It’s hard to believe but I’ve spent over 30-years as a television/screen writer and producer including work on the hit series Married…With Children, WKRP in Cincinnati, Mike Hammer – Private Eye, and the critically acclaimed PBS series, Liberty’s Kids, which earned a Humanitas Prize nomination for excellence in television writing. Together with the ol’ ball and chain, Penny Peyser, I wrote, produced, and directed the award winning film: Trying to Get Good: the Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon and was Executive Producer for Penny’s brand new feature documentary, Stillpoint.
Along the way I managed to talk the Los Angeles Daily News into giving me a weekly column. In 2010 I was named, “Best Columnist” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. My work has obviously slipped since I’ve never won again. I’ve also written for American History Illustrated, LA Jazz Scene, the L.A. Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, Pasadena Star News and the Connecticut Post among many other publications and co-authored one of the worst books ever published, Cheap Advice, for Time/Warner Books. Don’t believe me? You can usually find it on eBay for 99¢.
I’m currently in my 10th year as host of McIntyre in the Morning on 790 KABC in Los Angeles, heard weekdays at the ungodly hours of 5-10am (Pacific). I also hosted Red Eye Radio both locally and nationally so altogether I’ve been talking into a microphone for 20-years.
In 2015 I added a one-hour weekday show, Right Now with Doug McIntyre for the legendary 77 WABC in New York City. In 2016 WABC subtracted my one-hour weekday show. Oh well.
Then again, I’ve always considered myself too pretty for radio.
After appearing on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect over a dozen times, as well as Real Time on HBO, The History Channel, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Dennis Miller hired me to perform my own segment on his CNBC show but the network cancelled Dennis Miller after my 5th or 6th appearence. Coincidence? I still find myself getting up at 3:30 every morning to do a radio show, so maybe I’m not as pretty as I thought?
Having conquered television I set my sights on the stage.
I hosted four remarkable evenings as part of the California Distinguished Speakers Series with the great John Cleese and in years past hosted evenings with showbiz legends Robert Redford, Betty White and Ron Howard, none of whom had any idea who I was. I’ve also shared the stage with American icons John Glenn, David McCullough, Ken Burns, Colin Powell, Ralph Nader and many others.
Over the years I’ve been conned into serving as master of ceremonies for black tie events like the annual Los Angeles Political Roast, The Los Angeles Press Club Awards and the Cinema Audio Society Awards Gala among others.
Born and raised in New York, I became part of the great Diaspora of showbiz wannabes heading west to L.A. In 1985 I wrote for Jack Klugman and John Stamos on a short-lived NBC sitcom, You Again? And it’s a good thing I moved to L.A. because otherwise I never would have met and married actress/producer/writer/director Penny Peyser (The In-Laws, The Frisco Kid, All the President’s Men) and just thinking about that breaks her heart.
Inexplicably, in 2009, my alma mater, Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts selected me as their “Alumnus of the Year” which tells you what kind of year Stonehill had.