Thursday, May 21 at 7pm (EST) 

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 stand-ups. 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 numerous landmark seriesfrom It’s Garry Shandling’s Show to The Late Show with David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm, winning multiple Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards along the way. 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.

Laugh Lines, Zweibel’s memoir, takes readers through his long career in the comedy-writing business and charts the story of and changes in what made America laugh over the decades. Throughout the pages of Laugh Lines, Zweibel weaves together his own stories and interviews with his friends and contemporaries including Larry David, Richard Lewis, Eric Idle, Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, Susie Essman, Dave Barry, Rob Reiner and more. The book also features a foreword from Crystal, with whom he cowrote and coproduced the upcoming film Here Today that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.

The virtual visit will be moderated by local Indianapolis comedian Isaac Landfert, who has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and is currently a house performer at Indianapolis’ White Rabbit Cabaret.

This event is held in partnership with the JCC of Indianapolis, the Alper JCC of Miami, and the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston.

Click here to watch Alan's appearance on GOOD DAY ROCHESTER!

Books are available form Barnes & Noble, RJBF's bookstore partner.
Click here to buy Laugh Lines


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