Shearer, who has maintained a residence in the city for years, will be artist in residence at the College of Music and Fine Arts of
The university's announcement describes Shearer's role as a "source of professional advice and guidance" for film students. Students are to serve as his interns and assistants as they work to create new entertainment products using the school's facilities.
In a statement, Shearer said this about his new post at the university: "For a curmudgeon like me, seeing all those bright, optimistic young people is impossibly depressing. But since I had tried teaching early in my youth (and liked it), these meetings revived my nascent interest in pounding my view of the world into malleable young minds. The offer to be artist in residence at
Shearer has been one of the principal cast members of "The Simpsons" since 1989. In October 2011, the series was renewed for two years, taking it through its 25th season, which should begin airing this fall.
In April, Shearer's satirical radio show "Le Show" was dropped from the schedule of KCRW-FM (89.9), to Shearer's dismay. It continues to be distributed online via KCRW's website.