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Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle is a 1976 graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, the setting for his 2007 novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper. He was not the valedictorian like the book's protagonist, ranking only 13th out of 500, although several of the students above him took pretty easy classes.

Doyle has wandered through a writing life that has seen him reporting on the early AIDS epidemic and the Challenger explosion, doing comic strips and editing magazines, and writing for the best television show of all time. He currently makes his living writing screenplays while contributing to The New Yorker and other magazines.

Doyle began his career with a seven-year stint at United Press International, where he was a medical and science reporter. For a short while thereafter, he was editorial director of First Comics, then the third largest comic book company in the country. He left that to write the newly revived Pogo comic strip, which appeared in more than 300 papers. He then became an editor at the National Lampoon, which, thanks largely to his efforts, folded a year later.

He was executive editor of SPY magazine during the last of the funny years, and went on to be an editor-writer for New York magazine for four years. During that time, he also wrote several episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head.

Doyle was a writer and supervising producer of The Simpsons for four years, where he won two Emmys and an Annie award. He was the writer and executive producer of the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and produced eight new Looney Tunes shorts for Warner Bros. 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. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs section. His second novel, Go Mutants!, will be released by Harper-Collins in 2009.

He lives outside Baltimore with his wife Becky, their three children and one dog, until it dies, and then no more dogs, according to the wife. The wife's sister is married to Campbell McGrath, the famous poet who won a MacArthur Super Genius Grant, and once hit his brother-in-law in the face with an oar and then wrote a poem about it.

In 2008, Doyle also won an award, which, while no ^#&*%$ genius grant, was a pretty darn good one. He is the son of Irish immigrants, who only recently have accepted that he will probably not become a doctor.

More information and assorted amusements can be found at larrydoyle.com.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Larry Doyle Facts

OccupationWriter, Screenwriter, Producer

Selected Filmography

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