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Seven Questions with Sam Simon

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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..."

Today's subject is Sam Simon.

Sam is a renowned television writer and producer who has written for Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, The George Carlin Show and The Drew Carey Show. Most notably, Simon along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks originally developed a little TV show called The Simpsons. Along with his illustrious career in the entertainment industry, Simon has also managed a World Champion boxer in Lamon Brewster and runs the Sam Simon Foundation, an organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and humane societies to become a Hearing Dog for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Simon, who currently resides in Pacific Palisades, is also a recreational poker player and appears in the highly-anticipated fifth season of High Stakes Poker, which premieres this Sunday at 9 pm on GSN.

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1) You made it pretty far in the World Series of Poker main event in 2007. Would you consider a win in a major poker tournament to be a bigger accomplishment than winning an Emmy or managing a world champion boxer?
Well when Lamon (Brewster), my fighter won his world championship, I would say that might have been the happiest night of my life. It was an exciting fight and he won. But that wasn't really my accomplishment. The Emmys are nice and I have a few of those. I'd say right now, there's no piece of hardware out there that I'd rather win than a World Series bracelet. My goal is to make a final table this year.