Laugh Lines

My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier



ISBN: 9781419735288 Category:

Alan Zweibel


With his tender, funny memoir of four decades in the business, Alan Zweibel traces the history of American comedy 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. In Laugh Lines, Zweibel takes readers through his 40-year career in the comedy-writing business and charts the story of American comedy over the decades. From when the Catskills were a breeding ground for talented comedians, through the era of vanguard New York City comedy clubs that spawned a new wave of original voices, Zweibel covers comedy variety television, prestige cable, the Broadway stage, and the streaming world today. He weaves together his own stories and interviews with his friends and collaborators, including Billy Crystal, Larry David, Martin Short, Dave Barry, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, John Mulaney, and Steve Martin. Laugh Lines is a warmhearted cultural memoir of American comedy.

Additional information

Weight 482 g
Dimensions 16.1 x 23.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 May 2020
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Billy Crystal
Dimensions 16.1 x 23.6 cm
Weight 482 g


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Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer who 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.

Billy Crystal is an American actor, voice artist, comedian, writer, producer, director and television host. He has received many awards for his work, including six Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. He gained prominence as a comedian in the 1970s and 80s in part because of his work on Saturday Night Live.