There is no custom code to display.

Reclusive ‘Simpsons’ writer John Swartzwelder gives first major interview

Reclusive ‘Simpsons’ writer John Swartzwelder gives first major interview

“The Simpsons” writer John Swartzwelder is finally talking about his days writing 59 iconic episodes of the show.

Swartzwelder, who has a reputation of being very private, worked on the animated series between 1989 and 2003, and spoke to The New Yorker how he got the gig.

In the late 1980s, he was writing for a small comedy zine named “Army Man,” and his jokes landed him an interview with “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and its producer and writer Sam Simon, who hired him to write an episode.

“The ‘Army Man’ jokes got me my initial interview with Sam and Matt [Groening], which led to my first script assignment, ‘Bart the General,’ but I wasn’t actually hired to work on staff until I’d done three episodes. ‘The Simpsons’ didn’t have enough money for a full-time writing staff until late in 1989. They’ve got enough now, of course,” Swartzwelder said.

Swartzwelder wrote famous episodes, including “Homer at the Bat” and “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge,” and said the network largely left them alone.

“The executives weren’t sent advance copies of the scripts, and they couldn’t attend read-throughs, even though they very much wanted to. All we had to do was please ourselves,” he told the publication.

He added the writers aimed to make themselves laugh.

“Comedy writers. That was the audience,” he said. “Luckily, a lot of other people, both kids and adults, liked the same jokes we liked.”

Recently Played

Entertainment News

How to watch the MTV Movie & TV awards

The MTV Movie & TV Awards, a popular vote and popcorn trophy celebration of the best entertainment of the year, will take place Sunday.

The Elizabeth Olsen-led Disney+ series “Wandavision” leads with five nominations. Other top nominees are “Emily in Paris” and “The Boys,” with four nominations each, and “Bridgerton” with three nods.

On Monday, MTV will debut its inaugural UNSCRIPTED portion of the award ceremony, to celebrate reality TV shows and moments.

Details on the shows follow below.

Where to watch:

The 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, simultaneously on MTV, MTV2, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, Nick at Nite, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1.

The hosts:

The always hilarious Leslie Jones will host Sunday’s ceremony. Comedian Nikki Glaser will host the UNSCRIPTED show on Monday.

Notable honors

Sacha Baron Cohen will be honored with the “Comedic Genius Award” and Scarlett Johansson will receive the “Generation Award.”

Presenters

Anthony Mackie, Eric Andre, Henry Golding, Justin Hartley, Mandy Moore, Nasim Pedrad, Tom Hiddleston, Vera Farmiga and Yvonne Orji are some of the presenters scheduled to appear on Sunday.

Pro wrestler Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young dies at 58

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) pro wrestler Jerome “New Jack” Young has died at 58, his wife, Jennifer Young, confirmed on Facebook. The wrestler joined ECW in the mid-90s and was featured in the 1999 documentary “Beyond the Mat,” according to the entertainment data website IMDB. The wrestling website PWInsider.com, who spoke to the wrestler’s wife,…Continue Reading

‘The Resident’ is tackling real-world medical issues

‘The Resident’ is tackling real-world medical issues

According to “The Resident” showrunner and executive producer Andrew Chapman, there was a time when the medical drama took some heat from those in the field. “We were really the first show to show problems in medicine and to really attack them and we took a lot of flack from doctors all across the country…Continue Reading

Robert De Niro leg injury won’t hamper Scorsese production

Robert De Niro leg injury won’t hamper Scorsese production

Robert De Niro injured his leg on location, but the show will go on. A rep for the legendary actor provided a statement to CNN about the incident on Friday. “While at his on-location home in Oklahoma for the filming of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Robert De Niro injured his quadriceps muscle…Continue Reading

Singer Tank reveals he’s going deaf

Singer Tank reveals he’s going deaf

R & B singer Tank is speaking out about losing his hearing, in an effort to help others who may face similar problems. The 45-year-old crooner and actor best known for tunes like “Maybe I Deserve” and “When We” took to his verified Instagram account to post a video about what he’s been going through,…Continue Reading

‘Halston’ dresses up Ewan McGregor as the fashion icon in an era of excess

‘Halston’ dresses up Ewan McGregor as the fashion icon in an era of excess

“Halston” follows the familiar rise-and-fall structure of cinematic biographies — think “Citizen Kane,” only with more sex, better clothes and disco. Yet what really defines this style-over-substance miniseries, other than Ewan McGregor’s no-holds-barred performance, are its insights regarding the tension between art and commerce. Spanning three decades in the designer’s tempestuous life, “Halston” has to…Continue Reading

Broadway is bringing pop up concerts to Tavern on the Green

Broadway is bringing pop up concerts to Tavern on the Green

Broadway stars will be popping up around New York City this summer. Stars from Broadway shows have teamed up with iconic New York eatery Tavern on the Green for “Broadway at Tavern,” a special series of live concerts under the stars at the restaurant. The exclusive TodayTix Originals concert series kicks off on May 25…Continue Reading

There is no custom code to display.