Stevyn Colgan – From Met Police Officer to BBC Comedy Writer and Award Winning Author.
Stevyn Colgan started his career as a police officer in London in the Met police problem solving unit. And now he’s a comedy writer and has written for BBC programmess like Qi and The Museum of Curiosity. He’s written several books including most recently a comedy Whodunnit called A Murder to Die For.
In this interview you’ll discover:
- How the Met Police problem solving unit solved a late night public order problem using lollipops
- How Stevyn transition from being a Bobby on the beat to being a successful comedy script writer
- What it’s like working with Stephen Fry, Sandy Toksvig, and other legends of the British comedy scene.
He has been a chef, a comics publisher, a monster maker and – for three decades – a police officer in London, during which time he met three prime ministers, two US presidents and a Pope, was told to f*ck off by a royal, was kissed by Princess Diana (not the same royal), was set on fire twice (not by a royal), and let Freddie Mercury wear his helmet.
He is a visiting lecturer at several UK universities and a popular speaker at UK and international events such as TED, QEDcon, Nudgestock, the Ig Nobel Prizes, Latitude, the Hay Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and many more. He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio shows including Freakonomics, Do The Right Thing, Ex Libris, No Such Thing As A Fish, Little Atoms and Josie Long’s Short Cuts.
For over a decade he was one of the ‘elves’ that research and write the multi award-winning BBC TV series QI and was part of the writing team that won the Rose D’Or for BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.
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