With his writing and acting work on MTV's legendary sketch comedy series, The State, as well as on Reno 911!, High Maintenance, Blue Man Group and more, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories. In 2009, he launched RISK!, the live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share, which is downloaded over 2.5 million times per month. Allison is also the founder of The Story Studio in New York, where he has taught the art of storytelling to bestselling authors, well-known comedians, and executives from a range of fields.
Stephen K Amos
STEPHEN K AMOS is a British stand-up comedian of Nigerian origin. A regular on the international comedy circuit, he began his career as a compere at the Big Fish comedy clubs in South London, and has been nominated for Chortle's Best Compere Award three times.Stephen has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material and can find the funny in some of the most unexpected places. His debut DVD Find the Funny, recorded at the Enmore Theatre Sydney, was released in November 2009. In 2010 The Stephen K Amos Show debuted on BBC2. His second DVDThe Feelgood Factor was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo. His 2011 Best Medicine solo show played to packed out crowds around the country.
Armstrong and Miller met at University and have been working successfully as actors and comedians, both together and separately, since the mid 1990s. They are currently working on a new series of the BBC1 Armstrong and Miller Show, and a fifty-date tour - both for autumn 2010.
Catherine Bennett writes for the Guardian and the Observer. She lives in London.
Marcus Berkmann has spent more than thirty years sitting in front of various television screens swearing at incompetent England batsmen. In his leisure time he has written columns on sport for Punch, the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Express. He is a regular contributor to Private Eye and has been the Spectator's pop music critic for over twenty years. His books include Rain Men: The Madness of Cricket, Zimmer Men: The Trials and Tribulations of the Ageing Cricketer, Fatherhood: The Truth and A Matter of Facts: The Insider's Guide to Quizzing
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
After years of odd jobs, which most notably included stints as the stunt double for Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize and The Hulk's Lou Ferrigno, Chuy Bravo has settled into what he hopes is a lifelong position as the assistant to Chelsea Handler. In his spare time, he moonlights as an actor and can be seen in The Rundown and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
SIMON BRETT is the author of over ninety books, many of them crime novels. His humorous writing includes the internation bestsellers How To Be A Little Sod and Summersdale's very successful Baby Tips series. He was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in English. A former radio and television producer, he has to date written over ninety books. A great many are crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Fethering series. Simon was Chairman of the Crime Writers Association from 1986 to 1987 and of the Society of Authors from 1995 to 1997. He is President of the Detection Club and was awarded the 2014 CWA Diamond Dagger. He lives near Arundel in West Sussex and is married with three grown-up children, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and a cat called Polly.
Mark Bryant has written/compiled a number of books on pets including It's a Dog's Life: A Canine Cartoon Collection (1991, Foreword by Jilly Cooper) - featuring the best of the entries for the Dog Cartoonist of the Year Awards - which was published to mark the centenary of the National Canine Defence League (now the Dogs Trust), with all royalties going to the charity. Other books include The Church Cat: Clerical Cats in Stories and Verse (1997); Cat Tales for Christmas (1993); The Artful Cat: A Tribute with 60 Portraits (1991); The World's Greatest Cat Cartoons (1993); The Complete Lexicat: A Cat Name Companion (1992); CATS: An Anthology of Stories and Poems (2016) and Casanova's Parrot and Other Tales of the Famous and Their Pets (2002). In addition, he is the author of Constable: A Brief History of Britain's Oldest Independent Publisher (2010) and other books. His family's much-loved canine companions have included a golden retriever and a short-haired terrier. He lives in London.
Simon Bullivant is a comedy writer and television producer - one of the creators of They Think It's All Over and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and a key writer on shows including Mock the Week and Argumental. He cut his comedy teeth on the radio, writing for such shows as Week Ending and The News Huddlines. During his radio years he also co-wrote a docu-drama celebrating Batman's 50th anniversary as well as writing a comedy series about Britain's first costumed superhero, Greywing starring Timothy Spall as the eponymous crime fighter.
JEN CAMPBELL grew up in the northeast of England, and graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in English Literature. She is a published poet and short-story writer. She lives in north London where she works at Ripping Yarns bookshop.
Simon Carr has been the Independent's parliamentary sketch writer and columnist for the last five years, and is, by common consent, the rudest of them all. An engaging and amusing talker and writer, Simon Carr was speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992-4.
Chip Carter began his trek into the written world with numerous STAR TREK trading cards. After selling a story pitch to STAR TREK: VOYAGER, he wrote the Obsessed With Star Trek trivia book, gift books highlighting Star Trek technology, and continues to work on other licensed products including thousands of questions for licensed Trivial Pursuit sets for THE WALKING DEAD, HARRY POTTER and of course, STAR TREK.
Nancy the Cat
Sex and the Kitty is Nancy the Cat's first book.
Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.
Graham Chapman studied medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was invited to join the Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Society, where he met John Cleese. He qualified as a doctor at St.Bartholomew's Hospital in London, then put his medical career on hold and joined Cleese on tour with the stage revue Cambridge Circus, which ran on Broadway in Oct. 1964 and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Back in England, Graham wrote for many TV series, radio programs and films, including the Doctor In the House series, The Frost Report, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, and Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also had the lead role in the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian. Yellowbeard was his only novel.Graham died (at age 48) of cancer on 4, Oct 1989, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Monty Python. Fellow Python Terry Jones called it 'The worst case of party-pooping I've ever seen.'Graham Chapman studied medicine at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was invited to join the Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Society, where he met John Cleese. He qualified as a doctor at St.Bartholomew's Hospital in London, then put his medical career on hold and joined Cleese on tour with the stage revue Cambridge Circus, which ran on Broadway in Oct. 1964 and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Back in England, Graham wrote for many TV series, radio programs and films, including the Doctor In the House series, The Frost Report, I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, and Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also had the lead role in the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian. Yellowbeard was his only novel. Graham died (at age 48) of cancer on 4, Oct 1989, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Monty Python. Fellow Python Terry Jones called it 'The worst case of party-pooping I've ever seen.'
Al Cimino is the author of a number of books, including The Manhattan Project, Drug Wars and The Mafia Files.
Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She started a comic blog, LizClimo.tumblr.com, where Rory and his dad first appeared in 2012. Liz currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Colin, and their daughter, Marlow.
Frank Coles is a globetrotting writer based in the UK. He's edited two books, been a contributing magazine editor and copywriter and spent a decade in the TV and film business. His work has taken him all over Europe, the Middle East, SE Asia, North America and the Arctic Circle.
JOAN COLLINS, OBE, has appeared in some sixty films and many television series, including the highly rated TV drama Dynasty. Her books have sold over 50 million copies in 30 languages. A devoted humanitarian, she lends her support and celebrity to causes that include finding a cure for breast cancer.