Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.
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Alan Zweibel is an Emmy Award-winning writer, whose credits include The Story of Us and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is the author of the novel The Other Shulman and the forthcoming Clothing Optional: And Other Ways to Read These Stories. Zweibel also wrote Billy Crystal's hit one-man Broadway show, "700 Sundays".
Susie Essman is a comedian. She plays Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Before the fateful extra credit assignment that started it all, Ike's life was pretty normal. He was avoiding the popularity contests of middle school, crushing hard on Claire Wanzandae and trying not roll his eyes at his stepfather, Dirk-the-Jerk's lame jokes. But all that changes when, in a successful effort to make Claire Wanzandae laugh, Ike mails his homework assignment to Ben Franklin...and he writes back.
A deeply funny story by Alan Zweibel about his relationship with the censor at Saturday Night Live, where he was one of the original Emmy-winning writers....