What is John Swartzwelder's net worth? The Simpsons writer gives first interview

Jane Corscadden May 4, 2021

What is John Swartzwelder’s net worth? The typically reclusive writer of The Simpsons has just given his first interview with the New Yorker, where he talks about his life and career extensively.

Naturally, people are interested in finding out more about him, including his net worth.

Who is John Swartzwelder?

Before we get into that, however, let’s start off with the basics.

John Swartzwelder is an American comedy writer and author, best known for his writing work on The Simpsons. He wrote a whopping 59 episodes of the show between 1990 and 2003, more than any other writer in the show’s history.

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John Swartzwelder in a 1992 staff photo for The Simpsons. Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAWE0Kjn8ac

He was born in February 1949 in Seattle, Washington and went to high school in Renton, Washington.

Swartzwelder worked for a few years as an advertising copywriter in Chicago. After this, he worked on Saturday Night Live for a season in 1985. He was hired at The Simpsons in 1989 for his contributions to a comedy zine.

 

Since leaving the show in 2003, he has written 13 novels.

What did he say in the New Yorker interview?

Over the course of a month and a half, New Yorker’s Mike Sacks spoke with John Swartzwelder. This was his first major interview and comes 18 years after he left The Simpsons.

Sacks described Swartzwelder as a cult figure. He described his work on the show as “conjuring dark characters from a strange, old America: banjo-playing hobos, cigarette-smoking ventriloquist dummies…pantless, singing old-timers.”

John Swartzwelder talked about some of his favourite episodes to write. He said: “A Mr Burns episode was always fun for me. And Homer, of course. Patty and Selma, less so. But all the characters in Springfield can be funny. It’s just a matter of giving them something to say.”

He also said that The Simpsons “helped create a generation of wise guys, who live in a world where everybody is up to something.”

What is John Swartzwelder’s net worth?

So, we know who he is and what he’s done over the years. But what is John Swartzwelder’s total net worth?

It’s hard to get a definite answer, but most online sources pin his net worth as being between $1.5 – 5.5 million. This is a result of his extensive career success as a screenwriter and author.

Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.