An original Saturday Night Live writer who The New York Times says has “earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture,” Alan Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created and produced), Monk, PBS’s Great Performances, The Late Show With David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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, the off-Broadway plays Happy, Between Cars, Pine Cone Moment and Bunny Bunny — Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his best-selling book.
His books include the 2006 Thurber Prize-winning novel The Other Shulman; the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve; North; a collection of short stories and essays titled Clothing Optional; the novel Lunatics that he co-wrote with Dave Barry; and the recently released middle-grades novel Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My ___ that he co-wrote with Adam Mansbach.
Alan’s humor also has 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 also has penned a best-selling e-book, 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 Ph.D. from the State University of New York and, because of the diversity of his body of work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alan is currently an executive producer on Showtime’s documentary series Inside Comedy starring David Steinberg, is writing and producing a television pilot for IFC and writing the book for a Broadway musical version of Field of Dreams.
But the production Alan is most proud of is the family he’s co-produced with his wife Robin — their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari; and their grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Jordan and Kylie.