Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin is an American television producer and writer. He was a writer for The Simpsons during the first five seasons and returned 20 years later to write an episode for season 27. He attended Harvard University, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon, as have many other Simpsons writers. He left along with most of the original staff in 1993, and has since written for several TV shows, including Listen Up!, Baby Blues and Homeboys in Outer Space. He also wrote for Late Night with David Letterman during the 1980s, and occasionally appeared on the show as Flunkie the late-night viewer mail clown, a depressed clown who smoked cigarettes and sometimes talked about his infected tattoos. Martin won four Emmys during his time at Late Night.

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June 13, 2016

Fan theories are kind of our thing. We talk about them on this podcast ( and in our articles ( We even created After Hours (, a whole series dedicated to fleshing out even the most unrealistic interpretations of our favorite TV shows and movies. But rarely do the creators of the pop culture we love reach out to us about our theories.

A few months ago we released an After Hours episode ( where we presented some pretty out-there speculations about the Simpsons universe. We thought Bart, Lisa and Marge represented Freud’s id, ego and superego, and we thought the universe as a whole was populated by thousands of clones. Little did we know how wrong we were.

We thought they were fun what-ifs, but long-time Simpsons writer Mike Reiss emailed us to tell us our theories were pure fantasy. So we thought we’d have him on the podcast! Mike along with Simpsons writer Jeff Martin sit down with Jack O’Brien, Dan O’Brien and Michael Swaim for a long discussion about Simpsons fan theories and the origins of some of our favorite episodes and jokes.


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