Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
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...more
Mike Reiss has been writing for The Simpsons from almost day one. He and everyone else on the show neve ...more
"Like most things on The Simpsons, we didn't plan it."
You should know something about me: The Simpsons is my favorite show.
I mean it. I know people out there have five or six answers when asked the question, "What's your favorite show?" and that's awesome, but for me, it's always been The Simpsons. I can admit that tons of new shows have come out since that are funnier and stronger and better animated.
But I will always choose The Simpsons, and that's a fact.
So when I heard one of the head wr ...more
At any rate, we owe much of it to this feisty feline Mike Reiss. Taking us through his time before The Simpsons, during the The Simpsons, after The Simpsons, and back ...more
More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious version here - all the endless jokes and "no not really" after reading four paragraphs of 'truths' was frustrating. I don't read biographies for comedy nor fluff and at some point it was getting really hard to te ...more
The Simpsons is my favorite show that I haven't watched in a decade. At one point I had the DVD box sets for the first 13 seasons of the show (maybe I still have them... I don't know anymore now that everything is streaming). I used to watch each episode and then watch them again with commentary. So, I had listened to Mike Reiss many times before in those commentaries (season 1-4 and occasionally afterwards) and listening to him narrate this book br ...more
Homer: Ooh, that's bad.
Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!
Homer: That's good.
Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.
Homer: That's bad.
Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings.
Homer: That's good!
Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.
[Homer looks puzzled]
Shopkeeper: ...That's bad.
Homer: Can I go now?
Boo-Urns! Everything's coming up Milhouse! It was the best of times it was the BLURST of times?!? The ...more
Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not really into the Simpsons (who?!), everybody can get some laughs from the book while learning how this animated show is made. Despite the jokes about the writer's room (people sleeping or doing crosswords all day) it's ...more
2018; Dey Street Books/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)
The Simpsons is a show that most everyone in my family could agree on, if not always for the same reasons. I was the same age as Bart when the show started, and felt this kinship with Lisa for books and not fitting in. It is hard to characterize this book -it's a mix of trivia, behind the scenes and biography of the show. I read the first few chapters and then found myself skimming to the "good" parts. It's a good book ...more
The endlessly funny Mike Reiss gives you a tremendous insight on what is it like working on the Simpsons, all the ups and downs and his life as a joke writer, this is not and entirely Simpson's book but more about his life as a comedian and writer and what It takes to reach the success of the Simpsons, they are lots of secrets and facts on the Simpsons and is quite a funny book with jokes and puns riding across the book.
An excellent book on comedy pop ...more
I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of voicing his opinion, without any shame or disclaimers. Quite refreshing really.
"OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann Franks that when the actors playing Nazis came onstage, the audience yelled, 'she's in the attic'.
Much of this book is funny, enlightening about how the show gets written, acted, and animated, and much of is funny. Bu ...more
Overall I did quite enjoy reading this, but at the end of the day there wasn't much that I think I'll tak ...more
An audiobook is a great friend when you're moving. Because you basically have a lot of time to perform a lot of boring tasks.
My life fantasy will always be gaining enough wealth to have a move go like this:
1. I tell my Alfred that we're moving.
2. I pick out a house on Zillow, hire someone to check it out for me.
3. I tell Alfred my moving dates.
4. I leave on vacation for a week.
5. I return to my new home where everythin ...more
And you better read it fast before Mr. Burns releases the hounds on you. Afterwards, a well deserve Duff beer is in order and if you don’t agree, you can eat my shorts.
I'm a fan of the Simpsons, and a fan of Hari Kondabolu and his documentary about Apu, and look forward to watching the Couch Gag every week.
But I didn't find this book particularly funny. While I normally enjoy Reiss' work on some level the format of this book didn't feel like a memoir or a let-me-share-this-behind-the-scenes-view - to me it read like let me tell you about this one time *insert name dropping story where something may or may not happen and then ...more
Also, if you are interested in the out-of-touch opinions of a rich privileged white guy on all-things-comedy, this is a fountain of it. A rare outlook that is only available in every single other media outlet 24 hours a day.
Overall my feeling was that I was sor ...more
I've spent countless hours watching the show but, for some reason (looking at you, John Swartzwelder), I read about this book for the first time only three days ago!
And, of course, I decided to stop everything and start reading it immediately.
In Springfield Confidential, Mike R ...more
Throughout the book, Mike Reiss' humour often comes off as outdated. He is definitely not a young person. It is clear from the comments made throughout the book and the off colo ...more
Reiss packs a bunch of little joke asides in constantly and for the most part they are pretty funny, but one problem I had (which I'm sure Reiss would find hilarious) is that sometimes I couldn't tell if something actually happened or was ju ...more