Heywood Allen [born Allan Stewart Konigsberg] began his career in the 1950s as a comedy writer, subsequently moving to stand-up comedy† where he cultivated the insecure, intellectual, fretful persona which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. Allen graduated to filmmaking in the 1960s; the best-known of his over 50 films being Annie Hall (United Artists, 1977), Manhattan (United Artists, 1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (Orion Pictures, 1986), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (Orion Pictures, 1989), and comedy cult classics What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (American International Pictures, 1966), Bananas (United Artists, 1971), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (United Artists, 1972) and Sleeper (United Artists, 1973); although Allen personally rates Stardust Memories (United Artists, 1980), The Purple Rose of Cairo (Orion Pictures, 1985), and Match Point (Icon Productions, 2005) as his best works.
*Written by series’ creator John Smith
**The character in the story is an unnamed projection of Tyranny’s consciousness, rendering it an homage rather than a direct reference – hey, our blog, our rules
†Ranked fourth by Comedy Central on a 2004 list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, and third in a U.K. survey of [all-round] comedians (The Guardian, January 2, 2005) [after Peter Cook (1937–1995) and John Cleese]