Join Teresa L. Thome and Patrick W. Ziegler founders of Fubble Entertainment as they engage guest Alan Zweibel, former writing partner of Gilda Radner and a Multiple Emmy and Thurber prize winning writer, in a lively discussion!
Teresa is co-founder and Managing Partner of Michigan-based Fubble Entertainment. She is a writer, producer, director and performer. Her Solo Performance Show, “Warm Cheese” (performed twice at LaughFest) won BEST SCRIPT at United Solo (NY,NY:2019). She is a two-time Emmy Award winner for the children’s show “Come On Over” where she served as an Executive Producer and for her Co-written/co-produced Web Series, “Backstage Drama.” She is producer/co-host of the highly-rated television special, “Holiday Memories of Grand Rapids” which aired five years consecutively on the NBC and ABC affiliates in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She recently co-wrote and co-produced, as well as appeared in a reading of “The Santa Hat” starring, Tony award winner, Levi Kreis, Ed Asner and Lucie Arnaz. Teresa was an Associate Producer for Semi-Cool Productions’ musical “The Trump Family Special” playing in Los Angeles and New York. Previous projects include serving as an Executive Producer of an animated pilot with the late great Joan Rivers. She co-produced/co-wrote a staged reading of a sitcom “I’ve Got A Life In Kalamazoo” featuring Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Up) and Marion Ross (Happy Days). Teresa also served as a co-creative producer/writer for LaughFest’s signature events with such notables as Betty White, Martin Short, Alan Zweibel and Kevin Nealon. She ran the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum as its first Executive Director for 10 years, is a published writer, Pecha Kucha storyteller and web series host/producer/writer: The Red-Headed Chats on YouTube. Her MOTH style performance of “The Proposal” was featured on the San Francisco Podcast of “Chew on This”.
He as Executive Producer with Enthusiastic Productions, producing the Children’s Television show “Come On Over!”, “Noodle and Doodle” for NBC Universal Sprout and a children’s music animation pilot “Music AL”, with Four Boys Entertainment (Patricia Heaton and David Hunt.)
In 2010 he formed Fubble Entertainment with my Enthusiastic Productions producing partner Teresa Thome. They served as Creative Executive Producers for LaughFest where we wrote and produced the creative portion of “An Evening with Betty White”, “aLive from Grand Rapids, It’s Saturday Night”, with Martin Short, Alan Zweibel and Kevin Nealon. As well as worked with in subsequent years, Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Jay Leno and a host of other A-List comedians.
Fubble currently holds in development a holiday movies, “The Santa Hat”. In December 2020 Fubble assembled a stellar cast including Emmy & Golden Globe Winner Ed Asner, Emmy Award Winner Lucie Arnaz, Tony Award Winner Levi Kreis and a host of other national, regional and local (to Grand Rapids, Michigan) to present “The Santa Hat” as a fundraiser exclusively on Broadway on Demand. All proceeds from this event were divided equally and donated to: The Ed Asner Family Center, The Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund housed at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation , The Actors Fund and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Visit www.TheSantaHat.com to learn more about the project.
In March of 2020 Fubble, during the shut down, created Fubble Time. An online talk show connecting with people in the creative arts talking about their careers and how they are staying creative in these unprecedented times.
An original “Saturday Night Live” writer, Alan has won five Emmy 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 six off-Broadway plays including “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”, and a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” that he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach.
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, his cultural memoir titled “Laugh Lines – My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier” was recently published by Abrams Books and a movie he co-wrote with Billy Crystal titled “Here Today” that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish will be released later this year.