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Banging My Head Against the Wall                                      A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars

.7 out of 5 stars  
October 8, 2018, hit #1 on Amazon Kindle Best Sellers List
by Andy Cowan, Foreword by Jay Leno  

Release Date: June 28, 2018, Black Rose Writing
"The Opposite” wasn’t just the classic Seinfeld episode in which George followed the opposite of his instincts to land success. The method behind the madness has been championed in various walks of life worldwide and even likened to the rise of Trump. The award-winning writer who helped Costanza win, and first pondered "the opposite" in his own life, identifies traces of it in the legends he mined for anecdotes before the cameras rolled at his first high-profile Hollywood job on which he also became a recurring performer, and in numerous stops along his unique road of comedy writing and performing twists and turns, as the only scribe associated with Cheers, Seinfeld and 3rd Rock from the Sun. (Multiple episodes and staff)

For a Tinseltown backstage pass, lessons from film and television icons, in-the-trenches comedy writing and performing strategies, Seinfeld episodes that could have been, talk show, sitcom and single panel cartoon development, and pitching the decision makers (or doing the opposite of playing their game) you'll want to keep... Banging My Head Against The Wall.

“Andy Cowan lives the life we generally leave unexamined. He examines. Then he re-examines. Then he postulates, examines again and finally writes about it. The result is insanely wise, madly funny and completely endearing. Read this book. Laugh, enjoy and discuss.”
– Jason Alexander

“Wonderfully written, Banging My Head is a creative tour de force and personal journey of admirable determination that shines a light on what it takes to keep going in Hollywood even when you feel like doing “the opposite.”  After absorbing the wealth of funny, smart and painstakingly rendered projects Andy has generated over the years, you’ll understand how the arbiters of what gets on the air don’t always represent a meritocracy.”
– Dan Piraro, Creator, award-winning King Features panel, Bizarro

“Andy Cowan's career is a ballad of talent and tenacity in equal measure. Banging My Head Against the Wall offers an unflinching and entertaining account of the show business roller coaster, which for Andy always seems to flicker between sky-scraping exhilaration and deep nausea.”
– Rob Burnett, Executive Producer/Head Writer, Late Show with David Letterman

“After reading this lovingly executed groundswell of creativity, you too will know Andy remains one of the industry’s sharpest comedy minds. This is the first book I’ve ever recommended that doesn’t have recipes in it.”
– Louie Anderson

“Andy Cowan’s time has finally come.”
– David Steinberg

“Andy Cowan lives in a different universe than we do. Fortunately, it's a much funnier and more entertaining place and this book is our ticket in.”
– Bart Tessler, EVP News and Talk Programming, Westwood One

“Boomers will get a bang out of classic Hollywood and Seinfeld fans of all ages will savor a season’s worth of inspired new episodes that never were. I thoroughly enjoyed this front row seat to Andy Cowan’s life story. Can’t wait for the sequel.”
– Hank Rosenfeld, co-author of The Wicked Wit of the West,
with Marx Brothers screenwriter, Irving Brecher

Crafting a blurb for a gifted writer like Andy Cowan is intimidating stuff – kinda like being asked to take batting practice for Pete Rose or to tap out a few keys in front of Billy Joel. Banging My Head clearly displays Andy’s gifts.”
– Michael Smerconish, SiriusXM, CNN 
  
“Andy Cowan’s unique mind operates at the turbulent intersection between the generations, the centuries, the down-to-earth, and the absurd. He is a largely unsung genius and potential cultural hero to the gigantic but quietly suffering population of neurotics that drag their sorry asses amongst the rest of us who are perfect.”
– Michael Harrison, Publisher, Talkers Magazine
  
“It’s my job to know Funny, so I know Funny. Andy Cowan is Funny.”
– Amy Lago, Comics Editor, Washington Post Writers Group

  
"A must-read for students of comedy and anyone thinking of pursuing this crazy business!"
–  Morgan Langley, Executive Producer, Cops
  
"For a great inside look at show business, you’ll get the most bang for your buck with Banging My Head Against the Wall.”
– Ken Levine, Emmy-winning writer/producer/director,
M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons

KTLA-TV Channel 5 Andy Cowan interview:


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The Adam Carolla Show Andy Cowan interview

WGN 720 Chicago Andy Cowan interview


MyTalk 107.1 FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul Andy Cowan interview

The Michael Harrison Andy Cowan Interview - Podcast One


KGO San Francisco Andy Cowan interview


Andy Cowan - SiriusXM Michael Smerconish Program Interview


Andy Cowan - Mr. Media© Interview    


Andy Cowan - Westwood One America in the Morning Interview


KABC 790 Los Angeles Andy Cowan Peter Tilden Show Interview


Andy Cowan - Coast to Coast AM with George Noori


For 2019... 


