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Guy Browning (born 1964 in Chipping Norton) is a humorist, after-dinner speaker and film director. He wrote the How To.. column in The Guardian from 1999-2009. Before that he wrote about office politics and social climbing. He currently lives in Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire.
He was born in Botley, Oxfordshire, and was educated at Magdalen College School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He started out in the comedy duo Dross Bros with Patrick Marber. The two fell out and Browning went into advertising with Darcy Macius Benton Bowles where he was responsible for the line, "Delicious Meaty Chunks in a Nutritious Gravy". He went on to become the Creative Director of Added Value before setting up his own business, Smokehouse, in 1997.
Browning is a regular on BBC Radio 4, (Small Talk – 2003) and Weak at the Top ran for two series in 2005/6 starring Alexander Armstrong. John Weak works for Smokehouse, which is the name of Guy Browning's real business.
Browning combines a serious career as a business writer with books such as Innervation: Rewire Yourself for the New Economy (Momentum 2003) and Grass Roots Management (Prentice Hall 2002), with humorous columns, like the Weak at the Top in Management Today.
His books collecting his Guardian columns, Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade and Never Push When it Says Pull, were bestsellers. His work has been translated into eight languages. His latest book, Maps of My Life, was published in October 2008.
His humour is gentle and incisive; he steers clear of political comedy and cruelty. His lines appear regularly in books of quotations.
On Thursday 24 May 2012, the village of Kingston Bagpuize decamped en masse to view the premiere of Tortoise in Love, as part of the opening of the newly refurbished Leicester Square in London. The film had a UK release in July 2012 and went on to be released in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.