Brent Forrester

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Brent Forrester
Born (1967-05-12) May 12, 1967 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Writer, producer
Years active 1992–present

Brent Forrester (born May 12, 1967) is an American writer and producer, who wrote several episodes of the animated television sitcom The Simpsons between 1993 and 1997. He has also worked as an executive producer on King of the Hill, and a writer on The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Undeclared, and The Office. Forrester has also written feature films.

Early life[edit]

Forrester, the son of noted physician James S. Forrester, grew up as a surfer in Malibu, CA. As an undergraduate John Jay Scholar at Columbia University he worked on the university's student TV station, and returned to Los Angeles to begin a career as a TV writer.


Forrester wrote for The Simpsons between 1993 and 1997.[1] He wrote the episodes: "Homer vs. Patty and Selma",[2] "Lemon of Troy",[3] the Krusty Burger segment of "22 Short Films About Springfield",[4] and "Homerpalooza". "Homerpalooza" was based on a story by David X. Cohen, although Forrester wrote the script. To do research for the episode, Forrester went to one of the Lollapalooza concerts, which ended up being a horrible experience. Several of the jokes in the episode are based on his experiences: cameras (including his own) were being seized and thrown in the garbage, there were numerous advertisements, several "sour faced teens", a real freak show and at one point a stranger approached Forrester and asked "how's it going, nark?"[5]

Forrester has also served as executive producer on King of the Hill,[6] and written for The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David[1] and Undeclared. He served as a writer and consulting producer on The Office. He has written seven episodes of the show including "The Merger" and "Business School" and directed the episode "Casual Friday".[1] He also directed a 2008 series of webisodes of the show,[7] and wrote the web series In Gayle We Trust.[8]

He also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film The Stupids.[9] Forrester is writing the film The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie with Mindy Kaling,[10] and a sitcom pilot for Ron Howard.[11]

Forrester also voiced Leon the Drug Addict in the episode of King of the Hill "Junkie Business".

In May 2012, he became an executive producer for the final season of The Office.[12] In 2014 Netflix announced a two-season comedy series entitled Love co-created by director Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin, with Forrester as executive producer.[13]

Writing credits[edit]

The Simpsons written episodes[edit]

Forrester has written (or co-written) the following episodes:

Mr. Show written episodes[edit]

Forrester has co-written (with Dino Stamatopoulos) the following sketches from the following episodes:

  • "The Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost" (December 5, 1997) [sketch: "Pre-Taped Call-In Show"]
  • "Rudy Will Await Your Foundation" (November 9, 1998) [sketch: "Audition"]

Undeclared written episode[edit]

Forrester co-wrote (with Judd Apatow) the following episode:

  • "The Perfect Date" (February 19, 2002)

The Office written episodes[edit]

Forrester has written or co-written the following episodes:

  1. "The Merger" (November 16, 2006) - Season 3
  2. "Business School" (February 15, 2007) - Season 3
  3. "Product Recall" co-written with Justin Spitzer (April 26, 2007) - Season 3
  4. "Did I Stutter?" co-written with Justin Spitzer (May 1, 2008) - Season 4
  5. "Business Trip" (November 13, 2008) - Season 5
  6. "Blood Drive" (March 5, 2009) - Season 5
  7. "Mafia" (October 15, 2009) - Season 6
  8. "New Leads" (March 18, 2010) - Season 6
  9. "The Search" (February 3, 2011) - Season 7
  10. "Work Bus" (October 18, 2012) - Season 9
  11. "A.A.R.M." (May 9, 2013) - Season 9

Love written episodes[edit]

Forrester has written or co-written the following episodes:

  • "One Long Day" (February 19, 2016) - with Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust
  • "The Table Read" (February 19, 2016)

Directing credits[edit]

The Office directed episodes[edit]

Forrester has directed the following episodes:

  1. "Casual Friday" (April 30, 2009) - Season 5
  2. "New Leads" (March 18, 2010) - Season 6
  3. "Test the Store" (March 1, 2012) - Season 8
  4. "The Target" (November 29, 2012) - Season 9


  1. ^ a b c Pressman, Matt (2009-02-12). "The Office: Tricks of the Comedy-Writing Trade". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. 
  2. ^ Mirkin, David. (2005) Commentary for "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", in The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  3. ^ Groening, Matt (2005). The Simpsons season 6 DVD commentary for the episode "Lemon of Troy" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  4. ^ Weinstein, Josh (2006). The Simpsons The Complete Seventh Season DVD commentary for the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  5. ^ Forrester, Brent (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode "Homerpalooza" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  6. ^ Nollinger M (1998-01-16). "All hail the Kingmakers". The Courier Mail. p. 006. 
  7. ^ Bill Burke (2008-07-09). "'Office' supplies summer fun in Webisodes". Boston Herald. 
  8. ^ Richard Slusser and Kelly Jane Torrance (2009-09-16). "Arts Etc. Tuning In To TV - Webisodes premiere". The Washington Times. p. B06. 
  9. ^ John Hartl (1996-08-31). "'Stupids' Has A Lot Of Stupid Violence". The Seattle Times. p. F7. 
  10. ^ "Kaling in movie mode". The Boston Globe. 2009-12-02. p. 16. 
  11. ^ "Fox Greenlights Ron Howard Pilot". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2010-01-28. 
  12. ^ "Dan Sterling & Brent Forrester Named Executive Producers On NBC's 'The Office'". 
  13. ^ "Netflix Nabs Judd Apatow Comedy Series With 2-Season Order; Paul Rust & Gillian Jacobs To Star, Legendary TV To Produce". 

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