Paul King

Paul King was a writer and director best known for directing all three seasons of the outlandish British sketch comedy show "The Mighty Boosh" (BBC Three, 2004-07). A native of England, King studied English at Cambridge University where he met a young actor and filmmaker named Richard Ayoade. Ayoade also had a knack for comedy, and the two immediately struck up a friendship. After college King directed Ayoade in a comedic show called "Garth Marenghi's FrightKnight" at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival. The show was a big hit and in 2002 King was hired as an Associate director on the Channel 4 TV adaptation, known as "Garth Marenghi's DarkPlace." King's first big break as a director came in 2004, when he worked with Ayoade once again as director on the surrealistic sketch comedy show "The Mighty Boosh." King directed the entire first season of the show, and was brought back to helm every episode of season two and three. In 2009, King ventured in movies by directing the comedy "Bunny and the Bull." King also wrote the script, which once again featured his old collaborator Richard Ayoade in a supporting role. King returned to television in 2011 with "Come Fly With Me" (BBC One, 2010-11), a mockumentary-style show that took place inside a fictional British airport. After a five year absence, King returned to making movies with 2014's "Paddington." The film, a family comedy about a bear looking for a home in London, was King's first venture into the mainstream, and starred Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw.