A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.Conan O'BrienIn celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the shows 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 Reisswho has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with Americas most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the shows 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 Simpsonsa 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 its 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: theres 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 Armstrongs Seinfeldia, and Chris Smiths 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|
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Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons Reviews
I didn't read all the way to the last page. The early sections on the author's personal history and the development of the Simpsons TV show were engaging. After page 200 or so, the content is less interesting (I never even known there was a show called "The Critic"). And by then Reiss's rat-a-tat style had palled. The "keep trying, keep pitching, don't edit, keep brainstorming" method works in the writer's room. In print, not so much.
Of course, if you are a huge fan of "The Simpsons", you will ...more
Not as good as Four Finger Discount's book, but still a good read.
As an all-time The Simpsons fan I found this book very interesting as it is authored by one of the pioneer writers of the show. Full of inside memories, comments and some good trivia it keeps with its promises in the title. Although I dont know if the part were the author states that Fidel Castro died like 10 years ago was a mistake by him or simply one of those "outright lies" it also promises.
Also, you can expect some moment of pure arrogance from the author. I can understand it as he really ...more
Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride.
Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities of those involved, the rivalry between Groenig and Sam Simon that both invigorated and threatened the show in its early years, and the insights into the process of writing such a show wee truly fascinating.
Reiss also sh ...more
Only made it through the first hour of the audiobook and gave up. Totally lame
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.
A behind the scenes look/memoir from a longtime writer and showrunner of The Simpsons, at least when it was a groundbreaking and unimpeachably great TV show. The most illuminating Simpsons book since The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family.
4.5 stars, rounded up. Some of the material from the memoir sections land squarely in dad joke material. However, stuff about Conan O'Brien and John Swartzwelder's writer's room antics are among the funniest things I've ever read. And I even lear ...more