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Subtitled "Gilda Radner: A Sort of Love Story," this autobiographical play tries to recapture the non-sexual, but deeply felt relationship between Radner, one of Saturday Night Live's original Not Ready-for-Prime-Time players, and Alan Zweibel, who was a writer for the show. Alternately comic and heartbreaking, the play follows these two overgrown kids as they ride their bumper-car lives right up to Radner's death from ovarian cancer. Their loyalty and love glows through every scene. The book is illustrated with photos of Radner from Zweibel's personal albums. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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As a writer for the original Saturday Night Live , Zweibel formed a fast friendship with comedienne Gilda Radner. This simple and sensitive memoir is based on their curious bond, a relationship that was always emotional but never physical. The friendship contained in the conversations recounted here spans Knicks games, cocaine problems, affairs begun and ended, spouses and children born. Throughout these passages, including his account of Radner's fatal bout with cancer, Zweibel sustains a levity that conveys the love that he and Radner had. Literary Guild selection.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (August 23, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679430857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679430858
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An original "Saturday Night Live" writer who the New York Times says has "earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture," 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), "Monk," "PBS's Great Performances," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

A frequent guest on 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.

Other books by Alan are the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel "The Other Shulman", the popular children's book "Our Tree Named Steve", "North", a collection of short stories and essays titled "Clothing Optional, and the novel "Lunatics" that he co-wrote with Dave Barry.

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 two best selling e-books titled "From My Bottom Drawer: Vols. I and II".

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 an executive producer on Showtime's documentary series "Inside Comedy" starring David Steinberg, is writing and producing a pilot for IFC, is awaiting publication of a forthcoming middle grade novel titled "Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My Ass" (Hyperion) that he co-wrote with Adam Mansbach, and is writing the book for a Broadway musical version of "Field of Dreams.

And in addition to the late night talk shows, on the TV screen he's also appeared in episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Law & Order".

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 and Kylie.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ericalynn Gruenberg on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Alan Zweibel's account of his friendship with the late Gilda Radner is astounding, and is described beautifully in this touching book. I was hooked from the very first page, and would lovingly recommend it to anyone.
Using such a marvelous display of friendship and affection, Zweibel reminisces about the very early stages of their friendship all the way until her untimely death in 1989. Illustrations also accompany the pages, and add even more character to an already fantastic story.
To those who remember Gilda, this book will serve as a gentle reminder of the struggle friends encounter when a friend battles disease. To those who do not, this book also gives insight into two very wonderful people whos friendship will never die- the talented Gilda, and her writer and best friend Alan Zweibel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Allen on March 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book detailing the late Gilda Radner's relationship with her close friend Alan Zwiebel. This book had me alternately laughing and crying. A great tribute to a great woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kourtney on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
A few months ago my composition teacher assigned me a 12-20 page paper about one, Gilda Radner. When she did this I had no idea who she was. Never heard of her, and couldn't pick her out of a crowd if you paid me.
I got this book (bunny bunny) from the library and loved it. It helped me greatly with me paper and presentation. It helped me to understand her, her relationship with Zweibel. I am now waiting for my zweibel.
I recemend this to anyone, it is entertaining and moving. I cried during half of it and laughed during the other half. It is grand!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn on October 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been a loyal, devoted fan of Radner's since I was about 8 years old - right before she died. I was overjoyed when this new view of her life from someone so close to her came out. Just reading the overwhelming reviews on the jacket - most from celebrities close to Radner and Zwiebel - is enough to move one to tears. The book is poignant, funny, touching, and moving. Fan or no, a valuable read just for the intense friendship between the two.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on January 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
In 1975 a writer Alan Zweibel and a comedienne named Gilda Radner meet while working at Saturday Night Live. In this poignant yet very funny book, the author pays homage to a woman he worked with for over 14 years and with whom he had sort of a love story.

Using recreated dialogues between Gilda and himself, Mr. Zweibel recounts their first meeting on the set of Saturday Night Live when Gilda asks him if he will write a scene for her where she is a parakeet. From this opening story we then see their friendship forged as they work together, vacation together, get mad at one another and finally comfort one another over various events in their lives. Mr. Zweibel captures the essence of two young people in crazy business on the brink of great success beautifully and we revel in their friendship. There are so many wonderful moments I will remember like when Gilda talks about her fame and Alan is overjoyed when he gets a credit card and gets another one to pay off the first one. The when we read from the night when John Lennon dies outside of Gilda's apartment house to asking Alan to meet her new love, Gene Wilder. And as we are laughing all too soon our joy turns to sorrow as Gilda is diagnosed with ovarian cancer ending her life too shortly at 39.

This is a wonderful love story about two people who meet and fall in love even if isn't the same kind of conventional love story you might have expected.

Read this book - you'll laugh, you'll cry and end the book

Wishing we still had this talented woman still among us and especially that our sort of love story with Gilda went on forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Weber on July 3, 2013
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This book is just so amazing. yes he wrote it as a play. The story keeps you reading and true to life. She was an amazing human being. He's an amazing writter. This isn't HER autobio it's his story about his relationship with Gilda.

I LOVE this book!

No Hollywood fluff, real life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph on June 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are a fan of Gilda Radner's, then Bunny Bunny is the best book ever! The way that Alan Zweibel wrote about Gilda is so inspirational that you'll be saying Bunny Bunny as well! We all remember and love Gilda Radner and this book definitely allows her legacy to live on!
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Format: Kindle Edition
We all love Gilda. How could you not? This play, somehow, makes us love her even more. It lets us into her world and see her insecurities as told by loyal companion Alan Zweibel. The treasure of the play is that every scene, even the ones written about Gilda and Alan's fights, are full of love for Gilda. You never fail to grasp how much Alan cared for her and we can't help but to care for her, too. Alan may not be the best playwright and some of the scenes certainly are underwhelming, but when there is so much admiration imbued in the words, there's no choice. This play is going to make you laugh your face off and cry your eyes out. When we performed it (With myself as the supporting characters) we had people crying in our lobby at the close of the show. Performing the play gives wonderful opportunities to actors. The chance to play Gilda is rare and completely enriching for an actress. Alan gives an actor a wonderful chance to control an evening and illustrate love and compassion. And for the actor(s) playing the support roles, you get full reign to unleash everything in your comedy arsenal and play handfuls of different characters. The best part about Bunny, Bunny is that even if you're not a theatre person and you NEVER intend on watching this play, directing it, acting in it, etc. you will still find this play well worth the read for its nostalgia, love, and beauty. It'll have you saying "Bunny, bunny" on the first of every month, too.

PS As an additional bonus, Alan Zweibel is completely approachable and friendly. Read the play and send him an e-mail. He'll probably answer and it will be him, not some cookie cutter response from a publicist. He's such a kind soul.
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