As a result of the jokes Allen mailed to various writers, he was invited, then age 19, to join the NBC Writer's Development Program in 1955, followed by a job on The NBC Comedy Hour in Los Angeles.
People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck.
It's scary to think so much is out of one's control. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you're getting this down.
There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net and for a split second it can either go forward or fall back.
is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, comedian, and musician whose career spans more than six decades.
His contemporaries during those years included Lenny Bruce, Shelley Berman, the team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, and Mort Sahl, his personal favorite.
Comedy historian Gerald Nachman notes that Allen, while not the first to do stand-up, would eventually have greater impact than all the others in the 1960s, and would redefine the meaning of stand-up comedy: "He helped turn it into biting, brutally honest satirical commentary on the cultural and psychological tenor of the times." After Allen was taken under the wing of his new manager, Jack Rollins, who had recently discovered Nichols and May, Rollins suggested he perform his written jokes as a stand-up.
And although he was described as a "classic nebbish", he did not tell Jewish jokes.
Comedy screenwriter Larry Gelbart compared Allen's style to Elaine May: "He just styled himself completely after her," he said.
His daily writing routine could go as long as fifteen hours, and he could focus and write anywhere necessary.
Dick Cavett was amazed at Allen's capacity to write: "He can go to a typewriter after breakfast and sit there until the sun sets and his head is pounding, interrupting work only for coffee and a brief walk, and then spend the whole evening working." When Allen wrote for other comedians, they would use eight out of ten of his jokes.
While attending Hebrew school for eight years, he went to Public School 99 (now the Isaac Asimov School for Science and Literature) After high school, he attended New York University, studying communication and film in 1953, before dropping out after failing the course "Motion Picture Production".