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Alan Zweibel

Playwright, Author and Emmy Award-winning writer

Alan Zweibel

Alan visits with students at Amherst in Summer 2011

A sample of what our students had to say after their visit with Alan:

  • "Alan Zweibel is the best, so funny! Please make sure he comes back."
  • "Alan Zweibel - completely captivating, inspirational and genuinely awesome."
  • "Alan Zweibel was not only hilarious but he offered a different perspective and new opportunities for a career in writing."

An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan Zweibel, who the New York Times says has "earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture," has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television which includes It's Garry Shandling's Show (which he co-created and executive produced) Monk, PBS's Great Performances, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

A frequent guest on talk shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, Alan's many theatrical contributions include the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays which he collaborated on with Billy Crystal, the play Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy which he adapted from his best-selling book and Martin Short's Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me.

Alan has written the 2006 Thurber Prize-winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children's book, Our Tree Named Steve, and a collection of short stories and essays titled Clothing Optional. His humor has appeared in such diverse publications as Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine.

Co-writer of the screenplays for Dragnet, North, and The Story of Us, Alan recently received an honorary PhD from the State University of New York and in 2010 the Writers Guild of America gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently writing TV pilots for Sony and Nickleodeon, working with Billy Crystal on the feature film version of 700 Sundays to be directed by Barry Levinson, writing a trilogy of one-act plays titles Boca Stories for the New York stage, executive producing a documentary mini-series with Steve Carell and David Steinberg.

In the 2011 TV season, Alan has been seen as a newly created character on Curb Your Enthusiasm and in a segment on Funny or Die.

Alan's most recent book is titled Lunatics: a Novel which was co-written with Dave Barry and is being published in January 2012 by Putnam, a division of Penguin Publishing.

But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he's co-produced with his wife Robin, their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari, and their grandchildren Zachary and Alexis.

For more information about Alan Zweibel, please visit his website.

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