THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!!!!
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
1000 HAMBURG HALL
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THE SIMPSONS AND OTHER GENTILES I WORK WITH
Mike Reiss, April 4, 2009
3:30pm - 1000 Hamburg Hall
Mike Reiss is one of the founding writers of THE SIMPSONS, winning four Emmy Awards during his twenty years with the show. In this entertaining presentation, Mike will share stories about dealing with network censors and prickly guest stars, and discuss how THE SIMPSONS is perceived around the world. Mike will also show clips from his Simpsons work, as well as his original animated creations THE CRITIC and QUEER DUCK (about a gay duck).
There will be a special emphasis on Jewish themes in THE SIMPSONS, but you don't have to be Jewish, or even a Simpsons fan, to enjoy this speech.
Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his seventeen years writing for “The Simpsons”. In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck”.
“Queer Duck” earned praise from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the gay press and Howard Stern. It was recently named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006. The film won awards from arts organizations in New York, Germany and Wales.
Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “The PJs”, and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. Reiss’ original dramatic screenplay, “Fat Man” is in production with Adam Sandler attached to star. He was also a contributing writer to “Ice Age”, “Ice Age 2”, “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”, and 2007’s “The Simpsons Movie”.
His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award as Best First Mystery. He also wrote the best-selling children’s book “How Murray Saved Christmas”, soon to be a feature film from Nickelodeon. Other children’s books include “The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln”, “Santa Claustrophobia”, and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss is also a frequent contributor to “Esquire” and “Games Magazine”.
As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over one hundred colleges and institutions, on four continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”.
He is married (happily) and lives in Los Angeles (sadly).
Co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Office of the Dean, School of Drama, School of Art, Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises (artsnet.org) and Hillel Jewish University Center
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