Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series FUTURAMA, currently one of the top rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his Life in Hell weekly comic strip series in the 1980’s which continues to this day in newspapers nationwide.
Back when The Simpsons debuted in 1987, Bart Simpson’s enthusiastic belches were provided by Matt, who would drink a beer and burp into a microphone. But the producers felt Matt’s noises were too gross for the family audience, and after several arguments, a compromise was reached: the belches were sped up to make them sound cute.