There’s an old saying: “Life is an adventure or it’s nothing”. I don’t know who said it first. If nobody claims it soon, I’m gonna start telling people I did.
Whoever said it, I think they’re right. It’s an adventure or it’s nothing. Which is why, after a decades-long career in one profession I’m suddenly, inexplicably, recklessly, plunging headlong into something completely different.
The “something different” is my toy company. I want to tell you about it. But first, I want to tell you how I got here…
I grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. For the most part, my world revolved around comedy. Woody Allen. Laugh-In. Mad magazine. I collected comic books, then started drawing my own.
My first career setback: in fourth grade, my classmates took a vote to elect the “class clown”. I lost to a kid named Jack Faucett. Jack Faucett? The guy’s a hack! His impression of Mrs. Lavinio wasn’t half as good as mine. But I’m over it. Shake it off, Andy.
Professionally, I started out writing and performing comedic songs. Only one thing held me back: my near-total lack of musical talent.
In 1982, while writing for David Letterman, I appeared as a musical guest on the show. You wanna see it? I can’t imagine why you would, but HERE IT IS.
Gadfly Records was foolish and desperate enough to release a live CD. You can BUY IT HERE.
I eventually transitioned to sketch writing. After Letterman, I wrote for Saturday Night Live, Steve Martin, and others. You may remember an Eddie Murphy sketch on SNL called “White Like Me”, which I wrote and directed. HERE IT IS. I also wrote “Japanese Game Show” for Mike Myers and the late great Chris Farley. WATCH IT HERE.
I’ve written a number of films, including I.Q., Sgt. Bilko, and Rat Race. Rat Race was directed by Jerry Zucker and I’m pretty proud of it. HERE’S A CLIP.
Then, another transition, to episodic television. Remember “Monk”? That was my show. I created and produced it. Here’s a CLIP. If you buy the box set, I’ll make 12 cents. I’ll split it with you. BUY IT HERE.
These days, I’m working on another light-mystery series called “The Good Cop”. It’s on Netflix and stars
Tony Danza and Josh Groban. It’s the show I was born
to write. CHECK IT OUT.
For the last 20-plus years, I’ve co-hosted a radio show called SEVEN SECOND DELAY. We call it “stunt radio”. Half of our shows are failures. The other half are disasters. HERE’S A LINK to some recent episodes.
I’ve been lucky. I’ve gotten to meet and work with people I’ve always admired. I’ve written for the Oscars. I’ve traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with Al Franken for the USO.
Along the way, I’ve received a smattering of media attention. When they ran out of Bruce Springsteen stories, New Jersey Monthly ran THIS PROFILE OF ME.
Which brings me- finally- to UNCLE ANDY TOYS. Starting a toy and game company may seem like a radical departure for a TV and movie writer, but to me it feels like a natural next step. The toy business is basically
show business with dice.
Check out my line toys and games. Are they a little SUBVERSIVE?
Perhaps. Are they a tad IMPOLITE? Yeah. But hey, so are you.
Our current line includes: SHIT HAPPENS, a party game as crude and unpredictable as life itself.. REAL-LIFE TRAVEL BINGO, a travel game for real, dysfunctional families like yours… WHO TOOTED?, a board game which combines America’s two favorite pastimes: poker and farting.. and LITTLE DIABLO, a trash-talking doll featuring the voice of Jon Lovitz..
I have two goals.
One: to develop a line of innovative, irreverent toys and games that are unlike anything else on the market. And two: to finally convince my so-called friends in fourth grade that they voted for the wrong class clown.