The reviews are in for the new “Simpsons” movie — pretty tepid, but not bad, kind of like the last five seasons. I’ll see it, in spite of Ian Maxtone-Graham’s involvement.
IMG is a longtime writer and producer, instrumental in steering the show away from clever satire into silly pop culture references and sight gags. He’s your villain, the anti-John Swartzwelder (responsible for many of the show’s early highlights). If you’re watching an episode and Lisa is humorlessly droning on about Buddhism or the environment, you’ve been Maxtone-Grahamed, baby! It’s not pleasant.
I met his girlfriend once, right about the time when IMG joined the staff. I was eager to meet him, even though his girlfriend was a humorless turd. Didn’t make sense then — does now.
When he joined “The Simpsons” staff in 1998, Maxtone-Graham said he had never watched the show before being hired to write for it. He must’ve been boning up on Rob Schneider movies instead; his contributions are typically just as lame.
I propose we exile him to Shelbyville, or at least demote him to a staff writer for the Bumblee Man’s show.