David Steinberg

Lowest Rated: 0% Switching Goals (2000)
Birthday: Aug 9, 1942
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Executive Producer 2018
100% Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg Actor 2016
No Score Yet Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup Director 2011
61% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
No Score Yet Prayers for Bobby Producer 2009
No Score Yet Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction Executive Producer 2009
63% The Greatest Game Ever Played Executive Producer Producer $15.3M 2005
67% Bread and Roses Lawyer 2001
0% Switching Goals Director 2000
40% 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 Mental Patient Director 1997
74% Cats Don't Dance Executive Producer 1997
17% The Pagemaster Producer 1994
No Score Yet Rick Reynolds: Only the Truth is Funny Director 1992
55% All Dogs Go To Heaven Screenwriter 1989
No Score Yet Severance Director 1988
No Score Yet Going Berserk Screenwriter Director 1983
No Score Yet Best of the Big Laff Off Actor 1983
No Score Yet Showbiz Ballyhoo 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
62% The End Marty Lieberman 1978
No Score Yet The Lost Man Photographer 1969

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Cash Cab
2017
Executive Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2017
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Director
  • 2017
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Director
  • 2017
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Host Executive Producer Producer 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
No Score Yet Little Britain USA
2008
Executive Producer
  • 2008
70% Weeds
2005-2012
Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2007
96% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
Harvey Milfree
  • 2007
No Score Yet Help Me Help You
2006
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Sons & Daughters
2006
Director
  • 2006
69% The Comeback
2005-2014
Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
Riley
  • 2004
No Score Yet Even Stevens
2000-2003
Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
The Director Neighbor Rabbi Director
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
Director
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1989
  • 1987
100% Get a Life
1990-1992
Director
  • 1992
  • 1990
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Director
  • 1991
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Director
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Director
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
TV Host
  • 1971

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