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Billy Van Zandt
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Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt and writing partner Jane Milmore are two of the most often-produced playwrights in the world. “These two people are a riot!” – New York Times.

Billy and Jane met at a high school drama competition in their home state of New Jersey. They have written and starred in twenty-five plays, including the international hit comedy You’ve Got Hate Mail; Off-Broadway’s tribute to slapstick comedy Silent Laughter; cult favorite Drop Dead; the Marx Bros. musical A Night at the Nutcracker; and the summer stock perennial Love Sex, and the I.R.S.

Billy’s solo play The Property Known as Garland starring Adrienne Barbeau broke house records at Off-Broadway’s Actors Playhouse.

Their plays have been produced in thousands of theaters worldwide, including two productions directed by Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis (“Billy and Jane are funny, outrageous, off the charts writer/performers!”), and one by film legend Burt Reynolds.

All plays are published by the Samuel French imprint of Concord Theatricals, and translated into multiple languages around the globe. You’ve Got Hate Mail (which won Mexico’s New Best Play) continues to be an ongoing international hit, currently playing in Poland, Hungary, Germany, and Slovenia. Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. and Suitehearts are still running in Warsaw after five years and recently opened in Russia; Having a Wonderful Time Wish You Were Her is running in Romania and Greece; Wrong Window in New Zealand and Turkey; and The Property Known as Garland ran three years in Warsaw with Polish icon Hanna Sleszynska.

For television, these award-winning writers have produced over three hundred hours of comedy, including Newhart; Martin, which won them a People’s Choice Award and two NAACP Image Awards; The Hughleys; Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields; Daddy Dearest with Don Rickles and Richard Lewis; Anything But Love with Jamie Lee Curtis; Bless This House with Andrew Dice Clay and Cathy Moriarty; The Wayans Bros.; Yes, Dear; Center of the Universe with John Goodman and Jean Smart; and I Love Lucy: The Very First Show, which won them an Emmy nomination.

On the big screen, Billy made his movie acting debut in Jaws 2 and appeared in Taps with Tom Cruise and Sean Penn; Star Trek: the Motion Picture; and A Wake in Providence written by Billy and Jane, which won the Audience Award at both the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Boston Film Festival.

His hilarious new book Get in the Car, Jane (Adventures in the Television Wasteland) is available from Amazon beginning June 2, 2020.

Billy lives in Los Angeles, when he’s not touring the country in the 25th Van Zandt/Milmore play The Boomer Boys Musical. Visit him at www.vanzandtmilmore.com.

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