Andy Cowan

Last updated

Andy Cowan (born Andrew Glenn Cowan) [1] is an American writer and script consultant for television and other media. He is the creator and host of the therapy/comedy podcast, The Neurotic Vaccine, launched in 2022 from Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks. From 2010–2011, he co-hosted his radio comedy therapy talk show, Up & Down Guys, on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. [2]


In 2019 an Up & Down Guys podcast pilot was produced for Westwood One. He has appeared on several television shows, hosted the hour-long talk show pilot, Another Talk Show! with Andy Cowan, featuring Jason Alexander and Sheila Raye Charles, [3] and was guest commentator on KTTV's Good Day L.A. He has written humor columns for the Los Angeles Times newspaper and magazine, Salon , [4] special material for The New Yorker , and several songs, one of which won international song contest nods. He is a voiceover artist, and sings in jazz clubs throughout Los Angeles. [5]


Cowan received a master's degree in broadcasting from Boston University and began his broadcasting career in radio and TV news in Pennsylvania. [6] Featured in the November 2018 edition of American University Magazine, [7] it was there he received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology.


After gaining media experience in Pennsylvania radio and TV stations, Cowan moved to Los Angeles, writing scripts for several comedy television shows. He gained greater exposure with The Merv Griffin Show during the 1980s, where he wrote, assisted in producing segments, and appeared on-air. He pre-interviewed hundreds of political, literary and entertainment figures, including Jerry Seinfeld and Orson Welles eight times up to his final TV appearance, deemed one of TV Guide magazine's 60 greatest talk show moments. For the cable TV channel Showtime, he produced, wrote and hosted the 1990 short 6 Minutes, [8] a spoof of the popular 60 Minutes . That segment won a CableACE Award in 1991. [9]

In 1996 Variety named him one of "50 Creatives to Watch." At the 2009 Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival, Cowan received the Best Comedy Award for the short film, Knocked Down, which he wrote and appears in. He was writing consultant on Prego, best comedy short film at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival. Cowan has performed in comedy clubs throughout the country. [6] His voice has been used on audiobooks for the Star Wars audiobook series, as narrator on the Audible Inc. audiobook, Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sidelines , and in TV show voiceovers, including as narrator on Hollywood's Best Film Directors. He has written for MyFM in Los Angeles and wrote for the Jack FM network from 2007 to 2010. He has written 300 panels for the award-winning worldwide syndicated newspaper comic strip Bizarro in collaboration with Dan Piraro, one of which was featured on NBC's Meet the Press , over 40 panels for the syndicated newspaper comic strip Rhymes with Orange in collaboration with Hilary B. Price , multiple panels for Harry Bliss's syndicated comic panel, Bliss, a panel and special material for The New Yorker , and several panels for the British current affairs magazine, Prospect , Reader's Digest Humor in Uniform panels, and Air Mail, a digital weekly newsletter launched in 2019 by former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and former The New York Times reporter Alessandra Stanley .

Cowan's songwriting work includes ... Hitchin' on the Highway of Life (music, lyrics, vocals by Andy Cowan, guitar arrangement by Marty Rifkin, award-winning session musician for Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jewel) recipient of five international songwriting nods and featured in Knocked Down ... And 20th Century Man (music, lyrics, vocals) the theme to Another Talk Show! with Andy Cowan and Our Time is Up with Andy Cowan (host, writer, producer). [10] [11] [ better source needed ]

Cowan's television writing work includes "The Opposite", one of the top ten Seinfeld episodes. [12]

In 2016, author/columnist, CNN anchor and SiriusXM radio host, Michael Smerconish, devoted a Sunday column in The Philadelphia Inquirer [13] to Cowan's takes on Donald Trump's opposite approach to running for president, and interviewed Cowan on his SiriusXM show [14] about Trump possibly becoming Cowan's epitaph, for which Cowan, as reported in TV Guide 'sTV Insider, apologized. [15]

In 2017, Cowan received his first Marquis Who's Who in America.

