BIOGRAPHY OF ANDREW ROSS BRECKMAN
Andrew Ross Breckman was born March 3, 1955 is an American television and film writer and a radio personality on WFMU. He is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series monk on the USA network, and is co-host of WFMU radios long-running conceptual comedy program seven second delay.
He has written screen play for number of comedy films including Biko and Rat and is frequently hired as a script doctor to inject humorous content into script written by other screen writers.written screenplays for a number of comedy films and is frequently hired as a”script doctor” to inject humorous content into script written by other screenwriters.
- TELEVISION CAREER
Breckman’s wrote for late night with David Letter man from 1982 to 1984, and contributed sketches to Saturday night live from 1983 to 1996.one of his most well-known vignettes was a Saturday night live sketch called”white like me”in which Eddie Murphy disguises himself as a Caucasian for a day.In 2003 he served as a joker writer for comedian Steve Martin stint as host of the academy awards.
Breckman’s biggest success, monk, was a murder-mystery with a humorous edge. Breckman told new jersey monthly that he was a voracious reader of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, John D.MacDonald, and other authors of solvable mysteries, as well as being a big fan of the TV series columbo.
”in a way, it’s similar to comedy writing,” he says. ”it’s puzzles and puzzle solving. Very logical.” In August 2009, USA network launched little monk, a spin off series that portrays the main character, detective Adrian monk, as a child. Breckman was part of the show team writers.
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Breckman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a middle-class Jewish family. He grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey and attended Memorial high school. Breckman dropped out of Boston University in his fresh man year, and despite an admitted lack of musical ability, he launched a brief career as a satirical folk singer. He released two albums of originally songs, don’t get killed and proud dad.
Breckman lives in Madison, New Jersey with his wife, documentary film maker Beth Landau, whom he met on the dating pages of nerve.com and who is nicknamed ”boo.” They have two children, Molly and Evan. In 2011, Andy and Beth were a featured couple in the documentary when strangers click, a film about internet dating.
As an engagement present, Breckman applied his fiancee’s name to the murder victim in monks season two premiere, ”Mr. monk goes back to school.” He honored his wife again by naming a murder victim after her in the good cop season 1 episode 6.
Breckman didn’t set out to be a comedy writer, although he was always one of those guys who quietly goofed around in the back the class.he grew up in Haddonfield, as the oldest of three children in a decidedly middle-class Jewish family……..while Breckman was finishing Haddonfield high, his father died of pancreatic cancer at age of 51.
- RADIO CAREER
Since 1992, Breckman and WFMU station manager Ken Freedman have co-hosted a weekly one-hour comedy call-in radio program, seven second delay.
The premise of the program seems to be a never-ending series of dead-on-arrival concepts, with the comedic value hinging on Breckman’s recurring acknowledgement of failure and his co-host as ”s sad, bitter little man and fundraiser are a good time to humiliate him and exploit his willingness to do just about anything, including prostituting himself, to raise money for his adorable little public hippy noise radio station.
From 2009 to 2012, seven second delay broadcast remotely from the upright citizens bridge theater comedy club in Manhattan. In 2011 the UCB shows went bi-weekly. Guests on the program include dick caveat, Joe Franklin and numerous others celebrities with whom Breckman ridiculed on the air for not being well-known celebrities.
- OTHER PROJECT
In 2003, Breckman took part in a USO tour to US military war zones, contributing material for comedians Al Franken.In 2014 he launched a line of unusual toys under the brand name uncle Andy toy. Product which have reached the consumer market include real life travel bingo, who tooted?, and rigged trivia in 2015
he launched ”feed puppy”, a live-streaming interactive animal app featuring real rescue puppies, in which users purchase treats to feed the puppies, with a portion of sales receipts donated to rescue puppies shelters.In 2016, he funded his new card games, shit happen, with a successful Kick starter campaign. In 2018, TBS gave the green light to a new TV series, misery index, based on shit happen.
He began teaching a weekly course on television comedy writing at New York University in January 2016.In 2014 Breckman founded uncle toys and began developing a line of live and slightly-subversive board games apps. Feed a puppy was developed by shore digital solution, who also designed uncle Andy’s first app, rigged.