Matt Selman
Selman at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
Matthew David Selman

September 9, 1971 (1971-09-09) (age 50)
OccupationWriter, Producer
Known forThe Simpsons
Spouse(s)Renee Ridgeley

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

Early life

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

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]

As of 2020 he is joint show runner with Al Jean.

Other journalistic endeavors

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

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. ^ "'Translation,' 'Splendor' Honored". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 2004-02-23. 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.