Alan Zweibel

Original Saturday Night Live Writer & Best-Selling Author

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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.

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

About Alan Zweibel

An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics 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, and most recently a parody of the Haggadah titled For This We Left Egypt? which 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. He has also penned a best selling e-book titled From My Bottom Drawer.

The co-writer of the screenplays for the films DragnetNorth, and The Story of Us, Alan has received an honorary PhD from the State University of New York, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writers Guild of America, East in 2010 because of the diversity of his body of work.

Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny for a return to the New York stage, writing a cultural memoir titled Laugh Lines: 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier for Abrams Books, awaiting the go-ahead on a movie he co-wrote that will star Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.

On the TV screen, he’s also appeared in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order, and can currently be seen in the documentary The Last Laugh about humor and the Holocaust; Judd Apatow’s Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, on HBO, as well as Gilbert, about the life of Gilbert Gottfried. Most recently, he executive produced a documentary titled Love, Gilda that premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also appears in four episodes of CNN’s History of Comedy.

Speech Topics

  • Back to the Big Time - Broadway: Tony Winning Writing with Billy Crystal and Martin Short
  • Bunny Bunny: The Healing Powers of Laughter
  • Laughing at Me: Rebounding From the "Misses" Sandwiched Between the Hits
  • Saturday Night Live - Live: Creating Comedy With the Legendary Original Saturday Night Live Cast

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