Andy Riley is an Emmy-winning scriptwriter, cartoonist and children’s author from Britain.
He has created a series of best-selling cartoon books:
The Book of Bunny Suicides , Return Of The Bunny Suicides, Great Lies To Tell Small Kids, Loads More Lies To Tell Small Kids, D.I.Y. Dentistry, Selfish Pigs, Dawn of the Bunny Suicides, Wine Makes Mummy Clever and Beer Makes Daddy Strong.
His King Flashypants children’s books are aimed at 5-8 year-olds. The first three books in the series are King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor, King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong, and King Flashypants and the Dolls of Doom.
He drew a weekly strip cartoon for The Observer Magazine called Roasted, which is also collected in hardback edition. So far his books have sold around one and a half million copies and have been published in eighteen countries, producing calendar, greetings card and poster spin-offs.
His comedy scriptwriting is done in partnership with Kevin Cecil. They won Emmys in 2015 for their work on the acclaimed HBO series Veep. They have won two BAFTAS, for the sitcom Black Books in 2005 and the animated special Robbie The Reindeer in 2000. They created and wrote the sitcoms The Great Outdoors and Hyperdrive for the BBC, and Slacker Cats for the ABC Family Channel. Other television writing credits include Gangsta Granny, The Boy In The Dress, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Little Britain, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Come Fly With Me, Trigger Happy TV, So Graham Norton, Smack The Pony, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Bob and Margaret, Spitting Image, Harry and Paul, Alexei Sayle’s Merry Go Round, Big Bad World, Man Stroke Woman and Big Train. Their Radio 4 panel game, The 99p Challenge, won a Sony silver award.
As well as writing comedy, they are experienced writers of feature-length animation: their credits include Gnomeo and Juliet (released 2011) and The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (released 2012). They did an uncredited rewrite of Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride. A sequel to Gnomeo is in the works, and Andy and Kevin have written the script.
Andy is an experienced public speaker, and has several talks he likes to give. “London Destroyed! The destruction of the capital in fiction, 1871 – present day” is an entertaining look at all the ways London has been invaded and blown up in literature and film. “Camping on Roundabouts”. is about Andy’s unusual hobby. Sequoyah is about the eponymous genius from the Cherokee nation who invented an entire writing system for his native language that is still in use today – the only time an illiterate person has ever achieved this.
Andy is originally from Aylesbury but now lives in London. He used to be the stage dancer for The Pod, Julian Barratt’s comedy techno band which was the forerunner of The Mighty Boosh.
Despite rival claims on the internet, Andy Riley is the true originator of the tradition of cross-dressing at the Towersey folk festival.