Legendary Simpsons Writer Reveals Show Secrets After 30 Years


Swartzwelder revealed during the interview that due to a deal executive producer Jim Brooks had set up¬†with Fox, the writers had creative control over the series.¬†For¬†Swartzwelder, he preferred to write a “lousy” script first before adding in jokes to the second draft since the revisions are “comparatively easy and rather fun.” Although 75% of a writer’s script would typically be rewritten by the team,¬†Swartzwelder admitted that his percentage was likely¬†lower than 75%¬†because he always¬†“reacted with great dismay, rage, and even horror” when his jokes were cut

In addition to talking about the writing process of¬†The Simpsons,¬†Swartzwelder confirmed and denied several rumors that have been circling the show for years. One rumor that¬†Swartzwelder refuted was that he started working from home after season 4 so that he could smoke, but in reality, he just¬†didn’t want to go in every day. It’s also been widely reported that¬†Swartzwelder bought the actual diner booth he used to write¬†Simpsons¬†episodes at. While he did have two diner booths installed in his house to write,¬†both of them were brand new. The Itchy and Scratchy material is often connected to¬†Swartzwelder episodes, which has led many people to believe he created the characters.¬†Swartzwelder says he didn’t create them but just enjoyed working¬†with the characters. The writer also confirmed that when he wrote material for Homer, he imagined the character as a “big talking dog.”

The interview had a ton of details that¬†The Simpsons¬†fans have been dying to know for years. While¬†Swartzwelder gave a great insight into his time working on¬†The Simpsons, the main thing that remained consistent throughout the interview was how humble the writer was. People know very little about¬†Swartzwelder due to his private lifestyle but have coined the term “Swartzweldian” to describe his type of comedy.¬†Swartzwelder said he felt complimented by the word and that he is proud of¬†The Simpsons¬†legacy saying, “I like to think that ‚ÄúThe Simpsons‚ÄĚ has helped create a generation of wise guys, who live in a world where everybody is up to something. If that‚Äôs all we‚Äôve achieved, aside from the billions of dollars we‚Äôve made, I‚Äôm satisfied.¬†The Simpsons¬†is expected to live on for years to come, but if it weren’t for¬†Swartzwelder, it’s possible the show wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.

Source: The New Yorker

Originally from https://screenrant.com/simpsons-bts-secrets-writer-john-swartzwelder-interview/

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