An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created and produced), The Late Show With David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays; Martin Short’s Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me; and six off-Broadway plays including, Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy which he adapted from his best-selling book.
All told, Alan has written 11 books including: the 2006 Thurber Prize-winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve, the novel Lunatics that he co-wrote with Dave Barry and most recently a parody of the Haggadah titled For This We Left Egypt?, which he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach.
Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times’ Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD magazine. He has also penned a bestselling e-book titled From My Bottom Drawer.
The co-writer of the screenplays for the films Dragnet (1987), North (1994) and The Story of Us (1999), Alan has received an honorary PhD from the State University of New York. Because of the diversity of his body and work, the Writers Guild of America East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
In addition to the talk shows, Alan’s also appeared in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order. He can currently be seen in the documentary The Last Laugh about humor and the Holocaust; Judd Apatow’s Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling on HBO, as well as Gilbert about the life of Gilbert Gottfried. Most recently, he and his wife Robin executive produced a documentary titled Love, Gilda that had very successful runs in theaters and on CNN.
Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny for a return to the New York stage and is writing a cultural memoir titled Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier for Abrams Books, and he is adapting his novel The Other Shulman as a TV series for Sony.