This real life moment from the creator of “Doug” is making us crylaugh

This real life moment from the creator of “Doug” is making us crylaugh

If you were a child of the ’90s, odds are you watched (and loved) the Nickelodeon show Doug, a cartoon about the trials and tribulations of nice guy Doug Funnie. But you may not have known that Doug was largely based on the life and adolescence of the show’s creator, Jim Jinkins.

Not only that, but according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Doug’s longtime crush Patti Mayonnaise was also based on a real person, and Jinkins had a very real, very hilarious, and very awkward encounter with her years later when they were all grown up.


“I was in New York working like crazy as a freelancer and just trying to make it there,” Jinkins said. “And I got a phone call in New York and it’s Patti. The real Patti. And my heart’s beating fast. She’s like, ‘I was at the reunion! You weren’t!’ and I was like, ‘Yeah…sorry…I had to work.’ And she goes, ‘I found out you live in New York. Guess what — I do, too!’ And she told me where she lives. We lived across Central Park from each other. And she says, ‘Why don’t you come over for dinner?’”


Could it be?! Did the real-life Doug and the real-life Patti end up together IRL?!

Jinkins went on to say, “I’m like, what do I wear? What will she look like?! All that’s happening as I’m walking across Central Park to her apartment, just wondering and just hoping, all those things. I was, at the time, very available.”

OMG! It sounds like it might actually be happening!


Jinkins said he buzzed the doorbell and the real life Patti opened the door.

“She’s perfect. Just perfect. She just looks spectacular and she’s so happy, and her arms fly up and we hug […]. And then she wheels around and goes, ‘Oh, Jimmy, I want you to meet my husband.”

Cue record scratch.


So while it turns out the real life Doug and Patti never actually worked out, it’s okay. Jinkins said it makes for an “amazing story.” Plus, now we have this painful, yet oh-so-real life Doug moment to remember forever.

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Happy 25th, Nicktoons! We Answer Your Burning Questions About ‘Doug,’ ‘Ren & Stimpy,’ and ‘Rugrats’

25 years ago today, Doug, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rugrats all premiered on Nickelodeon as the channel’s first lineup of original animated series (which were soon dubbed Nicktoons). Today, let’s answer the questions that have boggled your mind for the past two and a half decades…

Why do so many Nicktoons sound similar?

Because Billy West was so many voices! He was Doug Funnie AND his nemesis Roger Klotz, as well as Stimpy for the entire run of the Nickelodeon show, and Ren for the third, fourth and fifth seasons. West also voiced Fry, Zoidberg, and Professor Farnsworth on Fox’s Futurama.

What became of Doug and Patti?

Jim Jinkins, creator of the sweater vested, Beets-loving Bluffingtonian, never stopped thinking about his cartoon alter ego. Recently, he told EW that he wrote… “THE scene.” Patti and Doug reconnect after their ten year high school reunion, both now living in New York. Doug goes to visit Miss Mayonnaise at her apartment, only to meet… her husband. Yep, sorry, everyone who still believed in love, Doug and Patti don’t end up together. As Jinkins explains, “It doesn’t happen because, really, most people don’t end up with their first love.” Thanks for killing our childhood, Jim Jinkins.

Were Ren and Stimpy… together?

In 1997, creator John Kricfalusi told the San Francisco Examiner that Ren and Stimpy were “totally” lovers. “In Ren’s case, it’s not completely by choice. He’d rather have a beautiful human woman if he could get away with it. Since he can’t, Stimpy’s easy. Stimpy’s madly in love with Ren.” Author Jeffrey P. Dennis argued that the cat and dog were not a couple, but more appropriately, a parody of a heterosexual relationship, and that Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo are more consistently gay. So yeah… the more you know!

And lastly, are any of them going to be rebooted?

The Rugrats’ creators are game, but two of them want to update the show, while the other wants it to stay a 90s time capsule. Jim Jinkins is all for bringing back Doug, but Disney owns the rights and isn’t interested in doing anything with them. John Kricfalusi was fired by Nickelodeon after turning in the “unairable” episode, “Man’s Best Friend.” He briefly rebooted Ren and Stimpy as an Adult Party Cartoon on Spike, but it ended after two months, and may have been the final curtain call for the cat and dog.

Speaking of Nickelodeon nostalgia, check out our visit with Double Dare host Marc Summers at Comic-Con

what i don’t understand is why the factoid and the wiki says Roger’s mom is a professional monster truck driver when in Doug and Patti PI she says she can’t run the race because she was on her feet at the salon all week. that would imply she works at a salon…

obviously she could do both… but my real point is i don’t know why the salon work isn’t ever mentioned anywhere… i guess it’s not ~cool~ enough