“Wow, my first published article, hoo! Although someone else’s name is on it.” – Lisa Simpson “Heh heh, welcome to the humiliating world of professional writing.” – Homer Simpson
Earlier this month a book called And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry came out. It appears to be exactly what it sounds like. Mike Sacks, the author, was interviewd and let this precious gem drop:
TV writers are given a lot of territory. Aren’t screenplays every comedy writer’s dream?
When you look at The Simpsons, Freaks and Geeks or Arrested Development, you can see some of the sharpest humour writing of the past 25 years. The Simpsons Movie didn’t come close to the TV show in terms of being funny and sharp.
A-fucking-men. Reading that led me to the book’s website. There I found an extract from the interview with Simpsons alum George Meyer. It is, obviously, worth reading in full, though I can’t resist posting this:
You can see that sensibility in many episodes of The Simpsons. As opposed to most shows, The Simpsons is never afraid to mock religion and the religious.
I think what we’re really satirizing is moral certainty—the myopia of the pious. The religious ferociously defend their own beliefs, but if a Sioux wants to keep a Target store off his sacred land they’ll laugh in his face.
I always enjoy it when I see or hear a religious type cite The Simpsons as a show that portrays religion positively. They usually have no idea how badly they’re humiliating themselves. It’s beautiful.