Six months after surviving the episode of mental illness depicted in My Fluorescent God, I launched a fifteen-year career as a comedy writer and performer. I co-founded a Seattle comedy/ improvisation troupe, Off the Wall Players in 1980, then moved to television in 1985. I became head writer and cast member for Almost Live, (KING TV, Comedy Central), where I won eight regional Emmys.
In 1989, I moved to Los Angeles with my wife and writing partner, Nancy Guppy, to work for HBO’s Not Necessarily the News, winning a shared Writer’s Guild Award. I also wrote for directors Blake Edwards, John Landis and for Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. Back in Seattle in 1993, I taught improvisation and writing for programs at Seattle University and the University of Washington, and wrote and performed comedy videos for Microsoft’s national conferences.
In 1995, I trained to be a psychotherapist at Seattle University’s existential-phenomenological master’s program . I am currently in private practice, where I help young adults, couples, and individuals with anxiety, addictions, depression, and relationship problems. The issues are serious, but fostering a client’s creativity, sense of humor, and view of life as a meaningful story are essential to my work.
Along the way, I have given scores of classes, workshops, television performances, and media interviews, and written op-ed pieces. In the past few years, I have presented material from My Fluorescent God at psychology seminars and at literary events. My next book is in collaboration with my wife, Nancy Guppy. It’s a comedic look at long-term relationships.