ANDY COWAN is an award-winning writer/producer/performer, one of only two writers associated with Cheers and Seinfeld, two of the five best television series of all time, as compiled in 2012 by ABC News and People Magazine, and the number two and number eight best written series as voted by the Writers Guild of America in 2013 (101 Best Written TV Series). Credits include Cheers (multiple episodes), Seinfeld, 3rd Rock From the Sun (both staff) and numerous other comedies and talk/variety shows among his writing credits. He began his Hollywood career as a segment producer, writer and performer on The Merv Griffin Show during the '80s and interviewed hundreds of luminaries, from Orson Welles to Jerry Seinfeld. His memoir, Banging My Head Against the Wall: a Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars, will be available via Library Tales Publishers in late 2016. He is in post-production on the half hour pilot, Wannabes, for StoryArc New Media, as writer, executive producer and star, the first web series/sitcom in the world of karaoke. He is also starring in and creator of the new series, Our Time is Up, tailored to boomers, for former Epic Level Entertainment executive, Cindi Rice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGuXxLLXKrA
CEO Worldwide Pants, Exec Producer Late Show with David Letterman:
The pilot is really funny. I am sure there is an audience out there for this point of view.
His comedy talk radio show, Up & Down Guys, first profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, premiered in 2010 on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. https://youtu.be/0xoZMKet2OA
In 2011 he hosted and executive produced the hour comedy talk show pilot, Another Talk Show! with Andy Cowan, featuring Jason Alexander and Sheila Raye Charles. https//youtu.be/105RvUh_JZc
He produced, wrote and hosted his Showtime CableACE award-winning 60 Minutes send-up, 6 Minutes, drawing praise from 60 Minutes' own creator, Don Hewitt. He's written several feature scripts and over half a dozen original pilots (and hosted some) including several for Fox and CBS, written for Ellen DeGeneres' prime time Emmy-hosting stint, performed in comedy clubs throughout the country, jazz clubs throughout Los Angeles...
... and as a voiceover artist... http://andycowan.voice123.com/ ... on Seinfeld, 3rd Rock, Lucas Films' Star Wars, Dark Empire I & II audio books, Star Watch, Hollywood's Best Film Directors, HBO Europe, ReelzChannel, Ovation Channel, and numerous other projects. He regularly contributes humor pieces to multiple publications including the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Reader's Digest and The New Yorker, wrote for MyFM, Los Angeles, and the CBS Jack FM Radio Network from 2007-‘10, and has written 40 comic panels for King Features' Rhymes with Orange, by Hilary Price, and 300 comic panels (one of which sent up Tim Russert and was featured on NBC’s Meet the Press) for King Features' Bizarro, by Dan Piraro, in over 300 newspapers worldwide, the winner of three consecutive National Cartoonists Society “Best Cartoon Panel” awards and its highest honor winner in 2011.
As lead vocalist, he's performed throughout Los Angeles for over two decades, beginning with his breakthrough performance of "Sinatra" singing pop and rock songs of the '80s accompanied by Jack Sheldon, Plas Johnson & the rest of the Mort Lindsey Orchestra on The Merv Griffin Show. His original Americana pop song Hitchin' on the Highway of Life (music, lyrics & vocals) https://bit.ly/Cowanhitchin has won five international songwriting nods and is featured in the film he wrote and appears in, Knocked Down, an official selection in the 2008 San Fernando Valley International Film Festival and 2009 Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival, where it won for best comedy. http://vimeo.com/51333098 He was writing consultant on Prego, best comedy short film at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival, 2015 IndieFEST Film Awards and 2015 Trinity International Film Festival.
Opposite Andy https://youtu.be/CJAa_PrYkJ8 is a comedy half hour loosely based on his exploits tackling “the opposite” in his own life, the theme of an acclaimed top ten Seinfeld episode he wrote. http://splitsider.com/2014/07/sketch-anatomy-andy-cowan-explains-the-origins-of-seinfelds-the-opposite/
His 2016 interview about Trump and the opposite on SiriusXM The Michael Smerconish Program: https://soundcloud.com/smerconishshow/donald-trump-is-george-costanza-as-the-opposite
He wrote the pilot for Pointers, a half hour comedy based on the New York Times best-selling spiritual book, The Untethered Sould, for executive producer, James Mylenek Sr.
He was writing consultant on Prego, best comedy short film at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival, Trinity International Film Festival and IndieFEST Film Awards.
His popular culture takes premiered in 2013 on KTTV Fox 11's Good Day LA. Profiled in Who's Who in America, he earned his Master's Degree in Broadcasting from Boston University and began his broadcasting career in radio and TV news in Pennsylvania.
His book, Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars, will be available via Library Tales Publishers in 2017. Foreword by Jay Leno.
IMDB profile: (doesn’t include all credits from 2000s, nor pilots…) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0184518/
Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Cowan
1) Andy Cowan on… Andy (2 min. 41 sec.)
2) Andy Cowan on… Catchphrases (2 min. 49 sec.)
3) Andy Cowan on… Virtual Humanity (2 min. 56 sec.)
Andy Cowan at Comedy Central Stage
Evening Stew with Andy Cowan excerpt
6 Minutes – 1991 CableAce Winning Short