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An original “Saturday Night Live” writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy and Writers Guild for his work in television, which also includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and produced) “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play “700 Sundays”, Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame Becomes Me”, and six off-Broadway plays including “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” which he adapted from his best-selling book.
All told, Alan has written eleven books including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman”, the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve”, the novel “Lunatics” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry, and most recently a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” that he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach.
Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best- selling ebook titled “From My Bottom Drawer.
The co-writer of the screenplays for the films “Dragnet”, “North”, and “The Story of Us”, Alan has received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and because of the diversity of his body or work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to the talk shows, Alan’s also appeared in episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order”, and can be seen in the documentary “The Last Laugh” about humor and the Holocaust; Judd Apatow’s “Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” on HBO, “Gilbert” about the life of Gilbert Gottfried as well as the Emmy nominated CNN documentary he executive produced with his wife Robin titled “Love, Gilda”.
Alan is currently preparing “Bunny Bunny” for a return to the New York stage, his cultural memoir titled “Laugh Lines – My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier” (Abrams Books) was released in April 2020, and a movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal titled “Here Today” that stars Billy and Tiffany Haddish.
I will be speaking about my new book Laugh Lines – My Life Helping Funny People be Funnier which not only chronicles my 45 year career in comedy (from the Catskills to Broadway) but I’ll also speak about the emotional events in my personal life that prompted me to write this book at this particular time. - Alan Zweibel
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