Larry Doyle (writer)

Larry Doyle is an American novelist, television writer, and producer.

Larry Doyle
Doyle fishing in Flushing Meadows Park
Doyle fishing in Flushing Meadows Park
Born (1958-11-13) November 13, 1958 (age 62)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationWriter, columnist, humorist, screenwriter
GenreHumor, fiction
Notable worksI Love You, Beth Cooper
The Simpsons
Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Personal lifeEdit

Doyle was born in Camden, New Jersey, and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 1976. Doyle attended the University of Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology in 1980, and his Master of Science in journalism in 1982. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and children.[citation needed]


Doyle got his start in 1989–1991 as an editor at Chicago-based First Comics.[1] He started writing for television, with a 1993 and a 1994 episode of Rugrats, then regularly working on Beavis and Butt-head between 1994 and 1997, when he joined The Simpsons as a writer and producer for seasons nine through twelve (1997–2001). Other television writing credits include one episode for Daria and two episodes for Liquid Television.

Doyle wrote the screenplays for the 2003 film releases Duplex and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. He also produced some Looney Tunes shorts that were completed in 2003. However, due to the box-office bomb of Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Warner Bros. decided not to release the shorts theatrically, releasing them direct-to-video instead.

Doyle is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and has also had columns in Esquire magazine, New York Magazine, and the New York Observer.

Doyle's first novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper, was published in May 2007. The setting is graduation night at Buffalo Grove High School, Doyle's alma mater. This novel won the 2008 Thurber prize for American Humor. Doyle wrote the screenplay for the film based on his novel, which was released in 2009. Also in 2009, the book I Love You, Beth Cooper was re-released as an extended movie tie-in edition. His second novel, Go Mutants!, was published in 2010. This novel had its film rights acquired by Imagine Entertainment/Universal Studios the same year, with the screenplay written by Doyle.[2] Deliriously Happy (and Other Bad Thoughts), a collection of humor pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, was published in 2011.

Select bibliographyEdit

Spoken WordEdit

Novels and Collected FictionEdit

  • I Love You, Beth Cooper (May 2007) ISBN 0-06-123617-9
  • Go Mutants! (June 2010) ISBN 0-06-168655-7
  • Deliriously Happy (and Other Bad Thoughts) (November 2011) ISBN 0-06-196683-5

Media tie-insEdit


  • Pogo, syndicated comic strip illustrated by Neal Sternecky (1989–1991)
  • Bad Publicity, comic strip in the back of New York Magazine (1994–1997)


The New Yorker appearancesEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following articles for The New Yorker:

  • "Life Without Leann" (January 15, 1990)
  • "t.V." (April 2, 1990)
  • "You Won't Have Nixon to Kick Around Anymore, Dirtbag" (December 20, 1993)
  • "Adventures in Experimentation" (March 28, 1994)
  • "Stop Me If You've Heard This One" (March 29, 1999)
  • "Me v. Big Mike" (June 14, 1999)
  • "I Killed Them in New Haven" (December 15, 2003)
  • "Disengagements" (March 28, 2005)
  • "May We Tell You Our Specials This Evening?" (October 3, 2005)
  • "Let's Talk About My New Movie" (January 23, 2006)
  • "How Fred Flintstone Got Home, Got Wild, and Got a Stone Age Life" (May 15, 2006)
  • "I'm Afraid I Have Some Bad News" (June 19, 2006)
  • "Please Read Before Suing" (February 2, 2007)
  • "We Request the Honor of Your Presence at" (May 21, 2007)
  • "My Mega-Millions" (August 27, 2007)
  • "Portrait in Evil: My Story" (September 17, 2007)
  • "Why We Strike" (November 19, 2007)
  • "Bad Dog" (May 12, 2008)
  • "Is There a Problem Here?" (December 15, 2008)
  • "Fun Times!" (April 20, 2009)
  • "Hot Wings: Notes on My New Best Seller" (June 7, 2010)
  • "Sleeper Camp" (August 9, 2010)
  • "Fun Summer" Online only (May 31, 2012)
  • "Reboot Me" (July 23, 2012)

Esquire appearancesEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following articles for Esquire magazine:

  • "The Talk: What Does a Father Owe a Son" (May 1988)
  • "Esky" columnist (1997–1999)
  • "My Heart, My Rules" (February 1998)
  • "Naughty, Awful Boys" (June 1998)
  • "The Weiner" (June 1999)
  • "Freezer Madness" (October 1999)
  • "The Babyproofer" (January 2000)
  • "Me's a Crowd" (September 2000)
  • "Things You Need to Know About Me" (October 2006)

Film writing creditsEdit

Television writing creditsEdit

Instant Mom episodesEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following Instant Mom episodes:

  • "Rock Mom"
  • "Ain't Misbehavin' or Else"
  • "Walk Like a Boy"

The Simpsons episodesEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following The Simpsons episodes:

Beavis and Butt-Head episodesEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following Beavis and Butt-Head episodes:

  • "Choke"
  • "Nosebleed"
  • "Bad Dog"
  • "Butt Flambé"
  • "Stewart is Missing"
  • "A Very Special Episode"
  • "Final Judgement of Beavis"
  • "Liar! Liar!"
  • "Safe Driving"
  • "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" (Consultant)

Rugrats episodesEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following Rugrats episodes:

  • "Circus Angelicus"
  • "Naked Tommy"

Daria episodeEdit

Larry Doyle has written the following Daria episode:

  • "Too Cute"


  1. ^ "First," The Comics Journal #124 (August 1988), p. 19: Concerns editor Larry Doyle at First Comics.
  2. ^ Variety article about Go Mutants!

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