Mike Reiss- TEDxAsburyPark 2019 CHAOS Speaker

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Secrets of The Simpsons Success

The Simpsons was created in five minutes, had trouble finding writers, and was nearly canceled before it premiered. And all this contributed to making the show the longest-running series in American history.


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 nineteen children’s books, as well as Springfield Confidential, a best-selling memoir of his three decades at The Simpsons.

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.”

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