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Alan Zweibel Discusses "Laugh Lines" And New Movie "Here Today"

Movie poster for "Here Today" and book cover for "Laugh Lines"

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,” Zweibel went on to have a hand in a series of landmark shows—from “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

In his new book, “Laugh Lines,” Zweibel weaves together the stories of his influential career, from writing for a generation of Jackies and Mortys and Dickies to meeting Gilda while hiding behind a potted plant.

Alan’s latest film collaboration, “Here Today,” starring Billy Crystal & Tiffany Haddish will be in theaters on May 7th. Alan is the co-producer, the screenplay for “Here Today” was co-written by Crystal and Zweibel, inspired by Zweibel’s short story entitled “The Prize.”

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