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Mike Reiss

Michael "Mike" Reiss (born September 15, 1959) is an American television comedy writer. He served as a show-runner and currently producer for the smash hit animated series The Simpsons, co-created cult animated series, The Critic, independtly created and wrote the webtoon Queer Duck, and has also worked on screenplays including, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Horton Hears a Who!, The Simpsons Movie, Robots and My Life in Ruins.

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Life and career

He was born to a Jewish family in Bristol, Connecticut. Reiss attended Harvard University[1] and was co-president of the Harvard Lampoon with Jon Vitti. He has frequently collaborated with his writing partner Al Jean as a writer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and as writers/producers for many episodes of The Simpsons. The duo created and executive produced Teen Angel, which was canceled in its first season.

Independent works

Along with director Xeth Feinberg, in 2000 Reiss independently produced Hard Drinkin' Lincoln, a series of 16 flash animation cartoons for Icebox.com.[2]

Later, Reiss collaborated with Feinberg again to independently produce a short internet cartoon series entitled Queer Duck for Icebox.com. In 2002, the series was picked up by Showtime, where it aired as a supporting feature to Queer as Folk. Queer Duck: the Movie was released on DVD on July 18, 2006. The feature film reunites the Queer Duck cast. As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured on comedy and The Simpsons at colleges.

He has published six children's books, including How Murray Saved Christmas, published by Penguin, and City of Hamburgers, published by Inkwater Press. He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery story "Cro-Magnon PI". He was a consulting producer on The Oblongs and The PJs. He also co-wrote with Al Jean, The Critic webisodes.

Writing credits

The Simpsons episodes

The following is a list of episodes of The Simpsons Reiss has written with Al Jean:

The Critic episodes

He co-wrote the following episodes with Al Jean:

  • "Pilot"
  • "Dial 'M' For Mother"
  • "Sherman, Woman and Child"
  • "I Can't Believe It's A Clip Show!"

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Mike Reiss (born September 15, 1959 in Bristol, Connecticut) is an American television comedy writer. He went to Harvard University[1] and was co-president with Jon Vitti of the Harvard Lampoon. He has frequently collaborated with his writing partner Al Jean as a writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and writers/producers for many episodes of The Simpsons. The duo created and executive produced The Critic and Teen Angel, which was cancelled in its first season. Reiss independently produced a short internet cartoon series entitled Queer Duck for Icebox.com. In 2002, the series was picked up by Showtime, where it aired as a supporting feature to Queer as Folk. Queer Duck: the Movie was released on DVD July 18, 2006. The feature film reunites the Queer Duck cast. As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured on comedy and the Simpsons at colleges. He has published six children's books, including How Murray Saved Christmas. He also won an Edgar Award for his mystery story "Cro-Magnon PI".

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