Alan Zweibel to Speak at UB on Oct. 4

Release Date: September 21, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Department of Media Study in the University at Buffalo's College of Arts and Sciences will host a visit by Alan Zweibel, a UB alumnus and one of the original writers for "Saturday Night Live," on Oct. 4.

Zweibel will discuss his career in show business from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Screening Room, Room 112, in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

The event will be free and open to the public.

A 1972 graduate of UB, Zweibel began his career by writing one-liners that he sold for $7 apiece to Catskill comedians. He was discovered by Lorne Michaels, who gave him a job as one of the original writers of "Saturday Night Live."

Since then, he has won five Emmy, six Ace and two Writer's Guild awards for his work in television, which also includes "Great Performances" on PBS and "It's Garry Shandling's Show," which he co-created and produced.

His plays, "Between Cars," Comic Dialogue" and "Bunny Bunny," all enjoyed critically acclaimed off-Broadway runs, and his fiction has appeared in such diverse publications as Mad magazine, The New Yorker and The Atlantic.

Zweibel's feature film credits include "Dragnet," which he co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd; Rob Reiner's "North," which he adapted from his own novel, and "The Story of Us," which he co-wrote and produced.

Currently, he is adapting his best-selling book, "Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner -- A Sort of Love Story," into a feature film for Warner Brothers. He also is writing a feature film, "Teddy," for Miramax and creating a television series for Jon Lovitz.

His children's book, "A Tree Named Steve," which he wrote and illustrated, will be published next fall.

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