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David Steinberg

Lowest Rated:   0% Switching Goals (2000)
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The son of a Rumanian rabbi, Canadian actor/comedian David Steinberg was considered the quiet member of his large family -- until he developed a gift for lying. Steinberg's prevarications did not endear him to his father, who said "I kiss the train that takes you away" when Steinberg left Winnipeg to study theology in Israel. All plans for a rabbinical career ended when Steinberg happened to catch Lenny Bruce's act, whereupon he decided to become a comedian. Paul Sills of Chicago's Second City troupe hired Steinberg after seeing the young comic in a University of California production of Candide, but Steinberg didn't really fit in with the communal spirit of Second City and chose to strike out as a solo actor. He appeared in Broadway productions as Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights and Little Murders, both failures. Finally he attained a new agent who guided Steinberg through the Playboy-club circuit in the late '60s. Steinberg confused many club patrons by avoiding standard mother-in-law jokes in favor of conceptual comedy - humor based on observations of everyday life. One of his routines centered around a sanctimonious minister's sermon, and on the strength of this Steinberg was hired for guest spots on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. After his appearance on October 27, 1968, Steinberg was deluged with angry mail complaining about his "blasphemous" performance; the Smothers refused to cave in to pressure and used Steinberg on other programs, including their final taping in April 1969, which remained untelecast after the brothers were fired by CBS. Adverse publicity or no, Steinberg was hired to emcee a 45-minute ABC-TV variety program, The Music Scene, in 1969, where his comic gifts were stifled and he was expected to merely point fingers as the singing groups were introduced. In 1972, when censorial pressure had subsided somewhat at CBS thanks to the advent of All in the Family, Steinberg was hired by the network for a summer replacement series, The David Steinberg Show. The program played to so-so ratings, but did give Steinberg a brief spurt of popularity wherein fans could be heard repeating his catchphrases "Boogie boogie boogie" and "Get OFF me." Steinberg's fame crested in the mid '70s, after which he faded from television. In the early '80s Steinberg turned to film directing with such movies as Paternity (1980) and Going Berserk (1982), and in 1985 he gave TV another try with a series of syndicated interview specials.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup
  • Director
2011
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
  • Actor
$22.4k 2010
No Score Yet Prayers for Bobby
  • Producer
2009
63% The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • Executive Producer
$15.3M 2005
65% Bread and Roses
  • Lawyer
2001
0% Switching Goals
  • Director
2000
38% Kids in the Hall 'Brain Candy'
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story
  • Executive Producer
1999
19% My Giant
  • Himself
1998
No Score Yet The Wrong Guy
  • Director
  • Mental Patient
1997
69% Cats Don't Dance
  • Executive Producer
1997
18% The Pagemaster
  • Producer
1994
50% All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet Severance
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Going Berserk
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Showbiz Ballyhoo
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Best of the Big Laff Off
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Showbiz Goes to War
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Marx Brothers in a Nutshell
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Paternity
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Talk Show Host
1980
No Score Yet Something Short of Paradise
  • Harris Sloane
1979
No Score Yet The Lost Man
  • Photographer
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Host
  • Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Harvey Milfree
  • 2007
65% The Comeback
2005-2014
  • Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Riley
  • 2004
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Director
  • 1991

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