Is That Normal? with Andy Cowan (Comedy docuseries) ... a unique comedy/reality half hour, sampling two separate therapists’ sessions and the visualizations inside and outside the head of their patient, a funny and empathy-provoking comedy writer associated with some of the most iconic episodes of SeinfeldCheers and 3rd Rock from the Sun among his numerous credits. Highlighting humorous yet real, honest and sometimes very personal reflections on life, the show will incorporate still and moving image thought bubbles reflecting Andy’s inner feelings, with whimsical reality field pieces that call back to moments broached in therapy -- opportunities to mix it up with the growingly younger world around him and, unbeknownst to them, eke out therapy wherever he can find it.  Creators and Executive Producers: Andy Cowan & Rich Ross.

                                            
2017 PROJECT... 

Middle Plus a Little    Writer/creator and lead voice in animated digital shorts about a baby boomer amid a world of millennials (AARP Studios)

Plus . . .

Creator/writer/host of the 2015 digital comedy pilot...

 
Producers: Andy Cowan & Cindi Rice

Rob Burnett
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 2016 interview about Trump and "the opposite" on SiriusXM's The Michael Smerconish Program (Listen:) Andy Cowan interview on SiriusXM

He was writing consultant on Prego, Best Comedy Short Film at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival and IndieFEST Film Awards:

His popular culture takes premiered in 2013 on KTTV Fox 11's Good Day LA.

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.


His comedy talk radio show, Up & Down Guys, first profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, broadcast in 2010 and 2011 on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles:
  
                                                                           
Vintage web show version - (Listen:) Best of Classic Up & Down Guys from 2000

(37 min. 57 sec.)
·  Up & Down Day  
·  Therapy excerpt:  Dating red flags, don't sweat the small stuff
·  Up & Down Girl on the ups & downs of vacations
·  “Senator John McCain” phone-in excerpt
·  Comedian/comedy actor/honorary down guy Fred Stoller
·  Comedian Robert Schimmel (up & down sides of Seinfeld)  
·  Andy stuck behind a couple making out 
·  Ups & downs of the latest personals ads
·  Movie review reviews 
·  Another reason not to leave your house   
·  Former producer of Wheel of Fortune
·  Down Guy vs. Up Guys: Motivational Speaker Mario & Dr. K 
·  Dr. K’s ways to improve Andy’s mental health  
·  Sick but True Future Prediction of the Past!
·  Andy on his “other therapist”
·  “Jerry Lewis” phone-in excerpt  
·  “Oprah Winfrey” phone-in excerpt   
·  Making presidential candidates personally affect us   
·  Unemployment Tonight 
·  Signoff 

2010 Comedy Central Stage Hollywood performance
   
Opposite Andy comedy pilot sizzle based on his exploits tackling “the opposite” in his own life, the theme of a top ten Seinfeld episode he wrote.


Showtime CableACE award-winning Short-Form Programming Special: 6 Minutes 
Writer/Producer/Lead
 Producer/Director: Mark Harris 

60 Minutes' creator, Don Hewitt's, praise for 6 Minutes

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 (LISTEN:) Andy Cowan Voiceover Samples ...on Seinfeld3rd Rock, Lucas Films' Star Wars, Dark Empire I & II Audio Books - Star Wars Dark Empire  And Tales from the Oklahoma Sooner Sideline Audio Book, Audible Inc.  Plus narrator on TV series Star WatchHollywood's Best Film Directors, HBO Europe, ReelzChannel, Ovation Channel, and on numerous other projects, including (DVD) Los Angeles: Everywhere All at Once  
He regularly contributes humor pieces to multiple publications including the Los Angeles TimesSalonReader's Digest and The New Yorker, wrote for MyFM, Los Angeles, and the CBS Jack FM Radio Network from 2007-‘10, and has written over 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 350 newspapers worldwide, the winner of three consecutive National Cartoonists Society “Best Cartoon Panel” awards and its highest honor winner in 2011. 

(65 Bizarro panels) (SCROLL DOWN TO VOCALIST LINKS that follow...)


As lead vocalist and percussionist...

Very Good Year (parody writer, vocals) SESSIONS theme

ABOVE: (Live) -Things Have Changed; BELOW: '17 full song (vocals/hand percussion) 

Comes Love

April in Paris


I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You


20th Century Man (original music, lyrics, Another Talk Show! theme song, live on tape)

First Lady is a Trump (parody writer, vocals, cajon percussion)


Everything Happens to Me (parody writer, vocals, cajon percussion)

Tinder Really Does It 
(parody writer, vocals, live at The Viper Room on The Sunset Strip, 10/17)
Girl From Ipanema excerpt 

... he's performed throughout Los Angeles for over three 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) . . .  [Listen:]

. . . with arrangements by Marty Rifkin, award-winning session musician for Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jewel, has won five international songwriting nods... and is featured in the film he wrote and appears in, Knocked Down... 
(Excerpt):
 ... 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. 

Evening Stew (Excerpt) - 1996 comedy magazine half-hour pilot - Host/Writer
Executive Producers: Andy Cowan & Arthur Insana

After being profiled in Who's Who in America for over two decades, the publishers bestowed upon him the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He earned his master's degree in broadcasting from Boston University and began his broadcasting career in radio and TV news in Pennsylvania.

IMDB profile: (doesn’t include all credits from 2000s, nor pilots…) Andy Cowan IMDB Link



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