Full house at Wallingford library program with “Simpsons” writer

Full house at Wallingford library program with “Simpsons” writer

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WALLINGFORD — A library program with Mike Reiss — an original writer and producer of “The Simpsons” — drew 134 people and one baby.

Julie Rio, Wallingford Public Library adult programs librarian, said the Reiss talk on Thursday drew one of the largest recent audiences.

Reiss opened his hour-long talk with anecdotes about growing up in Connecticut.

“I grew up up the road in Bristol, Connecticut, where we refer to Wallingford as ‘the big city,’” he said. 

That may not be entirely accurate, but it’s funny. Reiss has a penchant for stretching the truth.

In his book “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for ‘The Simpsons,’” co-authored by Mathew Klickstein, he tells stories about his early life in Connecticut, his education, first jobs and everything he’s done in his career as a comedy writer.

His presentation featured many stories from the book and video clips.

“The Simpsons,” which is the longest running sitcom in U.S. television history, has more writers from Connecticut than from any other state, he said.

That seems like it could be the truth. At least it’s a fact that could be checked, unlike his follow-up joke.

“Whenever I ask people why they think that is, they all have the same answer: who cares?” Reiss said. 

But it didn’t matter to the full audience that came to hear Reiss talk.

John Bishop brought his son, 20-year-old Liam Bishop.

“I like the older episodes,” Liam Bishop said.

Bruce and Mary Ellen Connell watched the show with their now-adult kids.

“We’re longtime fans from way back,” Mary Ellen Connell said. “It was a good family program, something we could all watch together.”



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