As part of BPL Presents’s Democracy Lab in the Spacebuster at Grand Army Plaza, four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss shares stories, secrets and scandals from his thirty years writing for The Simpsons. The raucous program examines the show’s use of satire to prod American politics, and features rare animated clips and a lively Q & A session. Following the show, Reiss will be signing his new Simpsons memoir Springfield Confidential.

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. 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.”

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