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Spotlight Event: Springfield Confidential


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“Extremely funny and fascinating.” -Vanity Fair

About the Book: 
In celebration of The Simpsons' thirtieth anniversary, the show's 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 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. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show's 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 Simpsons--a 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 it's 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: there's 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's As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith's 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.

About the Author: 
Mike Reiss is a multi-Emmy Award-winning writer of television, film, children's books and theater. He has written for The Simpsons since its inception as full series and was show runner during two of its early season with long-time writing partner Al Jean. Jean and he co-created the animated series The Critic, which has garnered a large cult following.

His many children's books include the bestseller How Murray Saved Christmas. Films he's worked on range from Airplane II to the Ice Age and Despicable Me films, in total earning profits of more than $1-billion in worldwide release.

He began his professional career on staff at the National Lampoon during that esteemed publication's heyday and currently travels the world speaking to college students and anyone else who will listen about his unique, experienced take on comedy.

About the Event:
Monday, March 18 | 7:00 pm
The Improv, City Place
$30 Literary Society Author & Reader
$36 Guests
*Cost includes one drink per person

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To purchase tickets over the phone please call 877-318-0071



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