Writers to give comedy vet lifetime achievement award

The Writers Guild of America East has tapped comedy vet Alan Zweibel as recipient of its Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing.

Zweibel will receive the kudo at the 62nd annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at New York City’s Hudson Theatre.

Zweibel is one of the original writers for “Saturday Night Live” and has won multiple Emmy, WGA and TV Critics awards. His recent credits include “Monk” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He was co-creator and exec producer of Showtime’s “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.”

On the feature side, Zweibel co-wrote the screenplays for “Dragnet,” “North” and “The Story of Us.” He authored the children’s book, “Our Tree Named Steve” and the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel, “The Other Shulman.”

Zweibel also adapted his memoir, “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Love Story” into a play. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on “700 Sundays” and with Martin Short on “Fame Becomes Me.”

He’s currently creating a TV series with Susie Essman and has written a new children’s book titled “A Babe For Abe” and a play titled “Sunday Nights at 8:00″ that will be directed by Jerry Zaks.

“His eclectic career and comic grasp of life have delighted audiences for more than three decades,” said WGA East prexy Michael Winship.

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