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Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons Paperback – 7 May 2019

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"The good is always rare. A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity."--Conan O'Brien

"Besides providing a hilarious look at what is perhaps the greatest TV show of all time, Mike Reiss has also created a staggering literary work that is almost completely devoid of typos and grammatical errors. It's well worth the price of this book for the proofreading skills alone." --"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Reiss has done a masterful job of compiling this laugh-filled account of his long years as a writer on this beloved show. It's the sort of book that makes you wish your dinner guests would go the hell home so you can get back to reading it."--Dick Cavett

"Mike Reiss is a great example of somebody who writes for a living and does it so well in so many different ways. And, of course, he helped write this thing called The Simpsons."--Dan Castellaneta, longtime voice of Homer Simpson

"Mike Reiss always brings his own unique, quirky, eccentric genius with him."--Nancy Cartwright, longtime voice of Bart Simpson

"Extremely funny and fascinating."--Vanity Fair

"Always honest, playful, and engaging, the book will provide fans with deep insight into the show's history but also into its daily production and future...A charming look at a cherished American show."--Kirkus Reviews

"Founding Simpsons writer Reiss offers a funny and factoid-filled glimpse behind the curtain -- or, brown couch -- of the beloved sitcom...a surprising view of Springfield you've never heard before."--Entertainment Weekly

"In Springfield Confidential, Reiss offers a breezy history of the show from his insider's perspective, from its dismal early prospects to its astonishing success, with insights aimed squarely at the Comic Book Guy variety of Simpsons fans."--The A.V. Club

"Always entertaining and frequently laugh-out-loud-hilarious. There have been a lot of books written about The Simpsons, some of them good but most not so much, and this is hands down one of the very best."--Booklist (starred review)

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The longest-serving Simpsons writer and all-around funnyman Mike Reiss delivers the ultimate fan guide to the most popular animated show in American history

Mike Reiss has spent his lifetime—well, thirty years—at The Simpsons, since the show’s debut in 1989, as a writer, producer, and showrunner. As such, he knows a lot about these four-fingered freaks and their crazy antics.

In Springfield Confidential, he shares his behind-the-scenes stories about his work on the most iconic American cartoon family ever. Reiss pulls back the curtain for those curious about how The Simpsons works, answers burning questions from Simpsons die-hards, and shares never-before-told stories about creating favorite episodes and characters. In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlight reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite anecdotes.

He’ll reveal why the Simpsons are yellow; how Lisa became one of the first “deep” cartoon characters ever; what it’s like to be in the writing room stuffed with funny guys (and one hilarious woman); what he’s learned after traveling to every country where the show is watched (many have The Simpsons, but not flush toilets); and lots of inside dish on the show’s animators, actors, and celebrity guests.

Reiss also sheds light on the writing he’s done for cult series (The Critic, ALF, Sledge Hammer!), hit movies (five Ice Age films, two Despicable Mes, and a dozen more), and comedy legends (Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, and, yes, even Pope Francis!).

Springfield Confidential is a treat for not only devout Simpsons fans but comedy fans everywhere.


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5.0 out of 5 starsI read. I laughed. I cried - from laughing!
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