Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel is an American television writer, author, playwright, and screenwriter whom The New York Times says has “earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture." An original "Saturday Night Live" writer, Zweibel has won five Emmy Awards for his work in television, which also includes "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (co-creator and producer) and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (consulting producer). Zweibel'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. He is currently preparing "Bunny Bunny" for a return to the New York stage. Taking to the stage himself, Zweibel is an ensemble performer in "Celebrity Autobiography" at New York's Triad Theater— and is a sought after keynote speaker. A frequent guest on late night talk shows, Zweibel 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 "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" (HBO); "Gilbert", a documentary about the life of Gilbert Gottfried; and "Love, Gilda", the Emmy-nominated CNN documentary for which he also served as executive producer. All told, Zweibel has written eleven books including his cultural memoir "Laugh Lines – My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier", 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?" which he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach. Zweibel's humor has appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He also penned a best-selling e-book titled From My Bottom Drawer. Zweibel produced and co-wrote the feature film "Here Today" (2021) with Billy Crystal who also directs and stars alongside Tiffany Haddish. Other feature film co-writing credits include: "Dragnet", "North" and "The Story of Us". He has been honored with awards from the Writers Guild of America and the Television Critics Association, and in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) presented him with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing which is given “in honor of a lifetime body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television.” In 2009, Zweibel received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York. In his own words, the production he is most proud of is the one he co-created with his wife Robin, their three children and five grandchildren.
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