As a writer and supervising producer of The Simpsons for four years, Larry Doyle won two Emmys and an Annie award for his contributions. Now, he’s focusing on his new book, I Love You, Beth Cooper, which was released this May. The setting of the book is Buffalo Grove High School in Illinois, where he graduated 1976.
Before becoming famous for his razor-sharp wit and offbeat humor, Doyle began his career with a seven-year stint at United Press International, where he was a medical and science reporter. Then in 1989, for a short while, he became the editorial director of First Comics, then the third-largest comic book company in the country.
He then went to write for the newly revived Pogo comic strip, which appeared in more than 300 newspapers. Then in 1992, Doyle was executive editor of SPY magazine and then became an editor-writer for New York magazine for four years.
During that time, he wrote several episodes of Beavis and Butt-head as well as two episodes of Rugrats. He also wrote and produced Monkeys, an animated pilot for the FOX network. Doyle was writer and executive producer of the film, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and produced eight new Looney Tunes shorts for Warner Brothers. He also wrote the movie Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.
Doyle has written for numerous magazines, including Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Harpers and Time. Currently, he is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker’s Shout and Murmurs section and writes The Doyle Report every month for Esquire.
This bio was written at the time of Larry Doyle’s inauguration into the 2007 Illini Media Hall of Fame.