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Sketch Anatomy: Bill Oakley Breaks Down 'SCTV's "Dr. Tongue's Evil House of Pancakes"

Welcome to our new column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For our very first installment of Sketch Anatomy we reached out to Bill Oakley, whose television work extends from TripTank to Portlandia back to serving as writer and showrunner for classic '90s Simpsons episodes like "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" and "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy." Oakley chose an old sketch from SCTV starring Joe Flaherty, John Candy, [...]

"Prince Comes to Springfield," by Conan O'Brien and 9 Other Classic-Era Simpsons Episodes That Almost Were

In honor of the impending 500th episode of The Simpsons, former writer/showrunner (and current Portlandia writer/producer) Bill Oakley just tweeted the "top 10 episodes that were pitched, discussed, written but not aired." It's the best possible thought experiment: imagining just what these episodes would have been like had they been produced around season 7 of the show. I mean, come on, "Bart Gets 144 Jeeps"? "Prince Comes to Springfield" by Conan O'Brien?! Good god. And hey, it's not too late! Maybe one of these can become episode 513 or something.

And if you missed Oakley's contributions to this here website, which include a peek at how the early era [...]

First Draft Script: "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song"

Below is the final outline for "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. This was the 18th episode of the fifth season and the 100th episode overall of The Simpsons.

This document is a part of The Lost Jokes and Story Arcs of "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", a feature that has co-writer Bill Oakley running through the writing process for this episode and all of the jokes and story arcs that had to be cut. He also goes over the general writing process The Simpsons from seasons 3-9 and where the first draft script fits into it.

Also be sure to check [...]

List of Jokes and Story Ideas by Former Simpsons Showrunners Hints at What Might Have Been

Ned Flanders writes a Christian sci-fi book. Grampa Simpson visits the set of Matlock. Jimbo finally graduates from Springfield Elementary, leaving Bart all of his troublemaking supplies.

These are ideas for early Simpsons episodes by former showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein from a document they recently unearthed from an old hard drive. "Unused Stories and Premises" is an incredible look at the writing process from the golden years of the show, one that shows how tiny jokes were turned into classic episodes.

'Portlandia,' 'Whitney,' and 'Up All Night' All Get New Executive Producers and/or Showrunners

It's new job time! Over at Portlandia, Bill Oakley has been promoted to co-Executive Producer (and they start writing season three next week!). Whitney just got a new showrunner in Friends' Wil Calhoun (old showrunner Betsy Thomas is heading to NBC's Guys With Kids), while Up All Night will now be helmed by Everybody Loves Raymond's Tucker Cawley. What TV comedy did you become showrunner of today?

Former Simpsons Showrunner Bill Oakley Joining Portlandia

Here's some exciting news: Bill Oakley, former Simpsons showrunner and friend of Splitsider, is joining Portlandia as a writer and consulting producer for its second season. Oakley lives in Portland already, so he's probably got years of jokes about its residents just waiting to explode from his chest, which I assume is covered by a shirt with a bird on it.

Final Outline: "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song"

Below is the final outline for "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. This was the 18th episode of the fifth season and the 100th episode overall of The Simpsons.

This document is a part of The Lost Jokes and Story Arcs of "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", a feature that has co-writer Bill Oakley running through the writing process for this episode and all of the jokes and story arcs that had to be cut. He also goes over the general writing process The Simpsons from seasons 3-9 and where the outline fits into it.

Also be sure to check out the [...]

Former Simpsons Showrunners Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein Bringing 22 Birthdays to Bravo

Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were the showrunners at The Simpsons during seasons 7 and 8, and writers for many seasons before that. Since leaving The Simpsonsin 1997, they've worked on lots of shows both together and independently, including Futurama and Portlandia and a whole slew of pilots that haven't seen the light of day. And now, they're bringing one of the first scripted series to reality fixture Bravo with 22 Birthdays.

The show "centers on the sordid and scandalous activities of a group of parents at an exclusive private school, with each episode centered around an extravagant and lavish birthday party." The pilot was actually [...]

The Lost Jokes and Story Arcs of "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song"

Bill Oakley was a writer at The Simpsons from seasons 4-6 and an executive producer/showrunner with his writing partner Josh Weinstein from seasons 7-8. They wrote such episodes as "Who Shot Mr. Burns?," "$pringfield," “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy,” and "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song." This last one was the 100th episode of the show, and it went through some pretty serious revisions from pitch to final draft. This is a transcription of a conversation about that specific episode, edited for length and clarity. Also included are the original Story Pitch, Final Outline and First Draft from the writing process (which you can find explained [...]

Story Pitch: "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song"

Below is the original story pitch for "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. This was the 18th episode of the fifth season and the 100th episode overall of The Simpsons.

This document is a part of The Lost Jokes and Story Arcs of "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", a feature that has co-writer Bill Oakley running through the writing process for this episode and all of the jokes and story arcs that had to be cut. He also goes over the general writing process The Simpsons from seasons 3-9 and where the story pitch fits into it.

Also be sure to check [...]