This article is from the Woody Allen FAQ, by BrYan Westbrook email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
In addition to being an actor on Hidden Camera and That Was the Week That
Was, Woody wrote a pilot in 1962 entitled The Laughmakers. It was about the
professional lives of an improvisational group in New York City. Among it's
stars were Louise Sorel, Sandy Baron, Alan Alda, and Louise Lasser. The
group performed at "The Fruedian Slip" and hung out at "Cafe Nervosa." A
few of the gags turned up later in Woody's stand-up and films. The
Laughmakers was more sophisticated than anything on television at that time
so it's no surprise that the pilot wasn't picked up. Woody also starred in
two variety show style specials in the late sixties.