In the 1970s, cartoonist and illustrator Stuart Hamble wanted to make a comic strip based on his favorite stand-up comic and friend, Woody Allen.
In 1976 (with Allen's blessing and some input, but Not Quite Starring!) that dream became a reality and ''Inside Woody Allen" was born and syndicated in newspapers all over the country by King Features Syndicate.The comic is based mostly on Allen's early standup routines and revolves around the film director's hang-ups and observations with everyday life including sex, relationships, therapy, and other observations and situations. It also features many tropes often featured in his earlier films. The strip ran until 1984, it was also republished in several books in both the US and abroad.
This strip provides examples of:
- Adorkable: He's Woody Allen, after all!
- Animated Adaptation: if the scene in ''Annie Hall", counts.
- Butt-Monkey / Sadist Show: Woody is the living embodiment of these.
- Celebrity Toons: It was a comic strip, but an animated version of this Woody did have a brief appearance in Annie Hall.
- Dysfunction Junction: You have to remember this is Woody Allen, you're dealing with!
- Eye Glasses: What do you expect, he's Woody Allen.
- Freudian Couch: Woody is often seen on this while talking to his shrink, Dr. Fobick.
- Freudian Excuse
- Gag Nose: Woody's could count
- Jewish and Nerdy
- No Intelligent Life Here: used in this strip◊
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Many things in the strip are based on things that happened during meetings with Hamble and Allen.