Matt Selman

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Matt Selman
Matt Selman by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Selman at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
BornSeptember 9, 1971 (1971-09-09) (age 49)
OccupationWriter, Producer
Known forThe Simpsons
Spouse(s)Renee Ridgeley

Matthew Selman (born September 9, 1971) is an American writer and producer.

Early life[edit]

Selman grew up in Massachusetts. He graduated from Beaver Country Day School in 1989. He studied history at the University of Pennsylvania and served as Editor-in-Chief for 34th Street Magazine.[1][2][3][4][5]


After considering a career in journalism, he decided to try to become a television writer. After two years of failed spec scripts he was eventually hired to write an episode of Seinfeld in 1996.

The Simpsons[edit]

In 1997, Selman joined the writing staff of The Simpsons, where he has remained, rising to the position of executive producer.[6] He has written or co-written 28 episodes of the show, including "Natural Born Kissers" which the show's creator Matt Groening listed as his eighth favorite episode in 2000.,[7] "Behind the Laughter", "Trilogy of Error", "Sky Police" and "The Food Wife". He also co-wrote the 2007 film adaptation of the show, as well as co-writing the video games The Simpsons: Road Rage, The Simpsons Hit and Run and The Simpsons Game.

Selman has won six Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the show, sharing them with the other producers.[8] Selman received an Annie Award in 1999 for writing "Simpsons Bible Stories".[9] He also won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2004 for writing the episode "The Dad Who Knew Too Little".[10] In the episode, Homer's e-mail was said to be Selman registered the e-mail and received thousands of messages after the episode aired.[11] He responded to some of them in the character of Homer, but gave up when he forgot the password.[12]

Of his writing of The Simpsons he said: "The hardest thing is we have to try and make each episode as good as everything that's come before it. We have a legacy of greatness, and you don't want to be the person that ruins The Simpsons."[13]

Other journalistic endeavors[edit]

Selman formerly wrote for's Techland "Nerd World" blog alongside Lev Grossman,[4] and is also the creator and writer of the webtoon "Superhero Roommate."[14] Selman also has written jokes for many animated movies. He appeared alongside Groening and voice actor Hank Azaria to judge on a The Simpsons-themed challenge on an episode of Top Chef: Masters in 2010.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Selman is married to Renee Ridgeley[17] and has two daughters.



  1. ^ Gross, Dan (2008-02-28). "'Geator' takes a heart break". Philadelphia Daily News. p. 39.
  2. ^ Hall, Brendan (2008-08-24). "Notebook". The Boston Globe. p. 7Reg.
  3. ^ Kahn, Joseph P. (2008-06-10). "Names". Boston Globe. p. 7B.
  4. ^ a b "About Matt Selman". Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  5. ^ Haralson, Jessica (2008-04-25). "Meeting Marge at the Button: Revisionism Rules!". The Pennsylvania Gazette.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (2010-07-24). "Comic-Con 2010: 'The Simpsons' get 'Glee'-ful for upcoming season". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  7. ^ Snierson, Dan (2000-01-14). "Springfield of Dreams". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  8. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards Advanced Search". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  9. ^ "Arts Beat". Dallas Morning News. 1999-11-08. p. 23A.
  10. ^ Associated Press (2004-02-23). "`Translation,' 'Splendor' Honored". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. D-8.
  11. ^ "Simpsons fans get e-mails from Homer". BBC News. 2003-01-30. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  12. ^ Leyden, John (2008-07-14). "Homer Simpson's email address hacked". The Register. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  13. ^ Dudley, Jennifer (2003-05-15). "Hands Down". The Courier Mail. p. What's On 007.
  14. ^ Botwin, Michele (2000-06-16). "These Days, Web Sites Are Becoming Fairly Animated". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  15. ^ Ramirez, Elva (2010-05-13). "'Top Chef Masters,' Season 2, Episode 6: TV Recap". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
  16. ^ Walker, Tim (2009-04-30). "A good day at the office for Gervais". The Daily Telegraph. p. 007.
  17. ^ "Matt Selman". IMDB. Retrieved 28 January 2018.

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