Riposte Nº3: The Simpsons Writers’ Room — Give it up for the ladies behind the laughs

Riposte is a smart magazine for women, made by editor in chief Danielle Pender, creative director Shaz Madani, photography editor Gem Fletcher, features editor Liv Siddall and a roll call of excellent creatives. I've served as contributing editor since it's inception in 2013. Here's an excerpt from my article on the women who write The Simpsons. * * * Laughing out loud. The kind that erupts from the deep and propels lap cats into flight. This is the holy grail of comedy writing and only the elite can pull it off, fewer still maintain it beyond a handful of seasons. And there is only one that’s managed it, globally, for 25 side-splitting years. Cue music, cue clouds, cue The Simpsons. January 2015 marks the show’s silver anniversary with FOX, making it the longest-running scripted series in the history of television. That’s 552 scripts and counting. From the blackboard lines and couch gags to the infinite, scrupulous detail of every plot; Springfield feels as rich and as real as those other cities you’ve seen on TV, but haven’t yet had the chance to visit. You know its inhabitants like you know the characters of your own hometown, maybe even better. On the eve of The Simpsons’ 25th birthday, fangirl L.A. Ronayne celebrates the success of the planet’s most renowned TV show. With a focus on the family’s famous females, she speaks to scriptwriter Stephanie Gillis and Bart Simpson herself—Nancy Cartwright.. * * * For more visit www.ripostemagazine.com or follow @ripostemagazine

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