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R.I.P. Neil Simon ~ Master of Comedy, Screenwriter, Author and Pulitzer Winning Playwright ~ 1927-2018

The world seems a little more somber today. Neil Simon was one of the greats. Growing up, I actually preferred his Hollywood movies. I watched “Seems Like Old Times” again and again, studying the cadence of the dialogue — how each line had the perfect number of syllables. I think that film alone taught me a lot about writing. It’s not just the content — it’s how it’s presented, how it’s spoken. Simon’s writing always landed spot-on. He was undoubtably a huge influence on my own work. What an amazing talent. In a world that’s becoming increasingly serious, we need more people with Simon’s humor, wit, and humanity. His writing wasn’t just about jokes — it was about characters, warmth, and meaning. His material was truly timeless. Simon leaves an unparalleled legacy and a mountain of work audiences will enjoy for generations to come.

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Neil Simon, the prolific comedy writer who created such Broadway hits such as: Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, and The Sunshine Boys, has passed away from pneumonia. Between 1965 and 1980, his plays and musicals had more than 9,000 performances. Just in 1966 alone he had four Broadway plays running simultaneously. He also wrote the screenplays for over twenty films. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize he also received: the Mark Twain Prize; a Tony Award for Best Playwright for The Odd Couple; another Tony and the aforementioned Pulitzer in 1991 for Lost in Yonkers; a special Tony for his overall contribution to American theater; 16 Tony nominations and four Oscar nominations, among many more. In 2010, The New Yorker’s John Lahr wrote: “For almost half a century, his comedies have offered light at…

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