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Mike Reiss (born September 15, 1959 in Bristol, Connecticut) is an American television comedy writer. He went to Harvard University. He 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".
Other websites[change | change source]
- Reiss feature in The Tattoo Teen Newspaper, including audio about writing for "The Simpsons"
- Channel4 - 100 Greatest Cartoons