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Pamela Benson -'76
Charles Baxter -'74
Seymour Gitin -'56
Alan Zweibel -'72
Dave Dealney -'77
Jackie Felix -'81
James O. Horton -'64


Alan Zweibel, B.A. 1972

Alan Zweibel, B.A. 1972, recently appeared on the NBC weekend Today show to talk about his play, Bunny Bunny, which opened March 23 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City.

A celebrated writer for television best known for his involvement in Saturday Night Live, Zweibel adapted the play from his memoir of his friendship with the late Gilda Radner. In the Today interview, he talked about their enduring mutual regard and ability to support one another through romantic foibles and, later, her struggle with ovarian cancer.

A native of Brooklyn, Zweibel began to hone his writing skills while still a UB English and psychology student, selling jokes to The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett Show. Following several years of writing material for other comedians and performing on the New York City improvisational circuit, he was hired as an apprentice writer on Saturday Night Live, rising to cowriter and, ultimately, head writer.

Winner of the university's 1978 George W. Thorn Award for outstanding achievement by an alumnus under the age of forty, Zweibel was producer and cocreator of It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Canterberrys' Tales. His other plays, Between Cars and Comic Dialogue, enjoyed critically acclaimed off-Broadway runs; his fiction has appeared in publications as different as Mad magazine and The Atlantic. He coauthored the screenplay for Rob Reiner's film, North, adapted from Zweibel's novel of the same name.

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