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Watch Conan O’Brien and Four Other Writers Discuss The Simpsons

By now, Conan O'Brien is very much a part of the late-night talk-show establishment, but there was a time when he was just a young upstart at a hit animated show called The Simpsons. In the most recent episode of his web series "Serious Jibber-Jabber," he interviews four writers who were his seniors when he worked there, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen, and Jeff Martin. It's a superfun discussion, in which they touch on how Jub-Jub became the name of Selma's iguana, how Tracy Ullman always hated the cartoon, and how Conan was the only person in the show's history to have three episode ideas accepted in one story idea day. At one point, Al Jean talks about a post he did for Vulture where he listed the writers' favorite Simpsons songs, and he actually mentions one commenter's (LostNewYorker) comment. The moral of the story is if you comment on our site, expect Conan O'Brien to hear about it.