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At a glance: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. Now Available for Virtual Programs
Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his thirty 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.”
Reiss recounted his three decades at The Simpsons in his best-selling memoir “Springfield Confidential”, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize in American Gumor.
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”.
Mike Reiss created the cult cartoon series “The Critic” and “Queer Duck” and has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen animated films — including five ICE AGEs, two DESPICABLE MEs, THE LORAX, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – with a worldwide gross of $14 billion. Mike also hosts the popular podcast “What Am I Doing Here?” funny tales about his travels to 134 countries, including Iran, Iraq, North Korea and the North Pole.
He is the author of twenty children’s books, and has won awards for his work as a playwright, mystery writer, and public speaker.
As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over five hundred institutions, in twenty-two countries. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the surprisingly sleazy world of children’s books. He’s a proven crowd-pleaser, both in person and virtually.
He has been happily married for thirty years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.
Secrets of The Simpsons' SuccessMike Reiss has won four Emmys during his thirty-one years writing for The Simpsons. In this fun-filled talk, illustrated with rare cartoon clips, Reiss shares three secrets of The Simpsons that have made it a long-running, international hit -- three rules that any business could benefit from. This talk has been a hit at many corporate gatherings.
The Simpsons and Other Jewish FamiliesMike Reiss discusses the Jewish themes, writers, and actors that have been a part of "The Simpsons". This program has been a hit at Hillels, Jewish film festivals, and JCC's across America.
The Surprisingly Nasty World of Children's BooksSimpsons writer Mike Reiss has written twenty children's books, and encountered a business more cutthroat than showbiz ever was. Hear his amazing, hilarious tales of ghost-writing, credit-stealing, and how one of his kid's books was banned by the entire state of Texas!
WHAT AM I DOING HERE: A SIMPSONS WRITER VISITS THE WORLD'S HELLHOLES SO YOU DON'T HAVE TOMike Reiss has been writing for The Simpsons for three decades. In his spare time, he's visited 134 countries, including Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and the North Pole. Hear all about it in this very funny and reasonably true travel talk.
Finding the Funny in Hard Times
He was amazing. It was a great experience and Mike was incredible.
—Virginia Tech Union
Mike was an amazing speaker and the crowd loved him!
—UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
by USA Today