His memoir, Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars, with a foreword by Jay Leno, was released on June 28, 2018. Media interviews included KCAL-TV CBS Channel 9; Los Angeles; KTLA-TV Channel 5, Los Angeles; KABC Radio, Los Angeles; WGN Radio, Chicago; The Michael Smerconish Program, SiriusXM; Coast to Coast AM with George Noory; The Michael Harrison Interview and The Adam Carolla Show on PodcastOne; The Jim Bohannon Show; and First Light on Westwood One. Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars was acquired in 2019 by The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.[ citation needed ]


Partial credits include:

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Larry David</span> American comedian, writer and actor

Lawrence Gene David is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television producer. He and Jerry Seinfeld created the television sitcom Seinfeld, on which David was head writer and executive producer for the first seven seasons. He gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which he created and stars in as a fictionalized version of himself. He has written or co-written the story of every episode since its pilot episode in 1999.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">George Costanza</span> Television character

George Louis Costanza is a fictional character in the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Jason Alexander. He is a short, stocky, balding man who struggles with numerous insecurities, often dooming his romantic relationships through his own fear of being dumped. He is also remarkably lazy; during periods of unemployment he actively avoids getting a job, and while employed he often finds ingenious ways to conceal idleness from his bosses. He is friends with Jerry Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer, and Elaine Benes. George and Jerry were junior high school friends and remained friends afterward. George appears in every episode except "The Pen".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brandon Tartikoff</span> American television executive (1949–1997)

Brandon Tartikoff was an American television executive who was the president of NBC from 1981 to 1991. He was credited with turning around NBC's low prime time reputation with such hit series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Law & Order, ALF, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Wings, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Saved by the Bell, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, St. Elsewhere, and Night Court.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nick Di Paolo</span> American comedian, writer, actor and radio personality

Nicholas Rocco Di Paolo is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio personality and podcast host. He is the host of The Nick Di Paolo Show podcast, and is best known for his appearances as a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, the Comedy Central Roasts, Opie and Anthony and The Howard Stern Show, as well as recurring roles on Louie and Horace and Pete.

The Stephanie Miller Show is a syndicated progressive talk radio program that discusses politics, current events, and pop culture using a fast-paced, impromptu, comedic style. The three-hour show is hosted by Stephanie Miller and is syndicated by Westwood One. Voice artist Jim Ward formerly co-hosted the show and is a recurring guest. Miller is frequently joined on the air by executive producer Travis Bone and general manager Chris Lavoie. The show debuted on September 7, 2004 and is broadcast live from Los Angeles, California each weekday morning from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time, on Pacifica station, KPFK in LA, and radio stations throughout the U.S., as well as online, and via SiriusXM Progress Channel 127. The show is also video simulcast live on Free Speech TV. Audio of each day's show is also available commercial-free for download from the show's website via the paid subscription Stephcast, which has been available since June 2005. The radio show should not be confused with Miller's short-lived 1995 syndicated TV talk show with the same name.

Benjamin Jacob Fogelnest, known professionally as Jake Fogelnest, is an Emmy and WGA Award nominated writer, comedian, former radio personality, and satirist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Conan O'Brien</span> American television host, comedian, and writer (born 1963)

Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for having hosted late-night talk shows for almost 28 years, beginning with Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009) and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009–2010) on the NBC television network, and Conan (2010–2021) on the cable channel TBS. Before his hosting career, he was a writer for Saturday Night Live (1988–1991) and The Simpsons (1991–1993). He has also been host of the podcast series Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend since 2018 and is expected to launch a new show on HBO Max.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Michael Smerconish</span> American journalist

Michael Andrew Smerconish is an American radio host and television presenter, political commentator, newspaper columnist, author, and lawyer. He broadcasts The Michael Smerconish Program weekdays at 9:00 a.m. ET on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel (124), and hosts the CNN and CNN International program Smerconish at 9:00 a.m. ET on Saturdays. He is a Sunday newspaper columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Smerconish has written seven books: six non-fiction works and one novel. He is also of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.

"The Finale" is an episode of the American television sitcom Seinfeld. As the two-part series finale, it comprises the 179th and 180th episodes of the show and the 23rd and 24th episodes of the ninth season. It aired on NBC on May 14, 1998, to an audience of 76 million viewers. Its initial running time was 1 hour and 15 minutes.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Scott Aukerman</span> American actor and comedian

Scott David Aukerman is an American writer, actor, comedian, television personality, director, producer, and podcast host. Starting as a writer and performer in the later seasons of the sketch series Mr. Show, Aukerman is best-known as the host of the weekly comedy podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! as well as the IFC original television series of the same name. Aukerman is the cocreator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and cofounder of the Earwolf podcast network.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Greg Fitzsimmons</span> American comedian

Gregory Sebastian Fitzsimmons is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer and radio host. He hosted The Greg Fitzsimmons Show on Howard 101 until December 2018.

