KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles
Some see the glass as half full. Some see it as not only half empty... But the home for their dentures one day after, their luck, experts decide that a lifetime of preemptive flossing actually causes gum disease.
Up & Down Guys, on KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, is the first radio show to provide massive group therapy and comedy relief in the process. There’s an under-served radio audience who long for a smart yet accessible, clever and funny, grown-up yet hip (but-not-too-hip-for-the-room) entryway into the minds of those of us struggling to connect with the absurdities of everyday life.
In a way, it's a kinder and gentler Larry David meets Dr. Phil, as Up & Down Guys launches with an up front interactive therapy session among "patient," Andy Cowan (the down guy who generally sees the glass half empty, as long as it’s full of humorous insight) psychotherapist, Matt Casper (the up guy who generally sees the glass half full) and listeners.
When the doc's time is up, the theme music kicks in... and therapy session morphs into a multi-faceted comedy/information talk show loosely hinging on the up and down themes, hosted by the (slightly but not oppressively) down guy and his upbeat therapist.
A la The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher, takes on current events and pop culture enjoy fresh new spins. While the seldom-reported minutiae buried in the recesses of the down guy’s overburdened cerebral cortex finds an escape route to the masses.
In times of a still down economy, audiences will draw encouragement from someone poking fun at their own down-ness, someone who can also be energetic and up about a lot of things, an up guy trapped in a down guy’s body!
Featured departments include “celebrity guests” who call in but decline to put their voices on the air (so you only hear the up and down guys’ ends of the conversations). And some who do put their voices on the air. And still other authors… comic strip creators… and quirky conversationalists visit in-studio… shedding light on the up and down sides to their own lives.
They unveil the Up & Down Words of the Week … The Latest Odds! … Go on another Virtual Date, where the Down Guy engages in a (one-way) conversation with an imagined woman out there in radio land he hopes to connect with, as he leaves room for her clearly imagined responses…
They take another phone visit with the Up & Down Girl, who forms their “human graphic equalizer” as her mid-range perspectives balance out Andy’s relative lows and Matt’s relative highs, on such topics as… dating… marriage… family life… and plastic surgery…
New Search Engines… beyond Yahoo! … like Yayyy! … take the art of word association to a whole new level… and Ask God reveals why He rejected the latest award show losers’ prayers!
Unemployment Tonight! gives your self-image a welcome boost by celebrating the people less successful than you are…
And they travel back in time for another … Sick but True Future Prediction of the Past!
LISTEN TO - Up & Down Guys KPFK pilot: 1/12/10
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[Therapy session... visualization... show opening... plea to give eye contact to people when they're in their cars... failed date insurance... up & down word of the week ... Up & Down Girl on having friends... Oprah Winfrey calls in... 60 Seconds expose on inappropriate chuckling... sick but true future prediction of the past... show close]
LISTEN TO - Up & Down Guys KPFK episode: 10/20/10
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[Therapy session... show opening... bad habits... ways to create lifelong happiness... Cowan model has a glitch... Up & Down Guy Parties... up & down word of the week ... Up & Down Girl on marriage... Tiger Woods and Toyota Vice Chairman call in... 60 Seconds expose on overly litigious lawyer... Why God rejected Emmy losers' prayers...show close]
LISTEN TO – Up & Down Guys KPFK episode: 12/2/10
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[Therapy session... show opening... The Latest Odds! ... Recreating holiday childhood excitement... Larry King's all-purpose question... up & down word of the week ... Governor Sarah Palin calls in... Down guy's way to feel successful for a change: Unemployment Tonight... Musical difference between the down guy and up & down guy, Frank Sinatra... show close]
LISTEN TO – Up & Down Guys KPFK episode: Feb. ’11
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[Therapy session... show opening... Word association test... The Latest Odds! ... Positive steps in the year ahead... Motivational speaker, Mario... Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan... Why God rejected the Golden Globe losers' prayers... show close]
Background: Over 50 live hours of Up & Down Guys in streaming audio/VIDEO originated on L.A. internet radio station NWEZ.net in 2000. Vintage Up & Down Guys show can be accessed at ... http://anthrosop.tripod.com/upampdownguys/ ... As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the show grew into a cult sensation as the crown jewels of the site. In 2004, KLSX 97.1 FM, Los Angeles, offered to test the show on its airwaves. In 2010, Up & Down Guys premiered on KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles.
