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Alan Zweibel, Original Saturday Night Live Writer, Screenwriter & Best-Selling Author to Keynote ContentTECH Summit 2020

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We’re so thrilled to announce Alan Zweibel will be the closing keynote at ContentTECH Summit on August 12, 2020.


The early days of Saturday Night Live were undoubtedly the funniest years of the show, also containing some of the best and most iconic comedy writing ever, thanks in part to Alan Zweibel. As one of the original writers for SNL hired by Lorne Michaels, Zweibel brought to life some of our favorite characters, Roseanne Rosannadanna and Emily Litella, both portrayed by Gilda Radner, and sketches, including Samurai with John Belushi.

Alan has won multiple Emmy and Writers Guild awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created and produced), The Late Show with David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Zweibel’s career success has transcended television to film, theater, and literature.

A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me, and six off-Broadway plays including Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his best-selling book.

Alan has written 11 books, including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve; the novel Lunatics, which he co-wrote with Dave Barry; and a parody of the Haggadah titled For This We Left Egypt?, which he wrote with Barry and Adam Mansbach. Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best-selling e-book titled From My Bottom Drawer.

The co-writer of the screenplays for Dragnet, North, and The Story of Us, Alan has received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and, because of the diversity of his body of work, the Writers Guild of America East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In addition to the talk shows, Alan also appeared in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order. He can be seen in the documentary The Last Laugh, about humor and the Holocaust; Judd Apatow’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling on HBO; Gilbert,about the life of Gilbert Gottfried; and the Emmy-nominated CNN documentary he executive produced with his wife Robin, titled Love, Gilda.

Alan is currently preparing Bunny Bunny for a return to the New York stage. His cultural memoir entitled Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funner was recently published by Abrams Books, and a movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal called Here Today that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish will be released later this year.


One of the most important elements of our keynotes at CMI events, including ContentTECH Summit and Content Marketing World, is finding exciting and talented names in the media world, but also those who understand the content and marketing-driven world our community lives in every day – the customer-facing side and the behind-the-scenes side.

Alan Zweibel has had an incredible career in writing sketches, screenplays, and books, but has also been on the production and acting side of things, and has done film, TV and theater.

Being connected to some of the biggest names in Hollywood and NYC, Zweibel brings an exciting perspective to our event where he’ll discuss storytelling and creativity with our attendees. His closing keynote will be followed by a short Q&A, so start thinking of your questions now.


Visit Alan’s Work and Awards page on his website – it’s loaded with all the links you’ll to help you learn about all the amazing work he has done, and the awards he has received.

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