Joel Cohen is an Emmy award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons.
The longest-running American scripted prime-time television series in history, Joel has been a key part of the show’s success.
Since its debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons has broadcast more than 600 episodes, and was named by Time as “The greatest TV show of the 20th century.”
It has won dozens of awards, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award.
A graduate of the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and York University (M.B.A.), Joel Cohen found success in the corporate world before making a completely illogical career move into comedy writing.
Cohen’s experience as both a “creative” and a “suit” has not only left him with a puzzling resume, it also gives him a unique perspective to discuss innovation and its place in business.
“The same factors that allow creativity to arise, to live or to die for writers are also present and relevant in corporations and even individuals.”
In his fascinating and wonderfully humorous presentations, Cohen provides vibrant stories and key lessons to the show’s sustained creative process, group dynamics and culture of innovation.
Armed with inspired anecdotes and clips, he takes you into the fabled writer’s room at The Simpsons to draw the links – and there are many – between maintaining a hit show and running a successful company.
Joel Cohen asks, and then brilliantly answers, questions essential to the success of any industry, such as:
- What does it take to stay creative and innovative for 28 straight years?
- How do you manage group dynamics to get the best from your talent?
- How do you find, evaluate, implement, and even discard, new ideas?
- How do you chart a renewable path to innovation?
- How do you overcome creative log jams?
- What lessons can be drawn from the process and group dynamics of a hit TV show?
This most certainly will be the best time you will ever have at a speech!