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Alan Zweibel

Original Saturday Night Live Writer, Screenwriter & Best-Selling Author

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.  In a separate program, Zweibel talks about tapping into the healing power of laughter, a cause he discovered in his very relatable story about helping his close friend and colleague, Gilda Radner, during her struggle after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as his own coping after the loss of a loved one.

BIO

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, the novel Lunatics that he co-wrote with Dave Barry, a parody of the Haggadah titled For This We Left Egypt? that he wrote with Barry and Adam Mansbach.

Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffngton Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best selling e-book titled From My Bottom Drawer.

As the co-writer of the screenplays for 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 of work, the Writers Guild of America East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

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 with his wife Robin titled Love, Gilda.

Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny to return to the New York stage. His cultural memoir entitled Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier will be published by Abrams Books in April 2020, which is following the success of his most recent book co-written with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach called A Field Guide to the Jewish People. A movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal titled Here Today is currently in production starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.

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, the novel Lunatics that he co-wrote with Dave Barry, a parody of the Haggadah titled For This We Left Egypt? that he wrote with Barry and Adam Mansbach.

Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffngton Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best selling e-book titled From My Bottom Drawer.

As the co-writer of the screenplays for 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 of work, the Writers Guild of America East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

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 with his wife Robin titled Love, Gilda.

Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny to return to the New York stage. His cultural memoir entitled Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier will be published by Abrams Books in April 2020, which is following the success of his most recent book co-written with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach called A Field Guide to the Jewish People. A movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal titled Here Today is currently in production starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.

"Alan Zweibel was, without a doubt, one of the most engaging and compelling lecturers that Rhodes College has ever had the pleasure of hosting... The content of his speech was on-point and clever, resonating with the entire age range represented in the audience."

Rhodes College

SPEECH TOPICS

40 Years Trying to Make Funny People Funnier

Saturday Night Live, Live: Creating Comedy With the Legendary Original “Saturday Night Live” Cast

Bunny Bunny: Losing a Loved One and the Healing Powers of Laughter

Laughing At Me: Rebounding From the “Misses” Sandwiched Between the Hits

Back to the Big Time—Broadway!

Books & Media
For This We Left Egypt? book coverThe Other Schulman book coverBunny Bunny book cover