David Steinberg

BirthDay:

09 Aug 1942

BirthPlace:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Bio:

Comedian David Steinberg, born in 1942, grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. He left home to attend the University of Chicago. The family moved to Chicago when he was a teen. It was there that he saw a performance by the Second City Chicago Troupe and it changed the course of his life. With another student at the university, he started a comedy act called Kadish and Steinberg. After members of Second City saw them, he was invited to join the company and was with them for four years. In the late 60's he moved on to Broadway with leading roles in "Little Murders" and "Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights", the latter directed by Sidney Poitier. From there he moved to stand up comedy opening at the Bitter End in 1969. He received a rave review from the New York times, calling him a cross between Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. After his first appearance on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), he became one of Johnny Carson's most popular guests and guest hosts, with 140 appearances, second only to Bob Hope. He wrote and performed for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) where his irreverent "sermons" were often censored and cited as the reason for the show's cancellation.

Steinberg's sometimes racy, usually anti-establishment stance of the late 60s/early 70s made him a favorite among the young and disillusioned. Steinberg released four solo comedy albums and CBS gave him his own summer comedy variety series with The David Steinberg Show (1972). In 1976, Steinberg returned to Canada to create and star in another series, also called _'The David Steinberg Show'. Gary Shandling credits this show as being one of the influences for _The Larry Sanders Show(1992)_. It featured John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Martin Short and Dave Thomas who went on to form the legendary SCTV troupe.

In 1982 Steinberg made his directorial debut with the feature Paternity (1981) and, the following year, his TV directorial debut with an episode of Newhart (1982). In the 90s, he became the executive producer of the popular CBS-TV Designing Women (1986) and continued to direct. Other TV credits as director include episodes of The Golden Girls (1985), _Seinfeld(1990)_ , Mad About You (1992), Weeds(2005)_, and _Curb your Enthusiasm(2000)_. He won two Emmy Awards for his writing on Oscar telecasts in the early 90s. Steinberg has also directed over 300 television commercials, winning two Clio Awards and the prestigious Silver Lion Award at the Cannes International Film Festival.

As a film director, he directed _Paternity(1981)_ with Burt Reynolds, Going Berserk (1983) with John Candy and The Wrong Guy (1997) with Dave Foley. In 2007, Simon and Schuster published his memoir about his life in comedy called "The Book of David".
Filmography

Actor ( 65 credits )

The Last Laugh (2016) Himself
Being Canadian (2015) Himself
The Comedians (2015)  Billy's Agent (1 episode, 2015)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
When Jews Were Funny (2013) Himself
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) Himself
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story (2013) Himself
Inside Comedy (2012)  Himself - Host (30 episodes, 2012-2014)
Uncle Bob (2010) Himself
Curb: The Discussion (2010)  Himself (2 episodes)
The Talk (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009) Himself: Comedian / Writer
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009)  Director / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg (2005)  Himself - Host (12 episodes, 2005-2007)
The Aristocrats (2005) Himself
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2002)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 2002)
NewsNight with Aaron Brown (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Big Sound (2000)  Gabe Moss (1 episode, 2000)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Party Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Wrong Guy (1997) Outpatient
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Mad About You (1992)  Neighbor / ... (4 episodes, 1995-1998)
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
American Masters (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Showtime's Comedy Close-Up (1984)  Himself - Host
Nothing Personal (1980) Talk Show Host
Fridays (1980)  Himself - Guest Host (1 episode, 1981)
Something Short of Paradise (1979) Harris Sloane
The End (1978) Marty Lieberman
The Big Laff Off (1978)  Himself - Host
Live Wednesday (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Canada After Dark (1978)  Himself - Guest Host / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
The Sonny and Cher Show (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
The Alan Hamel Show (1976)  Himself - Guest Host / ... (7 episodes, 1977-1979)
On Location (1976)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1977)
The Smothers Brothers Show (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
The Wide World of Mystery (1973)  Paul (1 episode, 1973)
The Bobby Darin Show (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 1973)
The Midnight Special (1972)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1974)
The David Steinberg Show (1972)  Himself - Host (25 episodes, 1972-1977)
Information Processing (1971) Narrator
The Odd Couple (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
Flip (1970)  Himself (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
The Lost Man (1969) Photographer
Playboy After Dark (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself - Guest Host / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
This Is Tom Jones (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
Music Scene (1969)  Himself - Host (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
The John Davidson Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Fearless Frank (1967) The rat
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967)  Himself (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
The Hollywood Squares (1965)  Himself (8 episodes, 1972-1976)
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Himself (1 episode, 1967)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself / ... (35 episodes, 1970-1985)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Himself - Comedian (1 episode, 1970)

