Andy Cowan is an award-winning writer/producer/performer and only writer associated with Cheers (three episodes) Seinfeld and 3rd Rock from the Sun (both staff). His staff and pilot writing credits represent over a dozen comedies and talk shows. His 2018 memoir, Banging My Head Against The Wall: A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars, foreword by Jay Leno, is published by Black Rose Writing. 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.
He began his Hollywood career as a segment producer, writer, and recurring performer on The Merv Griffin Show during the '80s, and interviewed hundreds of luminaries, from Orson Welles to Jerry Seinfeld. He produced, wrote and hosted his CableACE award- winning 60 Minutes send-up, 6 Minutes, for Showtime, drawing kudos from 60 Minutes' creator, Don Hewitt. He's written several feature scripts, his latest to be filmed in 2019, Die Job, with award-winning film producer and director, Ted Collins, directing. He's written over half a dozen original pilots (and hosted some) including several for Fox and CBS, wrote for Ellen DeGeneres' prime time Emmy-hosting stint, performed in comedy clubs throughout the country, jazz clubs throughout Los Angeles as lead vocalist and hand percussionist, and as a voiceover artist on Seinfeld, 3rd Rock, Lucas Films' Star Wars, Dark Empire I & II audio books, Hollywood's Best Film Directors, HBO Europe, Ovation Channel, the Audio Inc. audiobook, Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sidelines, and many other projects. He's penned dozens of humor pieces for The Los Angeles Times, Salon, panels for Prospect Magazine, Reader's Digest, and The New Yorker, wrote for MyFM in Los Angeles and the Jack FM Radio Network from 2007-'10, and has written 300 comic panels (one featured on NBC's Meet the Press) for King Features' Bizarro, in over 300 newspapers worldwide, the winner of three consecutive National Cartoonists Society "Best Cartoon Panel" awards and its highest honor winner in 2011, and written over 40 panels for King Features' Rhymes with Orange panel. He wrote and performed Hitchin' on the Highway of Life, selected for placement in two motion pictures, including the 2008 short comedy feature he wrote and appears in, Knocked Down, an official selection in the 2008 San Fernando Valley International Film Festival, 2009 Show Us Your Shorts Film Festival, 2009 Cut! Film Festival, and 2009 Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival - Winner of Best Comedy.
In 2010, his comedy talk show, Up & Down Guys, premiered on KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles. He wrote, produced and hosted the hour 2011 comedy talk show pilot, Another Talk Show! with Andy Cowan featuring guests, Jason Alexander and Sheila Raye Charles. In 2014: Creator/writer/EP/lead in the half-hour comedy web series pilot, Wannabes, StoryArc New Media, FirstRun. In 2015: Creator/writer/lead/producer on the comedy pilot, Our Time is Up, Cindi Rice EP. He is EP, co-creator and the lead in the 2018 comedy docuseries pilot, The Lost Sessions with Andy Cowan.