Robert Popper is a multi-award winning writer, producer and performer, and best-selling author.
Robert produced Peep Show for Channel 4, winning a BAFTA for series 4 and British Comedy Awards for both series 3 and 4. With Peter Serafinowicz, Robert created, starred in and composed the music for the BBC 2 spoof science comedy, Look Around You, winning the Rose D’or for Best Comedy in 2006 plus a BAFTA nomination.
Robert has written on a number of shows, including BBC’s BAFTA-winning Harry & Paul, and The Peter Serafinowicz Show. He has also script-edited some of the country’s most exciting comedy programmes, including the multi award-winning The Inbetweeners, Graham Linehan’s EMMY award-winning IT Crowd, Peep Show series 5-8 and BBC’s Him & Her.
As a Commissioning Editor for comedy at Channel 4, Robert commissioned Bo’ Selecta!, helped develop The IT Crowd, oversaw two series of Black Books, as well as series 2 of Spaced, and ran Comedy Labs.
Under his pseudonym, Robin Cooper, he wrote The Timewaster Letters books, which have so far sold over 300,000 copies.
Robert apperars regularly on Charlie Higson & Paul Whitehouse’s Sony Award-winning Radio 4 series, Down the Line, and performed in their BBC2 show, Bellamy’s People. He also appeared in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s movie, Hot Fuzz, saying just three words – “I’m not Janine”, and worked in Los Angeles as a writer on Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie, Bruno.
In December 2008, Robert set up his own production company, Popper Pictures, to make comedy TV shows.
Robert and Peter created the online afterlife comedy, The Other Side (Radio Spiritworld), as well as the online world religion, Tarvuism (www.tarvu.com).
In 2010, Robert wrote on series 14 of South Park in Los Angeles.
Robert created, wrote and produced the sitcom, Friday Night Dinner, starring Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap. Series one aired on Channel 4 in 2011, winning the Rose D’or for Best Sitcom, a BAFTA nomination plus lots more nominations. Series 2 went out on Channel 4 in 2012 and included a Christmas Special. Series 3 finished airing in July 2014.
Friday Night Dinner has gone on to sell to over 150 territories worldwide.
Robert recently-ish starred alongside Steve Coogan in Sky TV’s ‘Alan Partidge on Open Books’, and script-edited The Inbetweeners 2 movie. He is currently writing Friday Night Dinner for a pilot for CBS, America.