Larry Doyle, whose experiences at Buffalo Grove High School were the inspiration for his 2007 debut novel I Love You, Beth Cooper (Ecco), is one of three finalists for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Doyle, a former writer for "The Simpsons" and "Beavis and Butt-Head" and current contributor to the New Yorker and Esquire magazines, is now in post-production for the movie version of I Love You, Beth Cooper. Hayden Pannetierre (the cheerleader on NBC's "Heroes") stars as the title character, who gives a nerdy classmate a night he'll never forget after he professes his feelings in his high school valedictory speech.
Buffalo Grove native Larry Doyle wrote I Love You, Beth Cooper, which is now
being made into a movie. (John J. Kim / Sun-Times)
The other two finalists are Patricia Marx for Him Her Him Again The End of Him (Scribner) and Simon Rich for Ant Farm (Random House). The award will be presented in October at New York's famed Algonquin Hotel, once home to New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber.
Here's a YouTube video of Doyle talking about his novel, shoes and "The Simpsons," among other things. It's in two parts: