Our bareNaked LA Reading Series will open next week with a new play by MIKE REISS, I'M CONNECTICUT featuring the Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble as well as special guest artists including JOYCE DeWITT.
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Mike Reiss is has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his eighteen years writing for “The Simpsons”. In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was recently named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006. The film won awards in New York, Chicago, Sweden, Germany and Wales. Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “ALF”, and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. “My Life in Ruins”, a film inspired by his travels to 61 countries, was released in 2009. Reiss was also co-wrote ‘The Simpsons Movie” and “Ice Age 3”, with a combined world-wide gross of $1.5 billion. His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has published fourteen children’s books, including the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas” and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR”, and “Games Magazine”.
As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over one
hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”. He has been happily married for twenty-one years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.