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Alan Zweibel

  • American producer
  • Born May 20, 1950

Alan Zweibel (born May 20, 1950) is an American producer and writer who has worked on such productions as Saturday Night Live, PBS' Great Performances, and It's Garry Shandling's Show.


I write. This is what I do. My job is to sit down with my vocabulary, select words, and decide what order they should be placed in an attempt to keep someone's attention and perhaps provide them with a laugh or two along the way.




I am not an actor. Yes, every so often I appear on talk shows to promote something I've written, and I enjoy doing so because I have a lot of stories to tell, and I like making audiences laugh. But that's not acting. That's just me being me.




It's an intangible thing, this thing we call talent, especially if we're in a position to teach and mentor others.




Whether it's an innate ability or an acquired way of regarding the world around us, being labeled as funny can only be accepted as a compliment.




I've had a bris, was Bar Mitzvahed and, on occasion, have referred to a temple as a shul. I've never denied it, nor have I disguised it. I am, indeed, a Jew.




I've been very lucky. I've written for most of my idols and the contemporaries.




I wasn't a class clown, I just found at an early age that I was able to make people laugh. So I mostly wrote funny stuff instead of writing what I was supposed to be writing.




I haven't written a brochure yet. It's killing me. I know I have a brochure or pamphlet in me yet.




I've been writing for people long enough to know that it has got to feel comfortable coming out of their mouths, especially when you're doing something that is first person and is so near and dear to you.




Writers are born, not made. We can hone the craft. We need to try to encourage someone and make a dialogue, suggesting ways to do something differently or how to improve.




My job is to put words together and tell a story. If that doesn't work for you, it's not a war crime.




I experimented with my own one-man show a couple of years ago in Aspen when HBO used to have their comedy festival there. I called it 'A History of Me.'



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