ANDY COWAN (Down Guy) is an award-winning writer/producer/performer, with Cheers (multiple episodes) Seinfeld, 3rd Rock From the Sun (both staff) and numerous other comedies and talk/variety shows among his writing credits. He began his Hollywood career as a segment producer, writer and 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 Showtime CableACE award-winning 60 Minutes send-up, 6 Minutes, drawing praise from 60 Minutes' own creator, Don Hewitt. 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 and as a voiceover artist... http://andycowan.voice123.com/ ... on Seinfeld, 3rd Rock, Lucas Films' Star Wars, Dark Empire I & II audio books, Star Watch, Hollywood's Best Film Directors, HBO Europe, ReelzChannel, Ovation Channel, and numerous other projects. As lead vocalist, he's performed throughout Los Angeles for over two 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 http://anthrosop.tripod.com/hitchindemo/Hitchin' on the Highway of Life (music, lyrics & vocals) has won five international songwriting nods and is featured in the film he wrote and appears in, Knocked Down, 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. http://vimeo.com/51333098 His original jazz song, 20th Century Man, is the theme to Another Talk Show! with Andy Cowan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDZTdKeiufY (See talk show link below.) He regularly contributes humor pieces to multiple publications including the Los Angeles Times, Salon and The New Yorker, wrote for MyFM, Los Angeles, and the CBS Jack FM Radio Network from 2007-'10, and has written over 280 comic panels (one was 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. He and Dan Piraro are collaborating on a book for 2014, Bizarro Meets Seinfeld, including over 200 of their favorite collaborations. He wrote and co-created the comedy webisode series, Phonees, featuring Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) and Jill-Michele Meleán (MADtv). Opposite Andy … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUY8hBktE4w is a comedy half hour being developed by Steel Wool Entertainment & Media which centers on his exploits tackling "the opposite" in his own life, the theme of an acclaimed top ten Seinfeld episode he wrote. He just completed writing the pilot for Pointers, a half hour comedy based on the New York Times best-selling spiritual book, The Untethered Soul, for executive producer, James Mylenek Sr. He is currently about to shoot the half hour pilot, Wannabes, for StoryArc New Media, as writer, executive producer and star, the first web series/sitcom in the world of karaoke. http://www.firstrun.tv/press/ He's also writing and will be starring in another web comedy series, Our Time is Up, tailored to boomers, for Epic Level Entertainment executive, Cindi Rice. And he's head writer and a performer on an upcoming sketch show pilot for Delevie Productions. His comedy talk radio show, Up & Down Guys, http://upanddownguys.com, first profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, premiered in 2010 on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=105RvUh_JZc. And his popular culture takes premiered recently on KTTV Fox 11's Good Day LA. 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.
IMDB profiles (doesn't include all credits from 2000s, nor pilots...) www.oppositeandy.com/
Wikipedia profile: Wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Cowan
1) Andy Cowan on… Andy (2 min. 41 sec.)
2) Andy Cowan on… Catchphrases (2 min. 49 sec.)
3) Andy Cowan on… Virtual Humanity (2 min. 56 sec.)
Andy Cowan at Comedy Central Stage
Evening Stew with Andy Cowan excerpt
6 Minutes – 1991 CableAce Winning Short
MATT CASPER (Up Guy) is a licensed psychotherapist, with a private practice in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he works with adults, young adults and teenagers. He graduated cum laude from Duke University and studied personality psychology, comparative religion and film. While enrolled at Duke, Matt spent six months living in India researching and writing the paper, "In Search of The Sacred Center: Ritual, Art and Architecture As Means Towards Experiencing The Self." He received his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology and Psychoanalysis, and has been involved with the Maple Counseling Center and the Julia-Ann Singer Therapeutic School, where he worked with children with Autism. He has also served as a supervisor for teenage peer counselors at TEEN LINE, a hotline and website that provides outreach and resources for teenagers that are facing emotional challenges. He is the author of the award-winning The Emotes!, a series of 13 children’s books and three collections of comics to help children identify, understand and manage their emotions. He contributes to the development of the Emotes brand, helping to design developmental toys, lesson plans and educational resources. He’s also created and written a 12-week curriculum, using the Emotes books and toys, that serves to help children increase their emotional intelligence. By teaching about the expression of feelings in healthy and constructive ways, he helps children and adults (of all ages) to be more emotionally prepared for the "ups and downs" of life.