Accountant Chooses Show Business

Picture of Al Zimbler

If you’ve seen the musical “The Producers” you’ll know that Leo Bloom in the song “I Wanna Be a Producer” sings about turning in his accountant’s tools in order to become a Broadway producer.

Now 91-year-old Al Zimbler isn’t yet headed to Broadway, but after retiring from his CPA practice, he has been actively pursuing a comedy career (while he is about to celebrate 50 years of service to his one remaining accounting client).

He’s taken improv and comedy writing classes in Chicago and Los Angeles, and he has taught senior improv in Chicago and on cruise ships.

As of the end of 2015 Al has written 1,200 humorous short stories, many of which appear in his five published humor books. Also, as a hobby for the last 10 years, he has been writing his own humor captions to New Yorker cartoons, and he now has 5,000 cartoon captions.

With his first book of comedy short stories about love and sex — THE LOVE LIFE OF HOWARD HANDSOME AND OTHER SHORT STORIES — he joined the fraternity of published comedy writers.

His second published book of comedy short stories is BLOSSOM WINTERS IS DRIVING ON THE LOS ANGELES FREEWAYS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES.

His third book is THE WILD ITALIAN WEDDING AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, POEMS, AND JOKES.

His fourth book is BROADWAY AT 77TH AND OTHER SHORT STORIES.

NEW: His fifth book is Dating and Mating Secrets of Seniors and Other Short Stories of Love and Sex.

You can check out an interview of him on life advice as well as a video of a senior improv class of his.