Ian Maxtone-Graham

Not many people can lay claim to being lampooned on "The Simpsons," yet six-foot-eight Ian Maxtone-Graham held that honor in the cartoon role of "Very Tall Man," who was ridiculed for riding in an uber-compact car in ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1959 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (6)

The Simpsons 1995 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Veep 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2012, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Man Seeking Woman 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Dads 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

The Hot Chick 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (6)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 2016 (TV Show)

Writer

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Writer

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Writer

Motown Revue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer
Music (1)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Parody Lyrics("Spider Pig") (Lyrics)

Biography

Not many people can lay claim to being lampooned on "The Simpsons," yet six-foot-eight Ian Maxtone-Graham held that honor in the cartoon role of "Very Tall Man," who was ridiculed for riding in an uber-compact car in one of the series' most memorable sight gags. The son of a writer-historian, Ian followed in his father's footsteps, working up the comedy ladder to become one of the more accomplished writers and producers of his age. Ian Maxtone-Graham was born in 1959, the son of noted maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham. A graduate of Brown University, he attempted a career in journalism before finding success as a comedy writer. His early employers included the cable sketch comedy program "Not Necessarily the News" (HBO 1983-87) and a stint on the writing staff of iconic satirical magazine <i>National Lampoon</i>. His work for George Meyer's short-lived zine "Army Man" brought Maxtone-Graham into the orbit another contributor, Jack Handey, who at the time was well known for his "Deep Thoughts" musings on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ). At Handey's behest, Maxtone-Graham was brought onto the SNL writing staff in 1992, where he served for the following three years. His best-known work for the show included Adam Sandler's signature musical piece "The Hannukah Song," as well as the infamous "Canteen Boy" sketch starring Alec Baldwin. In 1995, Meyer brought Maxtone-Graham onto his most high profile role, as writer and producer for "The Simpsons" (Fox 1989- ). Over the years, Maxtone-Graham's role would expand to that of co-executive producer in 1998, then executive producer in 2005. During his tenure, he won six Emmy Awards and accepted an Annie award for his episode "The Seemingly Neverending Story." His other classic "Simpsons" episodes included "Lisa Gets an A," "The Trouble With Trillions," the Emmy-nominated "Gone Maggie Gone" and the series' 200th episode, "Trash of the Titans." Maxtone-Graham departed the show in 2013, after the close of its 24th season. His next job was consulting producer for the controversial Seth MacFarlane-produced sitcom "Dads" (Fox 2013- ).

EDUCATION

Brown University

1981

Milestones

2013

Dads, producer

1996

The Simpsons, writer, executive producer

1992

Saturday Night Live, writer

1983

Not Necessarily the News, writer

Bonus Trivia

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Is the son of naval historian and author John Maxtone-Graham

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Is an avid Monty Python Fan. Eric Idle's character Ian Maxtone-Graham in the tv series "Suddenly Susan" is named after him.

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The Very Tall Man in "The Simpsons" is drawn after him.

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