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Shaun Pye is an English actor, comedian, writer, critic, television producer, editor and journalist, known for co-creating the animated sketch comedy Monkey Dust with Harry Thompson, and for his role as Greg Lindley-Jones on Ricky Gervais's sitcom Extras.
A former comedy critic for the Evening Standard and editor of Tough Puzzles, Pye has performed as a comedian. He is, however, known best for his work as a writer, having written material for series including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, They Think It's All Over, Armstrong and Miller, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Would I Lie To You? and Channel 4's The 100 Greatest Cartoons. He recently became one of the head writers on 8 out of 10 Cats alongside presenter Jimmy Carr and fellow comedian Frankie Boyle.
He first met his comedy partner Harry Thompson while working on The 11 O'Clock Show, and together they created the notoriously dark satirical cartoon Monkey Dust, which broadcast on BBC Three for three series with its unflinchingly pessimistic portrayal of modern Britain. The pair collaborated with Alan Connor in 2006 to create Respectable, a sitcom for channel Five about a suburban brothel. Following Thompson's death from lung cancer, Shaun took over production of the show. He also co-produced the short lived quiz show It's Only TV... But I Like It.