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'Simpsons' writer John Swartzwelder gives first major interview

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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"The Simpsons" writer John Swartzwelder is finally talking about his days writing 59 iconic episodes of the show.

(CNN)"The Simpsons" writer John Swartzwelder is finally talking about his days writing 59 iconic episodes of the show.

In the late 1980s, he was writing for a small comedy zine named "Army Man," and his jokes landed him an interview with "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and its producer and writer Sam Simon, who hired him to write an episode.

"The 'Army Man' jokes got me my initial interview with Sam and Matt [Groening], which led to my first script assignment, 'Bart the General,' but I wasn't actually hired to work on staff until I'd done three episodes.

They've got enough now, of course," Swartzwelder said.

Swartzwelder wrote famous episodes, including "Homer at the Bat" and "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge," and said the network largely left them alone.

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