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Laugh Lines: My Life Help­ing Fun­ny Peo­ple Be Funnier

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2019

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, which stars Crys­tal and Tiffany Had­dish. Laugh Lines is a warm­heart­ed cul­tur­al mem­oir of Amer­i­can comedy.

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