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.When he began performing as a stand-up, he was much more selective, typically using only one out of ten jokes.
is an American actor, author, filmmaker, comedian, playwright, and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces.And he did not improvise: "I put very little premium on improvisation," he told Studs Terkel.The subjects of his jokes were rarely topical, political or socially relevant.By the mid-1960s Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s, and alternating between comedies and dramas to the present.
He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s.
Comedy screenwriter Larry Gelbart compared Allen's style to Elaine May: "He just styled himself completely after her," he said.
Like Nichols and May, he often made fun of intellectuals.
He was later hired as a full-time writer for humorist Herb Shriner, initially earning a week.
After writing for many of television's leading comedians and comedy shows, Allen was gaining the reputation for being a "genius", says composer Mary Rodgers.
His stuff was dazzling." Burrows then wrote Allen letters of introduction to Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, and Peter Lind Hayes, who immediately sent Allen a check for just the jokes Burrows included as samples.