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David Steinberg

David Steinberg
Year Of Induction: 2003
Area Of Recognition: Film
Born: August 9, 1942
Birth Place: Winnipeg, MB

David Steinberg has been a comedian, actor, director, and writer. For more than four decades, this multi-talented individual has delighted audiences the world over.

Steinberg grew up in Winnipeg. He began his acting career with Chicago's Second City at a time when the improvisational comedy troupe was launching the careers of Mike Nichols, Elaine May, and Alan Arkin, among others. From there he graduated to Broadway, starring with Elliott Gould in Jules Feiffer's Little Murders, followed by a starring role in Sidney Poitier's Carry Me Back To Morningside Heights.

In the early '70s, David's career as a stand up comedian was in high gear. Four comedy albums, two Grammy nominations, and a hugely successful nightclub act at the Bitter End in New York catapulted him into television both as an actor and a writer. The New York Times praised Steinberg as "the most original comedian in years."In addition to his 140 guest host appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, second only to Bob Hope, David is perhaps best known for the memorable parts he created on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. His "Mad Psychiatrist" first coined the popular phrase "Booga Booga!", and his controversial "sermons" caused the Smothers Brothers to be thrown off the air. These satirical send-ups earned David a wide following and became the stuff of television legend.

David also wrote and starred in The Music Scene for ABC, as well as The David Steinberg Show, which was a summer replacement hit for CBS. Returning to Canada, he did a sitcom dealing with a behind-the-scenes look at a television show, and introduced television audiences to John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Martin Short, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, and the group that would ultimately become known as SCTV.

As a writer, David won the Playboy Humour Award for his parody of the novel Ragtime, and an Emmy Award nomination for the television special This Is Sholem Aleichem. An accomplished director of over 300 commercials, David has also won virtually every advertising award, including two Clio Awards and the prestigious Silver Lion Award at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Interesting Facts

His newspaper reviews won him a shot on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and his big break came on the night of October 27, 1968.