Sam Simon has written, produced and directed many popular TV shows (The Drew Carey Show, Cheers etc) in his life, but he's best known for developing the animated comedy series The Simpsons in 1989, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.
When it comes to poker, he was a regular at the World Series of Poker of poker (6 cashes in total) between 2007 and 2011; he appeared on a 2009 episode of High Stakes Poker and has been married to poker pro and actor Jennifer Tilly, who's married to Phil Laak now.
On Sunday, the long-awaited poker episiode of The Simpsons was finally broadcasted: "Gone, Abie, Gone." The main theme focused on Abe (Homer's dad) and a mistress he met while performing music at various bars during his 30s. Meanwhile Homer is burned while ordering onion rings at Krusty Burger. He sues the restaurant, gets $5,000, then deposits the money into an online site because Moe tells him that it's safer than a normal bank account.
Some fun news for all poker players and Simpsons fans out there. According to Inside TV, poker pro and actress Jennifer Tilly will make a cameo appearance in an episode of Simpsons' as herself, popping up in an instructional DVD that Lisa watches to brush up on her card skills.
Tilly, the ex-wife of Sam Simon, who developed The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, frequently lends her voice to another animated Fox Comedy, Family Guy. Apart from Family Guy, Tilly has made vocal work for popular films such as Monsters INC and Stuart Little.
The Simpsons' episode with Jennifer Tilly will be aired early next season - the show's 24th.
In episode 7 of High Stakes Poker, season 5, four new players joined the poker table together with pros like Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius etc. The 4 new players were Sam Simon & Nick Cassavetes, the creators of the simpsons. The other 2 players were poker pros Howard Lederer and Joe Hachem, these two played the most interesting hand of the night. Read more » HighStakes poker: The creators of The Simpsons joins the show
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