Alan Watt spent fifteen years headlining comedy clubs throughout North America and appeared on over twenty standup TV shows from CAROLINE’S COMEDY HOUR to Montreal’s JUST FOR LAUGHS INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL. He had a small role on SEINFELD and his one-hour comedy special, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, for Canada’s Comedy Network was the highest rated comedy special in the country when it first aired. In 1999 he wrote his first novel, DIAMOND DOGS, which sold to Little, Brown in a bidding war. It became a national bestseller and won a number of awards including FRANCE’S 2004 PRIX PRINTEMPS (best foreign novel.)
He founded L.A. WRITERS’ LAB in 2002 where he teaches his 90-DAY NOVEL and 90-DAY SCREENPLAY workshops in-person and by telecourse to students around the world. He lectures frequently on creativity throughout the country from maximum-security prisons to USC’s MBA program. He taught PEN Center USA’s MARK PROGRAM, which guided three-handpicked authors to publication, and has published three books on writing: his textbook, THE 90-DAY NOVEL is a national bestseller and was AMAZON’S #1 BOOK ON WRITING for five months. A number of his students have gone on to become award-winning authors, produced screenwriters, TV producers and showrunners.
In 2015 Watt wrote and directed the film adaptation of his critically acclaimed play, EDDIE KILL THE PRESIDENT, under the title, INTERIOR NIGHT. In 2016 it won the Boston Film Festival’s Visionary Award, Catalina Film Festival’s Best International Feature Film, The New York Film and TV Festival’s Best Feature Film, The Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes Honorable Mention.
He is married to actress, Mary-Beth Manning, and they live in Los Angeles with their son, Ray, and their cats, Fawn and Captain.