Alan Zweibel is a producer and writer. He has worked on such productions as Saturday Night Live, PBS' Great Performances, and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
In this episode, Samantha Cassetty talk about her new book "Sugar Shock, 100+Healthy Swaps to Cut Back and Create A Healthier Lifestyle". Dr. David Tolin talks about the latest season of "Hoarders". Dr. Ian Smith talks about his overtaking the hosting duties on an all-new "The Doctors", which premieres September 21. Ashleigh Banfield talks about the upcoming episodes of "Judgement with Ashleigh Banfield". Alan Zweibel shares some of his stories from writing and doing stand up comedy. Loni Love talks about her latest book "I Tried To Change So You Don’t Have To". Lisa Whelchel talks about her series on MeTV "Collector's Call". --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
If you like this show and would like to support it for as little as $5 a month, go to and become a Max Fun Member! You'll earn great gifts, including special bonus episodes of The JV Club.This week JV is super honored to interview one of her comedy heroes, the wonderful, humble and hilarious Alan Zweibel (“Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier”), who was a writer on the first (and subsequent) seasons of "Saturday Night Live," co-creator of “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” co-writer of “700 Sundays” with Billy Crystal, and much more! 
Alan Zweibel is one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live, the co-creator and producer of It's Garry Shandling's Show, and a consulting producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm among many other credits. Alan is also a playwright whose theatrical works include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning 700 Sundays and Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story. He is the author of numerous books including Lunatics (co-authored with Dave Barry), and The Other Shulman (for which he won the Thurber Prize for American Humor). His new book Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier is available as an audio book later this month. Alan's next film project is a screenplay he co-authored with Billy Crystal, Here Today, which Crystal is directing and will star Tiffany Haddish. During this podcast, Alan discusses his career as a writer and reveals what it was like to work on SNL in the show's first years including with Gilda Radner with whom he was in love. He talks about why he and Garry Shandling stopped speaking for years after the end of their collaboration, and he also takes us inside his longtime friendship and collaboration with Billy Crystal.
Alan Zweibel, one of the original writers on Saturday Night Live, and legendary television producer Norman Lear join CBS News' Dr. Jon LaPook to discuss what they learned from setbacks in their own careers. Zweibel is out with a new memoir called "Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier." He and Lear discuss the roll of comedy when dealing with difficult situations — and how this outlook can help people cope amid the coronavirus pandemic. Kate Lear, Norman's daughter (who also happens to be Dr. LaPook's wife), shares the philosophies her father adopted after his less successful moments in show business.
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May 20th, 1950
Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
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17 hours, 25 minutes
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