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Larry Gelbart (b. February 25, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a prolific comedy writer with over 50 years of credits. February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States and the largest inland city in the country. ... Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. ...

He began as a writer for Danny Thomas radio show during 1940s, and wrote for Martin and Lewis and Bob Hope. On 1950s television he worked for Sid Caesar, along with other gifted comedy writers Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner. Danny Thomas (January 6, 1914 - February 6, 1991) was an American television and film actor of Lebanese descent. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were dominated by World War II, the most destructive armed conflict in history. ... Leslie Townes Hope KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), best known as Bob Hope, was a famous entertainer, having appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, movies and in army concerts. ... Sid Caesar (born Isaac Sidney Caesar on September 8, 1922) is an Emmy-winning comic actor and writer, best known as the leading man on the 1950s television sketch comedy series Your Show of Shows. ... Woody Allen (born December 1, 1935), is an American short story writer, screenwriter, and film director whose large body of work and cerebral style have made him one of the most widely respected and prolific filmmakers in the modern era. ... Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is an American playwright and screenwriter. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, writer director, and theatrical producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and parodies. ... Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, movie director, producer, writer and comedian. ...

He wrote the long-running Broadway farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Burt Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim in 1962, and collaborated with Shevelove on a series of UK movie comedies during the rest of 1960s. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Definition A farce is a comedy written for the stage, or a film, which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely and extravagant - yet often possible - situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include puns and sexual innuendo, and a fast... A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. ... Burt Shevelove (1915 - 8 April 1981) was an American musical theater writer, lyricist, librettist, and director. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American musical theater lyricist and composer. ...

In 1972 he returned to the United States to produce and write many episodes of the TV version of the novel/movie M*A*S*H. M*A*S*H is a 1970 satirical American dark comedy film directed by Robert Altman, based extremely loosely on the novel written by Richard Hooker. ...

He also wrote the screenplays to Oh, God! and Movie Movie, and in 1982 co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Tootsie. A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Oh God! is a 1977 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner based on a novel by Avery Corman. ... Tootsie is a 1982 comedy film that opens on Friday, December 17, which tells the story of an actor who cant get roles, until he dresses like a woman and becomes the star of a soap opera. ...

Gelbart's other Broadway credits include City of Angels (musical) and the Iran-contra satire Mastergate; in the early 1960s, he uttered the now-classic line, "If Hitler is alive, I hope he's out of town with a musical." TV credits include cable TV-movie Barbarians at the Gate. Wrote memoirs, Laughing Matters, in 1997. The City of Angels Broadway Playbill, courtesy of broadwayman. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ... Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889–April 30, 1945) was the Chancellor of Germany from 1933, and Führer und Reichskanzler (Leader and chancellor) of Germany from 1934, to his death. ...

Gelbart is sometimes known as Francis Burns in the credits. In the original German, his last name means "yellow beard."

Since May 2005 he's been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... The Huffington Post (often shortened to HuffPost) is a left-leaning political group weblog founded by Arianna Huffington. ...


Larry Gelbart frequently posts on M*A*S*H newsgroups, and is contactable at "elsig at aol dot com".

External link

  • Internet Movie Database entry

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Gelbart, Larry (807 words)
Gelbart has written for radio and television, as well as the script for the stage play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Gelbart was leery about returning to American television, but became interested when he learned that CBS was willing to allow the series to realistically depict the horrors of war.
Gelbart provided numerous innovations to an idea which had already made for a best-selling novel and box office hit.
Larry Gelbart (183 words)
Larry Gelbart (1928 -) is a prolific comedy writer with over 50 years of credits.
He began as a writer for Danny Thomas[?] radio show during 1940s, and wrote for Martin and Lewis and Bob Hope.
Broadway credits include libretto for musical City of Angels and Iran-contra satire Mastergate; in the early 1960s, uttered the now-classic line, "If Hitler is alive, I hope he's out of town with a musical." TV credits include cable TV-movie Barbarians at the Gate.
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