The Simpsons is the longest running series in television history and if you have ever wondered the secret to its success, now is your chance to hear from one of the longtime writers. Here are the details. According to News Channel 13, Mike Reiss, who has been a writer for the Simpsons for thirty years, will be speaking for free on Friday February 8th. He will be part of a writers speaking engagement at the University at Albany this Friday night at 7:30.

It was just announced that Fox has renewed The Simpsons for an unprecedented season thirty one and thirty two. This makes it the longest running scripted TV series in history and Mike Reiss is a writer that has been through it all.

Mike Reiss joined the show for the very first episode back in 1989 and continues to write for the show today. He wrote a fan guide called Springfield Confidential last year that gives an inside look at the creative process of the show along with interviews with writers, animators, celebrity guests and actors.

This is being put on by the New York State Writers Institute at the UAlbany Page Hall Downtown Campus this Friday from 7:30 to 9:30. For more information click here.

The best part is that it doesn't cost any DOH!