Andrew Doyle is a writer, broadcaster, comedian and satirist. He is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze and his articles on culture and politics are regularly published in the national press. He is the author of Free Speech and Why It Matters published in 2021 by Constable. He has also written two books under his satirical persona Titania McGrath – Woke: A Guide to Social Justice (2019) and My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism (2020).
As a stand-up, Andrew has written and performed seven live shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, four of which transferred to the Soho Theatre in London. In 2019, he toured the UK with Friendly Fire, a new stand-up show produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments. He is the co-founder of Comedy Unleashed, London’s free-thinking comedy night.
Up until January 2019, Andrew was one half of the writing duo behind Jonathan Pie, the spoof news reporter. He co-wrote numerous viral videos for Pie, including a response to Donald Trump’s election which was viewed online more than 150 million times. In addition to various sketches for radio and television, and a book (Jonathan Pie: Off the Record), Andrew co-wrote two major tours for the character which played to sell-out shows across the UK, including the London Palladium, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the Hammersmith Apollo. Andrew performed as the stand-up support act throughout both tours.
Andrew’s credits for BBC television include Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio (co-writer), Jonathan Pie’s American Pie (co-writer) and Nazi Pug: Joke or Hate? (producer). His plays for BBC radio include Jimmy Murphy Makes Amends, The Second Mr Bailey, Poster Girl, and Reacher’s Point.
Andrew has written many plays and musicals for the stage. His critically-acclaimed political drama Borderland, published by Oberon Books, was produced by 7:84 Theatre Company for a national tour of Scotland and was recently revived for a production at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Other stage plays include Cockfight (Canal Café Theatre, London), Shamlet (King’s Head Theatre, London), Death in Greenwich (Pleasance Theatre, London) and Darker Side Down (Arad Goch Theatre, Aberystwyth).
He has written a number of musicals with composer Craig Adams, including adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Castle Theatre, Wellingborough), and Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Castle Theatre, Wellingborough). Andrew and Craig are currently collaborating on a new musical, The Guinea Pig Club, in association with Perfect Pitch.
He has also adapted Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Duke Special. Andrew and Duke Special are currently working on an adaptation of Tony Macaulay’s Breadboy, also for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Andrew has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford, where he was a stipendiary lecturer. He was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast. His editions of novels by the Northern Irish writers Forrest Reid and Stephen Gilbert are published by Valancourt Books.