Alan Zweibel is a comedy writing legend whose memoir, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier, is receiving well-deserved acclaim. It’s included in People magazine’s “The Best New Books” section and earned a positive review in The New York Times this weekend.
The legendary Saturday Night Live writer shares an excerpt from his new book on our blog. Publisher’s Weekly says “comics and comedy fans alike will delight in this hilarious and self-deprecating memoir.”
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, he has collaborated 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 bestselling book.
Alan has written 11 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 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.
In 2010, Alan was given an honorary Ph.D. from the State University of New York, and because of the diversity of his body of work in 2013 the Writers Guild of America presented him with a lifetime achievement award.
Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny for a return to the New York stage, and a movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal titled Here Today that stars Billy and Tiffany Haddish will be seen in theaters next fall.
In 2014, he served as a keynoter at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and returned as a faculty member in 2016.