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Matt Selman

Matt Selman at the 2009 Comic Con in San Diego.
Born Matthew Selman
Occupation Screenwriter
Known for The Simpsons, Seinfeld

Matthew "Matt" Selman is an American writer. He has written for Seinfeld, The Simpsons and was one the co-writers of 2007's The Simpsons Movie.


Early life

Selman grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Beaver Country Day School (in 1989) and the University of Pennsylvania (in 1993).[1][2][3][4] At Penn he majored in history[5] and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student arts and culture magazine 34th Street Magazine. He "tried to make it [his] own little version of Entertainment Weekly, with minimal Penn references," noting "In retrospect, I wish we had wrote more original material, made it more comedy-oriented."[6] Selman considered a career in journalism and had an internship at Philadelphia.[5]


After graduation he moved to Los Angeles, California hoping to write for television with his 34th Street co-editor, Selman ended up as a "lunch-fetcher" on Ellen.[6] For two years he sent sample material to several shows before, in 1996, he was hired to co-write the Seinfeld episode "The Wait Out".[5] In 1997, Selman joined to staff of The Simpsons and has been a writer, producer and executive producer on the show ever since.[7][4] He has written 19 episodes and also co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show The Simpsons Movie.[8] Selman noted: "The hardest thing is we have to try and make each episode as good as everything that's come before it. We have a legacy of greatness, and you don't want to be the person that ruins The Simpsons."[7] He wrote the script for The Simpsons Hit & Run[6] and served as the head writer for The Simpsons Game. Alongside Tim Long and Matt Warburton he wrote the game's storyline; they wanted to create something that appealed to the fans of the show, and was, in its own right, "a great new game".[9] Selman said the reason they decided to call it The Simpsons Game and not add a subtitle was because they felt it was a restart of "the 'Simpsons' gaming franchise [...] a big, new, fresh game that takes on video games and hilarious things of all time".[10]

Selman received an Annie Award in 1999 for writing "Simpsons Bible Stories".[11] He also won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2004 for writing the episode "The Dad Who Knew Too Little".[12] In the episode, Homer's e-mail was said to be Selman registered the e-mail and received thousands of messages after the episode aired.[13] He responded to some of them in the character of Homer, but gave up after being swamped with e-mails.[14] Selman considers his best episode to be season twelves's "Trilogy of Error", which was based on the film Go.[6] Other episodes he has written include "Behind the Laughter",[6] "Husbands and Knives", "The Haw-Hawed Couple",[5] "Future-Drama" and "That 90's Show". Selman stated he was "proud" of "That 90's Show" despite the fact that it "irritated some of our more hardcore fans because they felt we were deliberately ret-conning the classic flashbacks of how Homer and Marge met and how the kids were born."[15] He added that it was "not a serious attempt to rewrite the show's continuity".[5] He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the show.[16] Selman stated in 2003 that he never wants to leave The Simpsons.[6]

He is writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Ricky Gervais' Flanimals.[17] Selman writes for's "Nerd World" blog alongside Lev Grossman,[4] and is also the creator and writer of the webtoon "Superhero Roommate."[18] Selman also contributed several jokes to Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. Allen Covert revealed in the commentary for the film that Selman conceived the lyric "Ev'ryone in town will be lookin' their best./ Even Mrs. Selman with the one extra breast!", using his mother's name.

Personal life

Selman is married and has two daughters.[4]

Writing credits

The Simpsons episodes

He has written the following episodes:

The Simpsons video games

Seinfeld episode

He had credit on the following episode:


  1. ^ Dan Gross (2008-02-28). "'Geator' takes a heart break". Philadelphia Daily News: p. 39. 
  2. ^ Brendan Hall (2008-08-24). "Notebook". The Boston Globe: p. 7Reg. 
  3. ^ Joseph P. Kahn (2008-06-10). "Names". Boston Globe: p. 7B. 
  4. ^ a b c d "About Matt Selman". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Jessica Haralson (2008-04-25). "Meeting Marge at the Button: Revisionism Rules!". The Pennsylvania Gazette. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Scott Haller and Timothy Gunitilaka (2003-10-02). "The 105th funniest man". 34th Street Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b Jennifer Dudley (2003-05-15). "Hands Down". The Courier Mail: p. What's On 007. 
  8. ^ "About the DVD". The Simpsons 20th Century Fox. Retrieved 2007-11-29.  On the main page, click on "About the DVD" then on "Production Notes".
  9. ^ "The Simpsons Game Executive Producer Q&A". GameSpot. September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  10. ^ Totilo, Stephen (May 10, 2007). "'Simpsons' Video Game Lets You Bounce Homer-Ball, Fly With Super-Bart". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  11. ^ "Arts Beat". Dallas Morning News: p. 23A. 1999-11-08. 
  12. ^ Associated Press (2004-02-23). "`Translation,' 'Splendor' Honored". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: p. D-8. 
  13. ^ "Simpsons fans get e-mails from Homer". BBC News. 2003-01-30. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  14. ^ Leyden, John (2008-07-14). "Homer Simpson's email address hacked". The Register. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  15. ^ Clayton Neuman (2008-11-03). "Simpsons Scribe Matt Selman Shares His Mad Men Inspiration". 
  16. ^
  17. ^ Tim Walker (2009-04-30). "A good day at the office for Gervais". The Daily Telegraph: p. 007. 
  18. ^ Michele Botwin (2000-06-16). "These Days, Web Sites Are Becoming Fairly Animated". Los Angeles Times. 

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