1. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces.
2. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes.
3. As a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality.
4. By the mid-1960s Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s, and alternating between comedies and dramas to the present.
5. He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s. Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup.
6. Some best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall to be his best films.
7. He has also won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.
8. His screenplay for Annie Hall was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the “101 Funniest Screenplays.”
9. To raise money he wrote jokes for agent David O. Alber, who sold them to newspaper columnists.
10. At the age of 17, he legally changed his name to Heywood Allen and later began to call himself Woody Allen.
11. He later briefly attended City College of New York and soon flunked out. He eventually taught at The New School.
12. He also began going by the name “Woody Allen.” :539 One of those writers was Abe Burrows, coauthor of Guys and Dolls, who wrote, “Wow!
13. Burrows then wrote Allen letters of introduction to Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, and Peter Lind Hayes, who immediately sent Allen a check for just the jokes Burrows included as samples. :541