<i>Seinfeld</i> (season 8) Season of television series

The eighth season of Seinfeld, an American comedy television series began airing on September 19, 1996, and concluded on May 15, 1997, on NBC.

Derek Hartley is an American talk show host, who co-hosts the weekday paid subscriber-only internet radio show and podcast Derek and Romaine 2.0 and who previously served as co-host of its forerunner Derek and Romaine Show, a talk radio show that aired on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Gay/Lesbian channel, OutQ. The show had a national audience with a potential reach of 18,000,000 listeners. The show could also be heard worldwide on the internet similar to the new show format. He serves as emcee/host of LGBT events around the country. In 2018 he was credited for writing Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">J. B. Smoove</span> American actor

Jerry Angelo Brooks, commonly known by his stage name J. B. Smoove, is an American actor, comedian and writer. After beginning his career in 1995 on Def Comedy Jam, he was a writer and performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live (2003–06). He is best known for his starring roles on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm (2007–present) and the CBS sitcom The Millers (2013–15). He also portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the BET improv-comedy reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013–16).

Thomas Papa Jr. is an American comedian, actor, and radio host. He hosts the Sirius XM Satellite Radio show Come to Papa and, in July 2019, he and Fortune Feimster started hosting the Sirius XM show What a Joke with Papa and Fortune. Papa hosted the show Baked on the Food Network and was the head writer and a performer on the radio variety show Live from Here, hosted by Chris Thile, where he delivered the "Out In America" segment.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Tenderloins</span> Comedy troupe

The Tenderloins are an American comedy troupe composed of James "Murr" Murray, Brian "Q" Quinn, and Sal Vulcano. The group stars in the television series Impractical Jokers, which premiered on December 15, 2011. The program airs on truTV in the U.S. and on Comedy Central in the UK, Ireland, and India.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jonah Ray</span> American actor

Jonah Ray Rodrigues is an American actor, comedian and writer from Los Angeles. He stars as Jonah Heston, the most recent primary host of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He is a former host of The Nerdist Podcast and was the co-host of Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Earwolf</span> American podcasting network

Earwolf is an American comedy podcasting network founded by Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich in August 2010. In 2011, they announced a partnership with Funny Or Die. It merged with podcast advertising network The Mid Roll in 2014, a separate company founded by Ullrich, to form Midroll Media. Midroll was acquired by the E. W. Scripps Company in 2015. In July 2020, Sirius XM acquired Midroll Media, which includes Stitcher Radio and Earwolf, for $325 million.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Big Jay Oakerson</span> American comedian

Jason Michael "Big Jay" Oakerson is an American stand-up comedian, radio show host, podcaster and actor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nikki Glaser</span> American comedian

Nicole Rene Glaser is an American stand-up comedian, actress, podcaster, radio host, and television host. She was the host of the television series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, which premiered on Comedy Central and Much on February 9, 2016. She is the star of the 2022 reality show Welcome Home Nikki Glaser? on E!.


  1. "Marquis Who's Who on Demand — Search results for "cowan, andrew", page 1". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  2. "Andy Cowan".
  3. "Sizzle: Another Talk Show! Jason Alexander & as George Costanza, Andy Cowan (HOST) as Jerry Seinfeld". YouTube . Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  4. "Andy Cowan's Articles at". Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  5. "Andy Cowan & The Nina Beck Trio - ILL WIND". YouTube . Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  6. 1 2 3 "Andy Cowan". Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  7. "There's Something About Andy". American University. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  8. "6 Minutes (1991 CableAce Award-winning 60 Minutes parody featuring Andy Cowan)". YouTube . Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  9. "CableACE Awards (1991)". Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  10. "See: Another Talk Show! w/ Jason Alexander & as George Costanza, Andy Cowan (HOST) as Jerry Seinfeld". YouTube . Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  11. "OUR TIME IS UP with Andy Cowan - Comedy Pilot". YouTube . Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  12. "Sketch Anatomy: Andy Cowan Explains the Origins of 'Seinfeld's "The Opposite" | Splitsider". Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  13. [ dead link ]
  14. "SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds". Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  15. "'Seinfeld' Writer Apologizes if Donald Trump is Imitating George Costanza's 'The Opposite' Episode".
  16. "My Talk Show". September 1, 1990. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  17. "Knocked Down (2008)". Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  18. "Phonees". October 10, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2021.