Legendary comedian David Steinberg, who The New York Times called “a comic institution all by himself,” looks back and forward at his life in comedy. As a son of a Rabbi in Canada to creating comedy so controversial, David is credited with getting the Smothers Brothers thrown off the air, as well as finding himself on Nixon’s “enemies list.” Steinberg is funny on both sides of the camera and went on to direct iconic shows such as Golden Girls, Seinfeld, Mad About You and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition, David has the second most guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
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‘Comedy’ central: David Steinberg gets Hollywood legends to tell all on Showtime
By Robert Rorke. @New York Post
David Steinberg had an inkling that Jon Stewart was about to step down from “The Daily Show” when he interviewed him for “Inside Comedy” months before he announced it.
“My first question was, ‘How long do you think you’ll stay in television?’” Steinberg remembers.
Stewart immediately deflected. “He said, ‘Is this what this is? So they hire Steinberg to drop the hammer on me?’”
During the interview, which debuts Tuesday, May 5, at 11 p.m., Stewart cracks jokes about his early days at The Bitter End (“There’d be four Doors cover bands and then you”) and entertains the possibility that God is the biggest jokester of them all.
“The greatest example of that is the scrotum,” Stewart says. “If he doesn’t have a sense of humor, why would you hang something so sensitive outside the body?”
Says Steinberg, “It was all very funny and very off-the-hook.”
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Docuseries to return to Showtime’s lineup in February
By AJ Marechal. @Variety_AJM
Showtime has handed comedy fans an early holiday present, as the pay TV network greenlights a third season of docuseries “Inside Comedy.”
From David Steinberg and Steve Carell, program features interviews with comedians and entertainers, exploring their career-defining moments and personal anecdotes from the comedy scene.
Showtime will bow the 10-episode third season on Feb. 3. Talent to be featured in season three include Jimmy Fallon, Zach Galifianakis, Jonah Hill, Dick Van Dyke, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bette Midler.
By ANTHONY STOECKERT
In the 1970s and ‘80s, David Steinberg was one of the most successful standup comics around. He played to sold-out audiences, recorded hit comedy albums, hosted television shows, sat next to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show more than 100 times, and often served as guest host for Mr. Carson.
But then he switched jobs and started directing television, everything from The Golden Girls to Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also hosts Inside Comedy on Showtime, in which he interviews comedians. During one of those interviews, a more recent comedy legend asked Mr. Steinberg a question.