Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight 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.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. “Springfield Confidential”, Mike’s memoir of three decades at “The Simpsons”, will be released by Harper Collins in June 2018. 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”. Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. Mike Reiss has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen animated films — including four ICE AGEs, two DESPICABLE MEs, THE LORAX, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – with a worldwide gross of $14 billion.
Mike and his wife, Denise are members of NYC Atheists.
SUBJECT: WRITING JOKES FOR “THE SIMPSONS”… AND THE POPE!
Mike Reiss has won four Emmys during his three decades writing for “The Simpsons”. Born Jewish, an atheist since age eight, has also written seven Christmas books.
He was also named “A Missionary of Joy” by Pope Francis for his work with the charity “Joke with the Pope”. Reiss will discuss the uses of religion in The Simpsons, illustrating it with rare animated clips. Hear his hilarious and amazing story.
The cost of this event is $20 which includes a wonderful all-you-can-eat brunch followed by our guest speaker.