John Swartzwelder gives first major interview about 'The Simpsons'


Swartzwelder, who has a fame of being very personal, labored on the animated series between 1989 and 2003, and spoke to The New Yorker how he received the gig.

In the late Eighties, 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 author Sam Simon, who employed him to put in writing 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 stated.

Swartzwelder wrote well-known episodes, together with “Homer at the Bat” and “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge,” and stated the community 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 informed the publication.

He added the writers aimed to make themselves snicker.

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



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