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Andy Cowan

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 comedy/therapy podcast, The Neurotic Vaccine, launched in 2022 from Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks. The Neurotic Vaccine wound up landing among the top comedy interview podcasts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, and Romania, and in 2023 was a multiple final Quill (podcasting) Award nominee for Best New Podcast and Best Comedy Podcast. 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 and performing standup comedy, 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 was a recurring performer. 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 , 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 , and writes ongoing political cartoon panels for Counterpoint Media.

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 the opening theme of The Neurotic Vaccine ... 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]

Cowan was a 2017 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from 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 ]


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