What is it like to write on ‘The Simpsons’?

Write on The simpsons is a legendary comedy badge of honor.

Like many around the world I think about it The simpsons a formative show in my life. His particular style of comedy has shaped so many in different generations. When you’ve got a show that has aired for over 30 years, writers come and go. But you cast a shadow longer than others.

John Swartzwelder is almost a myth of a person. He has written dozens of episodes, and some of him are widely considered to be the best on the series. In total, he wrote 59 episodes of the show. And recently he sat down with the New Yorker to talk about his experiences.

When it comes to writing that much, I can’t imagine picking a favorite. And Swartzwelder, who said to the New Yorker, “I don’t have one that I would prefer to anyone else, but I have some favorites that I always love to see.” Itchy & Scratchy & Marge, “Bart the Murderer,” “Dog of Death,” “Homer at the Bat,” “Homie the Clown,” “Bart Gets an Elephant,” “Homer’s Enemy,” and “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment “.

I can tell you this is basically a list of my favorite episodes. And many fans feel the same way.

And legend has it that most of these episodes are as Swartzwelder wrote them in space. He supposedly never edited his scripts or punched too much.

When Swartzwelder learned that his scripts had over 50% of their jokes and situations intact from his early drafts, he said, “If these numbers are correct, part of the reason my higher percentage may be because I always react with great dismay Anger and even horror every time one of my jokes was cut. The other writers were more adult about when their jokes were cut. And see what it got them? Now everyone is laughing at their percentages. ”

While these answers are funny, we should point out that no show is as good as The simpsons without great collaboration behind the scenes and that helps any writer improve their skills.

One of the best things a show likes The simpsons The public was made to talk about writers in general. We’ve seen people like James L. Brooks, Conan O’Brien, Mike Scully, and Bill Oakley soar in the room and create unique works of comedy art.

That is the legacy Swartzwelder seems most proud of. “I’m definitely pleased that people still like the episodes I’ve made. I would say all the praise makes me humble, but of course praise does just the opposite. But I appreciate the attention . The simpsons I did something that I didn’t think was possible: It got viewers to watch writers’ credits on TV shows. When I was growing up we would look at the names of the actors and maybe the director, but that was it. Now, a whole generation of viewers not only knows about writers, they wonder how we really are in real life. And they want to know what we think. And look through our windows. This is kind of progress, and we have it The simpsons to thank for it. “

I loved hearing all of these quotes. I think the more we hear about the writers’ processes, the more we will get people to write for themselves and bring the best shows and films forward.

What were your favorite quotes here? Let us know in the comments.

Check out the entire interview below the New Yorker.

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