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Alan’s latest book is a tender, funny memoir of four decades in the business — beginning with selling jokes for seven dollars apiece to the last of the Borscht Belt standups to becoming 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 that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. Laugh Lines is a warmhearted cultural memoir of American comedy. IN PRINT  AUDIO BOOK

 Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier – Alan Zweibel, Abrams Books

“Comics and comedy fans alike will delight in this hilarious and self-deprecating memoir.”  — Publisher’s Weekly


Alan Zweibel, Dave Barry, and Adam Mansbach dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries in A Field Guide to the Jewish People  (and only two out of three are Jewish)


Written with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach, this is a parody of the Haggadah called For This We Left Egypt?

This is no ordinary Haggadah.

If you’ve ever suffered through a Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can last as long as the exodus from Egypt itself.  There are countless stories, dozens of blessings, and far too many hand washings while the meal turns cold. Now be prepared for a new version.       


Dear Mr. Franklin,      

First of all, let me just say that this Assignment is Stupid. You are Dead.

Why am I writing a letter to Some dead guy I’ve never even met?

This is the start to a most unlikely pen pal relationship between thirteen-year-old Franklin Isaac Saturday (Ike) and Benjamin Franklin (get the book to continue reading!)


In this hilarious sequel to Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My . . . , Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel take Ike and B-Freezy’s antics to the next level as this ill-paired (and sometimes actually ill) duo hold the future of the world in their not-so-capable hands. 

 


One of them is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of . . . Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots as you read Lunatics!

“Putting Barry and Zweibel in close proximity is sort of like juggling torches while walking a wire over a vat of kerosene; sooner or later, there’s gonna be a big, big bang. A rocket-fueled romp whose pages practically turn themselves.”—BookPage

“The aptly titled Lunatics delivers exactly what one would expect from two award-winning humorists: an outrageously funny, irreverent, over-the-top comic mystery. How funny is Lunatics? It’s the sort of book that inspires snorts, may make you spit out your soda and burst into hysterical laughter in public.”—The Miami Herald

“A screwball comedy of errors and a rare political satire. Barry and Zweibel bring us what we need: comic relief.”—The Boston Globe


The Other Shulman is the 2006 Winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor

“At once a biting satire on misplaced priorities and a comedy routine live from New York, Shulman’s monologue in motion never hesitates to ask the big questions–questions like ‘Was this bridge always this steep?'”—Jennifer Baker


“Humor writer, author, playwright. But enough about me. Alan Zweibel’s book made me laugh outloud!” —Steve Martin

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Saturday Night Live writing alum and Thurber Prize winner Zweibel (The Other Shulman) returns with Clothing Optional, a collection of essays, short stories and ephemera that should solidify his place among American satirists.



Dear Kids,

A long time ago, when you were little, Mom and I took you to where we wanted to build a house. . . . I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn’t stop staring at. . . . OurTree Named Steve


Alternately comic and heartbreaking, Bunny Bunny: A Sort of Love Story follows Alan and Gilda Radner from SNL through their bumper-car lives right up to her death from ovarian cancer. Their loyalty and love glows through every scene as Alan pays tribute to the late comedienne, capturing their extraordinary relationship from their first hilarious encounter to her tragic death from cancer.



North is a nine-year-old boy who declares himself a free agent and travels the world in search for the perfect parents, but they all seem to have flaws.