GALA CHAIRMAN

  JOSEPH KLAYNBERG   Founder & CEO, Wonder Works Honorary Chairman

JOSEPH KLAYNBERG

Founder & CEO, Wonder Works Honorary Chairman

  DAVID BERLEY   CEO, Walter Samuel Samuels, Founding Patron

DAVID BERLEY

CEO, Walter Samuel Samuels, Founding Patron

  MITCH MODELL   CEO, Modell's Sporting Goods

MITCH MODELL

CEO, Modell's Sporting Goods

  JASON RABIN   President North America Global Brands Group

JASON RABIN

President North America
Global Brands Group

HONORING

Alan Zweibel

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An original “Saturday Night Live” writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics 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”.

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 the off-Broadway play  “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” which he adapted from his best-selling book.

All told, Alan has written eleven books including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman”, the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve”, the novel “Lunatics” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry, and most recently a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” which he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach.

Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, 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 the films “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 or work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently preparing  “Bunny Bunny” for a return to the New York stage, is writing a cultural memoir titled “Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier” for Abrams Books, and is developing a limited TV series based on his novel “The Other Shulman” for Sony television.  

On the TV screen, he’s also appeared in episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order”, and can currently be seen on the big screen in the documentary “The Last Laugh” about humor and the Holocaust; as well as “Gilbert” about the life of Gilbert Gottfried.

But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he’s co-produced with his wife Robin; their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari; and their grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Jordan, Kylie and Sydney.