Joel Cohen


Joel Cohen

Emmy Winning Writer and Co-Producer, The Simpsons

What does it take to stay creative and innovative for 28 straight years? What lessons can be drawn from the process and group dynamics of a hit TV show? How do you fix a leaky water heater? Joel Cohen can answer two of those questions. As the 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 in 1989, The Simpsons has broadcast more than 600 episodes, and was named by Time as “The greatest TV show of the 20th century.”

In his fascinating and wonderfully humorous presentations, Joel provides vibrant stories and key lessons to the show’s sustained creative process, group dynamics, and culture of innovation. A hilarious speaker, he draws links between running a business and keeping a hit show fresh. This most certainly will be the best time you will ever have at a speech.

Joel found success in the corporate world before making a “completely illogical” career move into comedy writing. His 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.

In addition to writing for several movies, television, and online projects, Joel is also the author of How to Lose a Marathon: A Starter’s Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters. He holds two Emmy awards, with four nominations; three Writers’ Guild Awards; and a Jewish Image Award.

Joel has spoken at more than a hundred events worldwide, including for Merrill Lynch, AOL, Accenture, Red Hat, InnoTownCommunique, Brightworks, Eli Lilly, CropLife Canada,  DDB Group Asia Pacific, Envirotec, Beckman Coulter, Arido, Google, Institute of Communication Agencies, Chick-fil-A, Mexico Corporate Leaders Summit, Compass Group, and many more.

He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and York University.

The Simpsons: There's No "I" In "Innovation": Lessons in Innovation from the Most Successful Show in TV History

Joel Cohen is an absolutely hilarious, deadpan, quick-on-his feet speaker…perfect for any group that needs to enhance their innovation culture, but who prefer to laugh a little (okay, a lot) while learning how.

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.

He asks, and then brilliantly answers, questions essential to the success of any industry. 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? And how do you overcome creative log jams?