Matt Selman

Matt Selman is a writer/producer who has worked on thirteen seasons of The Simpsons. He currently serves as an Executive Producer. Selman grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He wrote on Seinfeld before starting at The Simpsons in 1997. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

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‘District 9′ Banned in District 9

DISTRICT 9, Johannesburg (AP) — In the wake of its recent Nigerian ban, the film District 9 has also been banned in District 9. Citing images of the district’s alien inhabitants as “filthy, violent, cat food-eating bug-monsters,” Hive Drone Overseer Prime Martin Anderson forbid the film’s showing within the perimeter of the penned-off …

True Tales of Conversational Vengeance

A few years ago, after a long day spent thinking of new nouns for Homer to say after “Mmm…”, my wife dragged me to the screening of a film directed by a friend. The film was fine. The rough part was the reception.

A room full of strangers is not my favorite social scenario. I prefer a room full of people who already think I’m great. …

Obligatory Marvel-Disney Mash-ups!!!

FINDING NAMOR

HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIFTED YOUNSTERS MUSICAL

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MARY POPPINS

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (HANK McCOY)

THE AVENGER DUMPLING GANG

SKRULL GOOFY

THE INCREDIBLES (already a FANTASTIC FOUR rip-off)

SLEEPING MUTIE

SNOW WHITE AND THE SINISTER SIX

POWER MAN AND LION …

Dead Screenwriters Quiz

Three important screenwriters died recently. Which writer’s work will have the greatest impact on the future of movie-making?

A) Budd Schulberg (On the Waterfront)
B) John Hughes (Ferris Beuller’s Day Off)
C) Blake Snyder (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot)

The answer, in the pattern of how these things always go, is C) Blake …

Bad Acronyms

On August 7, an action movie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, opens against a cooking movie, Julie and Julia. To update the franchise for the new millennium, G.I. Joe now stands for:

Global
Integrated
Joint
Operating
Entity

Days before its release, Julie and Julia has also revealed its new acronym:

Jolly
Upper middle …

The Old Man and the C (Comic-Con)

I’ve been to 13 Comic-Cons. And every year I go back, I get this crazy feeling. It’s a combination of exhaustion and déjà vu and girls in costumes that warps me into a headspace where I believe that Comic-Con is my only true existence. The rest of my life – the other 364 days – seem like a dream. What I think of as “Real …

A Real American Hero

Dick Cheney testifies before the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding a top secret counter-terrorism program whose existence he allegedly hid from Congress:

Dianne Feinstein: Mr. Cheney, this is truly astounding. You knew of a mysterious program whose mission was so important you hid its very existence …

Old Comedy Never Dies

Commentator John McEnroe, describing Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who had just won a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam Title:

He looks just maaahvelous, as Billy Crystal said.

This is why comedy writers do what they do.  For immortality.  To live forever.

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