Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade

The Cambridge-educated son of a Nigerian father and Swedish mother, Richard Ayoade first came to prominence starring in and co-writing the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe show Garth Merenghi's Fright Knight with Matthew Holness, winning the Perrier Award for its sequel, Garth Merenghi's Netherhead, the following year. The show transferred to Channel Four in 2004 as Garth Merenghi's Darkplace, before spawning the spin-off 80s chat show spoof, Man to Man with Dean Learner, fronted by Ayoade's 'smut-peddler' character.

Appearances in The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley were followed by his highest profile role to date in Graham Linehan's sitcom The IT Crowd, playing socially inept tech support worker Moss, a role he reprised for an unaired US adaptation in 2009.

Establishing a parallel career as a music video director for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, he directed his first film, the coming-of-age comedy-drama Submarine in 2010, and his second, The Double, a nightmarish, dystopian comedy-drama, loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella, in 2014.

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Ayoade and Berry together again

IT Crowd stars sign up for new animated comedy

It Crowd stars Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry are being reunited in a new TV series.

However the pair will not be seen on screen together as the new project,  Krapopolis, is an animated show from Community and Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon

Set in mythical ancient Greece, the comedy revolves around a flawed family of humans, gods, and monsters

Ayoade voices the mortal son of a Goddess and benevolent King of Krapopolis, Tyrannis, who is trying to make do in a city that lives up to its name.

Berry, who also appeared alongside Ayoade in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, will play Tyrannis’ father, Shlub, a mantitaur – a hybrid of horse, human, lion  and scorpion.

Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddington has also joined the cast as Deliria, Tyrannis’ mother, ‘goddess of self-destruction and questionable choices’.

The show launches on Fox in America next year.

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Published: 9 Sep 2021

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Book (2019)
Ayoade On Top

Book (2017)
The Grip Of Film

DVD (2009)
IT Crowd Series 3

DVD (2007)
AD/BC: A Rock Opera

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2000

Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Garth Marenghi's Netherhead


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