Alan ZweibelAlan Zweibel is a producer and writer on such productions as Saturday Night Live, PBS' Great Performances, and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
Born in Brooklyn, Zweibel grew up on Long Island in the New York City suburbs of Wantagh and Woodmere. He graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 1968 and The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 1972.
He co-wrote the movie Dragnet and articles for magazines such as Mad, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Esquire. He has written several books including North (which became a movie), Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner â€“ A Sort of Love Story (about to become a feature film for HBO films), the childrenâ€™s book Our Tree Named Steve and the novel The Other Shulman.
His work has also appeared on Broadway or Off Broadway. His collaboration with Billy Crystal, 700 Sundays, won a Tony Award. Between Cars, Comic Dialogue, Happy and Bunny Bunny were all produced Off Broadway.
On SNL, he helped to create the characters of Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella, both played by Gilda Radner. In fact, on Weekend Update, Radner read letters from Richard Feder who in real life is Zweibel's brother-in-law and does in fact live in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Zweibel was a feature player on Saturday Night Live for its fifth season (1979-1980 season). His celebrity impersonations include Roger Smith, Marlon Brando (as his Colonel Kurtz character from Apocalypse Now), and Gary Morton.