CBS just issued a statement about the death of comedy writer-producer Alan Kirschenbaum. He has a long history at CBS where he was considered family. Kirschenbaum co-created two comedy series for the network, Yes, Dear and the upcoming Friend Me, as well as the 2007 pilot Fugly. He also worked on the CBS comedies Everybody Loves Raymond, Center Of The Universe and Accidentally On Purpose.
“We are stunned and devastated to hear the news this morning of Alan’s passing. We have lost a long-time colleague, a valued friend and truly one of the most well liked individuals in our midst. We will remember a gifted and successful comedy writer/producer who shared generously of his time beyond his show duties to help the network and studio in a variety of ways; a kind and gentle man; and a warm and witty conversationalist who could always be seen chatting up many on our lot ranging from assistants to senior executives. Everyone at CBS truly loved Alan and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts grieve for his wife Vicki, daughter Molly, sister Judi, mother Ethel and his father, comedian Freddie Roman, and all of Alan’s family and friends.”
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The Hollywood TV community is struggling to come to grips with the sudden death of veteran comedy writer-producer Alan Kirschenbaum. Few knew him better than Greg Garcia. The two co-created/executive produced the CBS comedy series Yes, Dear and pilot Fugly, and Garcia also brought in Kirschenbaum to work on his series My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. But above all, the two were close friends. Here is what Garcia shared with us about his late friend (the images are from the set of Yes, Dear, featuring Kirschenbaum and Garcia alongside series star Mike O’Malley:
This was who Alan was. Always making me laugh harder than anyone else could. I hope somewhere Alan is telling a joke and God is doing a spit take but for those of us he left behind, we’re devastated.
Veteran comedy showrunner Alan Kirschenbaum died last night from apparent suicide. He was 51. Kirschenbaum most recently co-created and executive produced with Ajay Sahgal the upcoming midseason CBS comedy series Friend Me. I hear he recently left the show for unknown reasons. Kirschenbaum and Sahgal scored in May when their Friend Me was one of only two CBS comedy pilots to land series pickups.
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Kirschenbaum, son of comedian Freddy Roman, previously co-created and executive produced with Greg Garcia the long-running CBS sitcom Yes, Dear. He also worked on Garcia’s My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. Early in his career, he was a writer on Dear John, Baby Talk and Coach and created the Fox comedy Down The Shore. In addition to working as a TV writer-producer, Kirschenbaum was an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Fellow comedy writer-producers and actors shared their reactions to Kirschenbaum’s passing on Twitter.
“I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Kirschenbaum. He was hilarious, a joy to be around and the definitive mensch. I will miss him.” – Steve Levitan
“I knew Alan since he was 14. I wrote jokes for his dad, watched him grow up, took pride in his success. Stunned.” – Alan Zweibel
“RIP Alan Kirschenbaum A very funny, very nice guy. Never got to work together but he always made me laugh between periods at LA Kings
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