This is basically a transcript of a podcast segment (www.plotpoints.com) done about great writers we admire.
Imagine you're a genius.
You start life as a boy named Allan Stewart Konigsberg. At the age of 15, in 1950, you begin writing jokes and you never stop. You change your name to Woody Allen. By the time you're 27 you've written thousands of jokes and gags. According to some sources 20,000 in 1962 alone for the top comedians of the time. You also work for the Tonight Show and Candid Camera, with Larry Gelbart, Dick Cavett, Syd Caser - on and on with the best and brightest of that era. Because you're a genius at what makes people laugh.
And also because you work your ass off.
Dick Cavett said of Allen: "He can go to a typewriter after breakfast and sit there until the sun sets only interrupting work for coffee and a brief walk, and then spends the whole evening working. 15 to 18 hours at a time."
Given Woody Allen's work ethic, his incredible, seemingly natural wit, and his drive for perfection, the rest, as they say, is history.