“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 worked together for the next forty-six years.
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. Their works have been directed by the likes of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, and film icon Burt Reynolds.
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.”
Their final collaboration, “The Boomer Boys Musical!” has been touring the country for the last three years with no signs of stopping.
Billy is married to actress Teresa Ganzel, and father to platinum-record producer Will Van Zandt, street-wear designer Walker Van Zandt, and step-father to composer Cody Carpenter. Billy and Teresa live in Los Angeles.
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