John Lloyd helps make some of the cleverest television in the UK.

Why you should listen

John Lloyd seems to have known every brilliant and funny person in Britain, and his collaborations are legendary. He's been a fixture on the BBC for four decades, producing such classic comedies as Blackadder, Spitting Image, the BBC's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and lately QI (short for "Quite Interesting"), hosted by Stephen Fry (read his Reddit AMA about it).

Lloyd has also written more than a dozen funny books -- including The Meaning of Liff, a collaboration with his friend Douglas Adams, which has been in print for 26 years.

What others say

“If John Cleese is the Pope of comedy, John is the Cardinal. He is the kingmaker because he is this unbelievable source of comic wisdom.” — Griff Rhys Jones, The Independent

John Lloyd’s TED talks

More news and ideas from John Lloyd

An inventory of the invisible: John Lloyd on

September 16, 2009

Nature’s mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons, as comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of several things not seen. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, in Oxford, England. Duration: 10:25) Twitter URL: Watch John Lloyd’s talk on, where you can download this […]

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Running notes: The Thursday night bonus session of TEDGlobal 2009

July 24, 2009

In the gallery above, Felix Thorn talks about his instrument, Felix’s Machines — a bank of analog and mechanical instruments wired to two Mac laptops to play a haunting music. It sounds like the singing voice of a lonely robot. Thursday night’s early-evening session at the Sheldonian Theatre, an ancient and storied venue (as we […]

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