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Larry Siegel

Larry Siegel is a writer who has worked in television, stage, magazines, records, and books. He has received three Emmys and one Writers Guild award along with a dozen Emmy and Guild nominations.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • New York 2.1
    • California 2.2
  • External links 3

Early life

Siegel was born in New York City in 1925. His first published work was a poem, Oh Dear What Can Sinatra Be?, which ran in Earl Wilson's syndicated newspaper column in 1943. Siegel was drafted into the army soon afterwards.

In early 1944, after concluding Naples, Italy for battle in January 1945. Siegel received a Combat Infantry Badge and a Good Conduct ribbon.

After the war ended, Siegel enrolled at the University of Illinois on the GI bill. He wrote for the school humor magazine, Shaft, for two years. He became editor of the publication when his predecessor, Hugh Hefner, graduated. While at college, Siegel had stories published in Fantasy and Science Fiction and American Legion Magazine. Siegel graduated and returned to his family in New York in 1950.

In 1955 Siegel met his wife, Helen Hartman, an aide in the office of United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold.


New York

In the late 1950s, Siegel found work as Eastern Promotion Manager for Chicago-based Playboy Magazine. Siegel started writing humorous articles and satirical pieces for Playboy, Humbug and Mad Magazine.

In 1965, at the behest of composer Mary Rodgers and Mad publisher William Gaines, Siegel collaborated with Stan Hart on The Mad Show.


The world-wide success of The Mad Show brought the Siegel and Hart families to the Los Angeles in 1968. There, they wrote a Flip Wilson special for NBC and a pilot for 20th Century Fox producer David Gerber called Oh Nurse!

In 1970, Siegel was hired by producer Laugh-In. He later broke contract to write for Carol Burnett with Stan Hart. The team spent three years with Burnett during which they won two Emmys and received one Emmy nomination. Siegel and Hart parted from the Burnett show and in 1974, and Siegel helped launch That's My Mama on ABC. He returned for the final season of Carol Burnett's show in 1977 and won a third Emmy.

In the early 1980s, Siegel was hired as part of a team of writers to pen a sequel of sorts to the hit LP record The First Family. Titled The First Family Rides Again and highlighting mimic Rich Little, the follow-up dealt with the life of Ronald Reagan.

During the 1990s, Siegel spent three years teaching comedy writing at UCLA before turning to acting and joining the Screen Actors Guild. He did commercials for companies including IBM and Northwest Airlines and also performed in stage musicals in the Los Angeles area.

As of 2013, he is also doing improvisational comedy, writing, and performing in sketches for shows at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica, California.

External links

  • Complete list of Siegel's MAD articles
  • Larry Siegel in 2010 at a Los Angeles comedy club
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