Babaloo Mandel

Screenwriter, Producer, Gag writer for stand-up comics
As one of the most successful comedy screenwriting teams in Hollywood, Marc "Babaloo Mandel, along with writing partner Lowell Ganz, penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s. After serving time as a joke ... Read more »
Born: 10/12/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (30)

Parenthood 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

Tooth Fairy 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

RV 2006 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Writer)

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Multiplicity 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Take Five 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Herndon and Me 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Night Shift 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Busting Loose 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (7)

Hiller and Diller 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A League of Their Own 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Knight & Daye 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Channel 99 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gung Ho 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (6)

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

2nd Writer (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Splash 1984 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As one of the most successful comedy screenwriting teams in Hollywood, Marc "Babaloo Mandel, along with writing partner Lowell Ganz, penned some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and 1990s. After serving time as a joke writer for the likes of Joan Rivers, Mandel partnered with Ganz and embarked on an incredibly successful feature career that benefited from frequent collaborations with producer Brian Glazer and director Ron Howard, starting with "Night Shift" (1982). Mandel and Ganz went on to write huge hits like "Splash" (1984) and "Parenthood" (1989) while also faltering with more mundane projects like "Gung Ho" (1986) and the Cyndi Lauper vehicle "Vibes" (1988). Mandel and Ganz had perhaps their greatest success, both critically and commercially, with "City Slickers" (1991), and followed up with the warmhearted comedy about a forgotten piece of history, "A League of Their Own" (1992). The pair saw their creative success falter when they went back to the well on the inevitable sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" (1994) before striking out with rather mediocre offerings like "Multiplicity" (1996) and "Father's Day" (1997). Following a period where they wrote uncredited drafts of several high-profile projects, Mandel and Ganz reemerged with "Robots" (2005) and "Fever Pitch" (2005), both of which displayed the comic touch that was on full display during the height of their careers.

Milestones

2010

Re-teamed with Lowell Ganz to write "The Tooth Fairy"

2005

Collaborated on the screenplay for the computer-animated comedy, "Robots"

2005

Adapted the Nick Hornby novel, "Fever Pitch" for the screen

2000

Penned the screenplay for "Where the Heart Is," starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd

1999

Co-wrote (with Ganz) the Ron Howard directed, "EDtv"

1997

Worked on screenplay for the Billy Crystal and Robin Williams comedy, "Father's Day"

1996

Co-wrote the comedy, "Multiplicity"; co-produced and directed by Harold Ramis

1995

Contributed to the script for Billy Crystal's "Forget Paris"

1994

Co-wrote sequel of "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"

1992

Collaborated with Ganz on the screenplay for "A League of Their Own"; directed by Penny Marshall

1992

First film with executive producer credit, Billy Crystal's "Mr. Saturday Night"

1991

First collaboration with Billy Crystal on screenplay for "City Slickers"

1990

Collaborated with Ganz and Ron Howard on the screenplay for "Parenthood"; Howard also directed

1986

Served as executive producer for short-lived TV sitcom version of "Gung Ho"

1985

Collaborated with Dan Aykroyd on the screenplay for John Landis' "Spies Like Us"

1984

Co-wrote the screenplay for the Ron Howard directed, "Splash"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1982

First feature credit for the screenplay of Ron Howard's "Night Shift"; first collaboration with Grazer and Howard

1981

Collaborated with Ganz on episodes of ABC's "Happy Days"

1976

First job as a staff writer on ABC's "Laverne and Shirley"

Met future writing partner Lowell Ganz at Hollywood's Comedy Store in the early 1970s

Given the nickname 'Babaloo' by Ganz as an allusion to a character in the Philip Roth novel, Portnoy's Complaint

Approached by producer Brian Grazer with the story idea for "Night Shift"

Worked as a joke writer; sold material to such comics as Joan Rivers

Bonus Trivia

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"Though sought after in Hollywood, they haven't gone Hollywood. They live in the suburban San Fernando Valley and 'don't have the clothes to be popular,' jokes [producer-writer-director Gary] Marshall.What makes them even more an anomaly is they don't want to direct. 'I always offer them but they just don't want that lifestyle,' says [producer Brian] Grazer. Writing is their first love, plus directing requires long hours and their families come first.'So when Dan Quayle chastises Hollywood, he ain't talking about us,' says Mandel who has six children.We're liberal Democrats and we believe in family values,' adds Ganz, who has three kids." - from USA Today, Sept. 23, 1992

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