Larry Siegel is a writer who has worked in television, stage, magazines, records, and books. He has received three Emmys and one Writers Guild award along with a dozen Emmy and Guild nominations.
Early life [ edit ]
Siegel was born in
New York City in 1925. His first published work was a poem, Oh Dear What Can Sinatra Be?, which ran in Earl Wilson's syndicated newspaper column in 1943. Siegel was drafted into the army soon afterwards.
In early 1944, after concluding
infantry basic training in Georgia, he volunteered for additional stateside training with the 10th Mountain Division. The 10th landed in Naples, Italy for battle in January 1945. Siegel received a Combat Infantry Badge and a Good Conduct ribbon.
After the war ended, Siegel enrolled at the
University of Illinois on the GI bill. He wrote for the school humor magazine, Shaft, for two years. He became editor of the publication when his predecessor, Hugh Hefner, graduated. While at college, Siegel had stories published in and Fantasy and Science Fiction . Siegel graduated and returned to his family in New York in 1950. American Legion Magazine
In 1955 Siegel met his wife, Helen Hartman, an aide in the office of
United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold.
New York [ edit ]
In the late 1950s, Siegel found work as Eastern Promotion Manager for
Chicago-based . Siegel started writing humorous articles and satirical pieces for Playboy Magazine , Playboy and Humbug . Mad Magazine
In 1965, at the behest of composer
Mary Rodgers and Mad publisher William Gaines, Siegel collaborated with Stan Hart on . The Mad Show
California [ edit ]
The world-wide success of
The Mad Show brought the Siegel and Hart families to the Los Angeles in 1968. There, they wrote a Flip Wilson special for NBC and a pilot for 20th Century Fox producer David Gerber called Oh Nurse!
In 1970, Siegel was hired by producer
George Schlatter to write for . He later broke contract to write for Laugh-In Carol Burnett with Stan Hart. The team spent three years with Burnett during which they won two Emmys and received one Emmy nomination. Siegel and Hart parted from the Burnett show and in 1974, and Siegel helped launch on ABC. He returned for the final season of Carol Burnett's show in 1977 and won a third Emmy. That's My Mama
In the early 1980s, Siegel was hired as part of a team of writers to pen a sequel of sorts to the hit LP record
The First Family. Titled The First Family Rides Again and highlighting mimic Rich Little, the follow-up dealt with the life of Ronald Reagan.
During the 1990s, Siegel spent three years teaching comedy writing at
UCLA before turning to acting and joining the Screen Actors Guild. He did commercials for companies including IBM and Northwest Airlines and also performed in stage musicals in the Los Angeles area.
As of 2013, he is also doing improvisational comedy, writing, and performing in sketches for shows at the
Broad Theater in Santa Monica, California.
External links [ edit ]
Gary Belkin, Peter Bellwood,
Thomas Meehan, Herb Sargent and Judith Viorst (1970)
Herbert Baker, Hal Goodman, Larry Klein, Bob Schiller, Norman Steinberg, Bob Weiskopf and Flip Wilson / Bob Ellison and Marty Farrell (1971) Art Baer, Roger Beatty, Stan Burns,
Stan Hart, Don Hinkley, Ben Joelson, Woody Kling, Mike Marmer, Arnie Rosen and Larry Siegel / Anne Howard Bailey (1972) Bill Angelos, Roger Beatty,
Stan Hart, Robert Hilliard, Woody Kling, Arnie Kogen, Buz Kohan, Gail Parent, Tom Patchett, Larry Siegel and Jay Tarses / Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor (1973)
Ann Elder, Karyl Geld Miller, Robert Illes, Lorne Michaels, Richard Pryor, Jim Rusk, Herb Sargent, James R. Stein, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Rod Warren and George Yanok (1974) John Bradford,
Cy Coleman and Bob Wells (1975)
Ann Elder, Christopher Guest, Lorne Michaels, Earl Pomerantz, Jim Rusk, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Rod Warren and George Yanok (1976)
Buz Kohan and Ted Strauss (1977)
Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Charles Grodin, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, Lily Tomlin and Alan Zweibel (1978)
Roger Beatty, Gary Belkin,
Dick Clair, Rudy De Luca, Arnie Kogen, Barry Harman, Barry Levinson, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond and Ed Simmons (1974) Roger Beatty, Gary Belkin,
Dick Clair, Rudy De Luca, Arnie Kogen, Barry Levinson, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond and Ed Simmons (1975)
Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel (1976)
Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tom Davis, James Downey, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel (1977) Roger Beatty,
Dick Clair, Tim Conway, Rick Hawkins, Robert Illes, Jenna McMahon, Gene Perret, Bill Richmond, Liz Sage, Larry Siegel, Franelle Silver, Ed Simmons and James Stein (1978)