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Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers

Andrew Nicholls
Born (1957-07-14)14 July 1957
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Residence Studio City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Screenwriter, television writer
Known for Film, television, Animation, Radio, Stand up, Comic strips
Children 1
Website
http://www.nichollsvickers.com
Darrell Vickers
Born (1957-07-17)17 July 1957
Meadow Cottage, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK
Residence Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Screenwriter, television writer
Known for Film, television, Animation, Radio, Stand up, Comic strips
Children 1
Website
http://www.nichollsvickers.com

Andrew Nicholls (born 14 July 1957, in Croxley Green, England) and Darrell Vickers (born 17 July 1957, in Meadow Cottage, England) are a prolific Hollywood writing team. Though both their families moved independently from England to the same town in Canada, Nicholls and Vickers didn't meet until junior high in 1969, where they began collaborating almost immediately. The writing duo moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to continue their careers, and are members of WGA, WGC, SOCAN, ACCT, and ATAS.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Partial Writing Credits 2
    • Stand-up Comedians 2.1
    • Film 2.2
    • Television 2.3
    • Radio 2.4
    • Other 2.5
  • External links 3
    • Interviews 3.1

Career

Nicholls and Vickers began writing music and comedy together while at Ridgeway Junior High School (now École élémentaire Antonine Maillet or Antonine-Maillet Elementary School) in Oshawa, Ontario (Canada). After high school they wrote for stage, radio, TV, syndicated cartoonists and stand-up comedians.

From 1979 to 1982 they performed in Southern Ontario as Nobby Clegg and the Civilians, after having received airplay at Brampton alternative station CFNY-FM with home-recorded songs. The band found some success with the singles "Essay, My Dad" and "I Wanna Be in Commercials," which were also included in the 1981 compilation Toronto Calling. Nicholls and Vickers later used the band's name for a character on the Showtime show Rude Awakening. In that series, the Nobby Clegg character was played by Roger Daltrey, best known as the lead singer of The Who.

From 1986 to 1992 they helped write 770 hours of produced material for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, earning 4 Emmy nominations, and were the show's head writers from December 1989, until Carson's retirement on 22 May 1992.

In 1997, the pair received a Genie nomination, Best Animated Series, for Ned's Newt (Nelvana). They also received a WGC nomination for the series in 1999. The show was notably voiced by Harland Williams.

In 2001, the two received a Gemini nomination for "Best Comedy Series" for their work developing, writing the pilot, and serving as Story Editors on John Callahan's Quads!.

The duo were nominated for a Pulcinella Award, Best Animated Episode, at the 2003 Cartoons on the Bay Festival in Positano, Italy, for both The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The World of Tosh.

In 2008, the pair were awarded a Gemini Award, Best Pre-School Series, for the animated series Will & Dewitt—having written the series bible, 28 episodes, and serving as Story Editors.

Vickers is currently part of a new music band called "Death of the Author Brigade"—which was formed through and continues to create songs via the internet (meaning that none of the band members have actually met in person).

As a writing team, Vickers and Nicholls have over 1200 hours of produced television credits. They have also written, developed and produced 35 television pilot scripts (as of 2010).

Partial Writing Credits

Stand-up Comedians

Film

Television

Radio

  • The Alleged Report (1980) syndicated radio comedy
  • The Continuing Adventures Of... Adventureman! [Created by, Written by] (1980) (CBC Radio) comedy series
  • Countless Travels of Matthew Matics [Created by, Written by] (1980) (CBC Radio) comedy series
  • Great Canadian Characters [Created by, Written by] (1981) (CBC Radio) series
  • This Day in History (1983) (CBC Radio) series

Other

  • Frank & Ernest (1979–2006) (United Media) syndicated comic strip
  • Fezgod.com [Created by/Developed by] online humour site—since discontinued
  • Valuable Lessons: How I Made (And Lost) Millions Writing For Over A Hundred Shows and Series—Andrew Nicholls' revealingly honest exposé about the entertainment industry and the life of a Television writer and show runner. The updated 2010 version is now available for download at Amazon (Kindle Edition): Valuable Lessons: How I Made (And Lost) Millions Writing For Over A Hundred Shows and Series

External links

  • Official Website
  • Andrew Nicholls at the Internet Movie Database
  • Darrell Vickers at the Internet Movie Database
  • Nobby Clegg video for "Essay, My Dad"
  • CFNY-FM Testimonial on Nobby Clegg
  • Information on Nobby Clegg
  • Official MySpace page for Death of the Author Brigade – Darrell Vickers' new internet music band
  • Valuable Lessons: How I Made (And Lost) Millions Writing For Over A Hundred Shows and Seriesebook (Amazon Kindle version) of Andrew Nicholl's

Interviews

  • Time Magazine Article
  • Thinking 'Toon interview with Andrew Nicholls
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