Larry Gelbart, the writer-producer with a resume that stretches from the heyday of radio to Broadway to Emmy-winning HBO telepics, has been tapped to receive the Kieser Award from the Humanitas org at its 33rd annual awards lunch to be held June 26.
Nod is named after the late Humanitas founder Father Ellwood “Bud” Kieser, who launched the Humanitas Prize in 1974 in an effort to recognize film and TV projects that aim high in efforts to shed light on the human condition. Past recipients of the laurel include HBO Films president Colin Callender, scribes Fay Kanin and Frank Pierson and newsman Bill Moyers.
Gelbart is a showbiz stalwart who was among the Hall of Fame scribes who populated Sid Caesar’s writers room in the 1950s. He earned a Tony for the 1962 Stephen Sondheim hit “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” TV credits range from “Caesar’s Hour” and “MASH” to HBO pics “Barbarians at the Gate” and “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.” Gelbart penned features include the Oscar-nommed “Oh, God!” and “Tootsie.”
Gelbart “has earned a reputation for creating classic and thought-provoking stories filled with layered, complex characters. He is known as a passionate advocate for writers,” said Humanitas exec director Cathleen Young.