[ JANE MILMORE and BILLY VAN ZANDT]

About Us

“These people are hilarious!” – NY TIMES

Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore are two of most often-produced playwrights in the world.

“Fever-pitched one liners, puns, slapstick, pratfalls…There are probably no people more adept at conveying these comic styles than Van Zandt & Milmore, with their wacky anything for a laugh adventuring and willingness to toss all actorly dignity out the window!” – Tom Chesek, ASBURY PARK PRESS

New Jersey native Van Zandt met Wyoming born Milmore at the Barn Theater’s high school drama competition in Rumson, NJ.  A month later they were cast together in Neil Simon’s “Star Spangled Girl,” and have been working together ever since.

Known for their combination of physical comedy and adult humor, they’ve been called the “masters of modern farce.” (NY TIMES).   Their 23 plays, all published with Samuel French, have been translated into multiple languages and performed all over the globe.  Their Off-Broadway hit “You’ve Got Hate Mail” ran four and a half years at the Triad Theater and has continued with multiple ongoing productions around the world, Billy’s “The Property Known as Garland” broke house records at the Actors Playhouse, and the classic summer stock perennial “Love, Sex, and the IRS” is performed somewhere in the world every day of the year.

On television, their careers began with Bob Newhart on “Newhart”.   Since that time, they have written and produced countless hours of television comedy, including shows for Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andrew Dice Clay, the Wayans Bros., Brooke Shields, DL Hughley, Olympia Dukakis, Michael McKeon, Richard Mulligan, and John Goodman.

They have received Emmy nominations for their CBS special “I Love Lucy:  The Very First Show” which unveiled “I Love Lucy”’s pilot episode and was the highest-rated program on network television that season;

“The Hughleys” where they received a Multi-Cultural Prism Award, and were nominated for People’s Choice and NAACP Image Awards; and Martin Lawrence’s ground-breaking “Martin”, which won them a People’s Choice Award and an NAACP Image Award for “Best New Series.”

On film, Billy and Jane collaborated on “A Wake in Providence” in which they also co-starred.  The film was a critical favorite at the Boston Film Festival and won the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival’s Audience Award.  In addition, Billy co-starred in several films, including his screen debut in “Jaws 2”; the military school drama “Taps” with Tim Hutton, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and George C Scott; and Robert Wise’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”

Please enjoy the site, feel free to send us photos of your own productions of Van Zandt/Milmore plays, and check our NEWS page for current events.

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

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CAROLINE AARON JOINS “YOU’VE GOT HATE MAIL”

Caroline Aaron, well known to theater, film and TV audiences (Episodes, Transparent, Hello My name is Doris, Crimes and Misdemeanors) will join Billy, Jane, Glenn Jones and Alexis Brandt October 7 at Vitellos Restaurant in North Hollywood in the international hit Van Zandt/Milmore comedy “You’ve Got Hate Mail.”  For tickets:  www.vitellosrestaurant.com

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JAWS 2 REUNION EAST COAST

Billy will join Donna Wilkes, Gigi Vorgan, Ben Marley, Tom Dunlop and John Dukakis as the cast of “Jaws 2” is reunited at the Chiller Theatre convention in Parsippany, NJ Oct 28-30.

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“Merrily We Dance & Sing (or “The Naughty Boy”) Published and Available to License!

Of all our shows, this may be my favorite. Why did it take so long to publish it? I’ll explain. This was our first musical after years of nothing but writing and performing farce. Why? Because no one told us we couldn’t. “Merrily” is the story of a community fine arts league putting on their […]