Alan Zweibel: Laugh Lines
My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier
Alan Zweibel started his comedy career selling jokes for seven dollars apiece to the last of the Borscht Belt standups. Then one night, despite bombing on stage, he caught the attention of Lorne Michaels and became one of the first writers at Saturday Night Live, where he penned classic material for Gilda Radner, John Belushi and all of the original “Not Ready For Prime Time Players.” From SNL, he went on to have a hand in a series of landmark shows – from It’s Garry Shandling’s Show to Curb Your Enthusiasm. Throughout the pages of Laugh Lines, Zweibel weaves together his own stories and interviews with his friends and contemporaries including Richard Lewis, Eric Idle, Bob Saget, Sarah Silverman, Dave Barry and Carl Reiner. The book also features a charming foreword from his friend of 45 years, Billy Crystal.
Alan Zweibel has won multiple Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards for his work in television. He also collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play 700 Sundays, and won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel, The Other Shulman.