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Episode 30
Neil Simon & Terrence McNally

One of America’s most popular and prolific playwrights, Neil Simon, joins Council member Terrence McNally for a conversation about comedy writing. Simon, the award-winning playwright of works such as The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Lost in Yonkers, discusses the difference between writing characters and writing jokes.

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Playwright, Screenwriter

Neil Simon is a multi award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose works include The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Sweet Charity, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Goodbye Girl. His work for theatre, film and television have received numerous awards including multiple Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards as well as The Distinguished Achievement Award in the American Theater from the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Pulitzer Prize.

Works Include: Come Blow Your Horn (1961); The Odd Couple (1965); Sweet Charity (1966); Plaza Suite (1968); The Out of Towners (1970); Promises, Promises (1968); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971); Chapter Two (1977); Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983); Biloxi Blues (1985); Broadway Bound(1986); Lost in Yonkers (1991); The Goodbye Girl (1993); Laughter on the 23rd Floor (1993); London Suite (1995); Proposals (1997); The Dinner Party (2000); 45 Seconds from Broadway (2001); Rose's Dilemma (2003); Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple (2004).