There is a lot about these novels to recommend. They’re close to the writing of humorists like Jack Handey, Woody Allen, and even S. J. Perelman.
Anthony Scibelli
Frankly, Swartzwelder writes the funniest books I've read in a long, long time. It's my opinion that John Swartzwelder is the funniest working writer today.
Peter Derk
Books that everyone should check out.
New York Times
Bill Hader
The writer of so many of the best Simpsons episodes offers a delightfully ridiculous literary trip.
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Mr. Marc A. Myers
reader review
They're all really funny ... Swartzwelder's humor translates well to the narrative form.
Gorilla's Choice
Swartzwelder is clearly inspired by his career as a television writer, using a very sharp three act structure.
Anthony Scibelli
John Swartzwelder is one of the greatest comedy minds of all time. He is the comedy writer whose words makes the best comedy writers in the world laugh out loud.
Time Magazine
Matt Selman
The greatest writer in the English language in any form.
New York Times
Dan Greaney
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John Swartzwelder

John Swartzwelder is an Emmy Award winning American comedy writer and novelist, also known for his work on the The Simpsons. Born in Seattle, Washington, Swartzwelder began his career working in advertising in Chicago. While in Chicago he would write a novelty song that became a local club scene hit. He was later hired as a writer for Lorne Michael’s hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, which ultimately led him joining the original writing team of The Simpsons in 1989. In 1996 he developed a multi-million dollar pilot episode for a comedy Western series.

Swartzwelder worked on The Simpsons as a writer and producer until 2003, and later contributed to The Simpsons Movie. He is credited with writing the largest number of Simpsons episodes by a large margin, 59 full episodes, with credited contributions to hundreds of episodes in all. The vast majority of his episodes were written for the first 10 seasons of the series, widely considered the “golden age” of Simpsons comedy.

After his retirement from The Simpsons, Swartzwelder began a career as a writer of comedy novels debuting with The Time Machine Did It, the first in his acclaimed Detective Frank Burly series. He has authored and published over a dozen books. His most recent standalone book, The Squirrel Who Saved Practically Everybody, was released in 2019. The latest book in the Detective Frank Burly series, The Spy With No Pants, was released in early 2021 to much fanfare with John arriving on scene by jet pack before signing copies in front of the Barnes & Noble at the Mall of America.

The Simpsons is owned by Disney and Swartzwelder’s episodes are available on DVD and streaming on Disney Plus. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program where Amazon will pay us a commission for linking to products on and affiliated sites. Copyright and publishing rights for Swartzwelder’s books are owned by John Swartzwelder. For media inquiries please send to the number I am thinking of between 1 and 500