He became a full-time writer for Herb Shriner, earning $75 a week at first. At the age of 19, he started writing scripts for The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and othertelevision shows. By the time he was working for Caesar, he was making $1500 a week; with Caesar he worked alongside Danny Simon, whom Allen credits for helping him to form his writing style.
In 1961, hestarted a new career as a stand-up comedian, debuting in a Greenwich Village club called the Duplex. Together with his managers, Allen developed a neurotic, nervous, and intellectual persona for hisstand-up routine, a successful move.
Allen wrote for the popular Candid Camera television show, and appeared in some episodes.
Allen started writing short stories and cartoon captions for magazinessuch as The New Yorker. Allen is also an accomplished author having published four collections of his short pieces and plays. These are: Getting Even, Without Feathers, Side Effects and Mere Anarchy.His first movie was the Charles Feldman production: What's New Pussycat? In 1965. Allen's first directorial effort was: What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966, co-written with Mickey Rose). He also became asuccessful Broadway playwright and wrote Don't Drink the Water in 1966.
The next play Allen wrote that was produced on Broadway was Play It Again, Sam, which he also starred in. The play opened onFebruary 12, 1969.
Allen directed, starred in, and wrote Take the Money and Run in 1969. That same year he starred in his own TV special, The Woody Allen Special. On the show he performed standupcomedy routines.
From 1971 to 1975 Allen co-wrote, directed, and starred in Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Sleeper, and Love and Death.
In 1976, he starred in The Front(directed by Martin Ritt) a humorous account of Hollywood blacklisting during the 1950s.
Allen's 1980s films, even the comedies, have somber and philosophical undertones. Some are influenced by the...