confidential is the first book about The Simpsons written by an insider. I’ve been writing for the show from Day One right up to the present—thirty years! —racking up four Emmys and a Peabody Award. This book gives you a first-hand look at how it all began, how the show is made, and why it keeps going…and going…and going… 

It’s all in here—the secrets, the scandals, the censors and celebrity guests.  Along the way, I blab about other comedy legends I worked for, including Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling… and Pope Francis!  No joke!

…like a Simpsons episode in book form: it’s smart, fast-paced, and stuffed with hundreds of jokes, some of them funny.


Public Programs are made possible by the Koret Foundation and The Al and Rosanne Levitt Fund for Public Programs.

Image Credit

"Simpsonized" Mike Reiss, courtesy of Mike Reiss.