Alan Zweibel delivers a charming and candid look at his career journey as a comedy writer. He describes the experience of writing for some of television's most beloved comedies—from Saturday Night Live
to Curb Your Enthusiasm
—and discusses how his career success has transcended television to film, theater and literature.
There will be a book signing after the show. Alan's memoir, Laugh Lines—My Life Helping Funny People be Funnier
, will be available for purchase.
About Alan Zweibel
An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy and Writers Guild awards 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, and 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, Air Mail and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best-selling e-book 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 the Writers Guild of America East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 because of the diversity of his body of work.
In addition to the talk shows, Alan's also appeared in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order. He can be seen in the documentary The Last Laugh about humor and the Holocaust, Judd Apatow's The 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
entitled Love, Gilda.
Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny for a return to the New York stage. His cultural memoir, Laugh Lines—My Life Helping Funny People be Funnier was recently published by Abrams Books, and a movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal called Here Today that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish can be seen on Amazon Prime and AppleTV+, among other platforms.
But the production that Alan is most proud of is the one he co-created with his wife Robin, their three children and five grandchildren.
For ages 15+
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)
*Free parking is available from the entrance on Fabian Way
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