Comedian, actor, producer, director – PPB’s next celebrity luncheon honoree has done them all. David Steinberg will receive our Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from President Alan Perris on June 3, 2016.
A legendary comedian of the 60’s through the 80’s, David is now regarded as one of the best and most creative directors working in television today. He has directed numerous episodes of “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You,” “Newhart” and “Designing Women,” which he also executive produced. More recently, David has directed for the hit series “Weeds” and his work on “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has earned him several DGA and Emmy awards and nominations.
Steinberg was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. He joined Second City, staying for four years before moving on to Broadway where he starred in several shows. From there, it was on to standup comedy, opening at the Bitter End in 1969, where he received rave reviews.
David became a household name after he began appearing on “The Tonight Show,” where he became one of Johnny Carson’s most popular guests and guest hosts, with 140 appearances – second only to Bob Hope. In the early 1970s, David capped a prolific standup career with four comedy albums, two Grammy nominations and a successful nightclub act at the Bitter End.
Steinberg is also known for the memorable parts he created on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.” His “Existentialist Psychiatrist” first coined the popular phrase “Booga Booga,” and his satiric and controversial “sermons” caused the Smothers Brothers to be thrown off the air.
More recently, Steinberg and Steve Carell executive produced “Inside Comedy,” a documentary series for Showtime that chronicled the evolution of comedy over the past five decades.
David has been married twice. He married his first wife, Judy, in 1973 and they have two daughters. After 24 years of marriage, they divorced in 1997. Steinberg is now married to Robyn Todd.