Producer ( 14 credits )

Inside Comedy (2012) executive producer (30 episodes, 2012-2014)
Single White Spenny (2011) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer (2010) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Living in Your Car (2010) executive producer (11 episodes, 2010)
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) executive producer
Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg (2005) executive producer (12 episodes, 2005-2007)
Go Kinky (2005) executive producer
This Thing of Ours (2003) executive producer
Big Sound (2000) executive producer (21 episodes, 2000-2001)
Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story (1999) executive producer
Lost on Earth (1997) executive producer (6 episodes, 1997)
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996) executive producer
It Had to Be You (1993) executive producer (3 episodes, 1993)
Designing Women (1986) executive producer (22 episodes, 1992-1993)

Writer ( 10 credits )

Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg (2005) (creator) (12 episodes, 2005-2007)
CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2002) (1 episode, 2002)
Big Sound (2000) (creator) (21 episodes, 2000-2001)
Designing Women (1986) (2 episodes, 1993)
Going Berserk (1983) (written by)
The Midnight Special (1972) (1 episode, 1974)
The David Steinberg Show (1972) (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Music Scene (1969) (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (1968) (2 episodes, 1968)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

Director ( 45 credits )

Inside Comedy (2012) (30 episodes, 2012-2014)
Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup (2011)
Single White Spenny (2011) (1 episode, 2011)
Living in Your Car (2010) (4 episodes, 2010)
Sons & Daughters (2006) (2 episodes, 2006)
Campus Ladies (2006) (3 episodes, 2006)
Help Me Help You (2006) (1 episode, 2006)
Weeds (2005) (1 episode, 2008)
The Comeback (2005) (2 episodes, 2005)
Go Kinky (2005)
Good Girls Don't... (2004) (1 episode, 2004)
Wild Card (2003) (1 episode, 2005)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999) (7 episodes, 2000-2011)
Even Stevens (1999) (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Living in Captivity (1998) (2 episodes, 1998)
The Wrong Guy (1997)
Ink (1996) (1 episode, 1997)
The Parent 'Hood (1995) (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Friends (1994) (1 episode, 1998)
Daddy Dearest (1993) (2 episodes, 1993)
It Had to Be You (1993) (4 episodes, 1993)
Mad About You (1992) (49 episodes, 1994-1999)
The Rick Reynolds Show (1992)
Evening Shade (1990) (8 episodes, 1990-1991)
Get a Life (1990) (1 episode, 1990)
The Fanelli Boys (1990) (1 episode, 1990)
Seinfeld (1989) (4 episodes, 1991-1998)
Annie McGuire (1988) (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Eisenhower & Lutz (1988) (1 episode, 1988)
Family Man (1988) (5 episodes, 1988)
Duet (1987) (3 episodes, 1987)
CBS Summer Playhouse (1987) (1 episode, 1988)
The Popcorn Kid (1987) (1 episode, 1987)
Designing Women (1986) (37 episodes, 1987-1993)
It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986) (2 episodes, 1989)
The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986) (1 episode, 1986)
One Big Family (1986) (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
The Golden Girls (1985) (1 episode, 1986)
The Twilight Zone (1985) (1 episode, 1985)
Comedy Factory (1985) (1 episode, 1986)
Tall Tales & Legends (1985) (1 episode, 1986)
The Richard Belzer Show (1984) (1 episode, 1984)
Going Berserk (1983)
Newhart (1982) (15 episodes, 1986-1990)
Paternity (1981)