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Lunch With The Simpsons

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Aug 13, 2018
Lunch With The Simpsons

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Raining doughnuts. The Gummy Venus De Milo. Homer's dreams of mayo. Food has always been a huge part of The Simpsons.

That's part of why it's Dan's FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL TIME.

And The Simpsons' writers are just as obsessed with food as Dan and Homer.

This week on the show, Dan gets the experience of a lifetime, when he visits The Simpsons writers' room to talk about the role of food on the show, and for the people behind the scenes.

Simpsons' writer, Ryan Koh (below center) says, "Everyone in the morning orders a salad and then by the time lunch comes around it's like this is the last thing in the world I want to eat. What am I going to do? My whole day is screwed."


Dan and the writers talk about their favorite food moments from Simpsons history, and focus on one episode, "The Food Wife," in which Bart, Lisa, and Marge become food bloggers.

That episode's writer, Matt Selman (above left), explains, "We're the Simpsons, we like to make fun of things, so if there's a smugness or a self importance or a bragging element of it, let's make fun of that."

Later in the episode, we learn why TV writers might be the pickiest eaters in the world. Plus, Dan meets Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, who explains how new technologies have changed the show’s food jokes.

Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Stacks" by Erick Anderson

-"Comin For A Change" by Stephen Sullivan

Photos: Dan Pashman and Rob LaZebnik

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