- Is an only child.
- Won the USC Jack Oakie Award for Comedy in Film in 1984.
- Created the show Freaks and Geeks, which is in Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time.
- Wrote two memoirs: Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence (2002) and Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin (2004).
- Author of the Ignatius MacFarland science fiction series for kids.
- Directed Steve Carrell's final episode of The Office, "Goodbye, Michael."
- 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- Laurie Gilbert — Wife
- Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States
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