Laugh lines : my life helping funny people be funnier : a cultural memoir

Published 2020
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"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, Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, Dave Barry, Carl Reiner, and more. The book also features a charming foreword from his friend of forty-five years Billy Crystal, with whom he co-wrote and co-produced the upcoming film Here Today that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. Laugh Lines is a warmhearted cultural memoir of American comedy." -- Amazon.

xviii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Billy Crystal
The Catskills comics (writing for the wrong people)
The club year (a large Jew sweating)
Saturday Night Live (the early part of the early years)
Saturday Night Live (the later part of the early years)
Former SNL writer (looking for new voices)
Lightning strikes again (It's Garry Shandling's Show)
Good sports (writing for the wrong people... again)
Crashing and burning in another genre (north goes south)
Bunny bunny (even in death, Gilda saves my ass)
700 Sundays (Billy Crystal and the rise of the one-man show)
Unfinished business (saying goodbye to Garry)
Another kind of collaboration (Dave Barry and others who spend their days alone)
Giant shadows (lessons from heroes)
In progress (here today).
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