|Interview: Mike Reiss
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Posted: August 8, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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The New York International Fringe Festival starts tomorrow, August 9th. And, my friend Mike Reiss – an Emmy Award-winning writer from The Simpsons – has a show in this year’s edition. Before you check out his play Rubble, you can read my brief interview with Mike (pictured as a Simpsons character) below.
TED GREENBERG: What’s your favorite Jerry Lewis movie and why?
MIKE REISS: “The Family Jewels”! It’s got Jerry Lewis playing seven characters! And it’s a kids’ film with a dirty title!
TG: What’s your family’s favorite Simpson’s joke of yours or episode?
MR: I wrote a joke for The Simpsons Movie where, when the dome is being lowered over the city, people from a bar run into a church and people from a church run into a bar (you had to see it). Scholarly papers have been written deconstructing this one joke. Garry Trudeau told me it was the greatest three seconds in comedy history. I replied, “That’s what my wife called our honeymoon.” That’s the worst joke I ever wrote.
TG: What do you like most about working in the theater vs. TV/film?
MR: My favorite thing about theater is that there’s absolutely no money in it — everyone’s doing it because they love it. My least favorite thing about theater is also that there’s no money in it.
Now run out and see Rubble.