JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center (NCC) and Chautauqua Institution have announced that comedian and director David Steinberg will be the featured guest on Aug. 1, as part of Chautauqua Institution’s week of programs on “Comedy and the Human Condition,” presented in partnership with NCC July 31 to Aug. 4.
A legendary stand-up comedian of the 60’s through the 80’s, Steinberg’s directing credits include some of the most successful television comedies of the last several decades, including “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Mad About You,” “Newhart” and “The Golden Girls.” He is now in his ninth season directing “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and has also directed for the hit series “Weeds.” Steinberg’s work has earned him several Directors Guild of America and Emmy awards and nominations.
The New York Times recently called David Steinberg “a comic institution himself.”
Steinberg has resume that spans The Second City, Broadway, and a prolific television career. Known for his work on “The Smothers Brothers,” Steinberg’s satiric and controversial “sermons” caught the ire of President Richard Nixon and caused the show to be thrown off the air. One of Johnny Carson’s most popular guests and guest hosts, Steinberg appeared on “The Tonight Show” 140 times — second only to Bob Hope.
From 2005-2007, Steinberg was the executive producer, creator and host of “Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg,” a one-on-one interview series (interviewees included Larry David, Martin Short and Bob Newhart, among others) shot live in front of an audience at UCLA. Steinberg is also the executive producer, along with Steve Carrell, of the documentary series Inside Comedy.
Additional programming during Chautauqua Institution’s and the National Comedy Center’s week on “Comedy and the Human Condition” includes comedian and author Lewis Black, “stand-up scientist” Sophie Scott and the author of A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George, Kelly Carlin.
The week coincides with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, produced by the National Comedy Center, in nearby Jamestown. The 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place Aug. 3-6, and features comedian Jim Gaffigan and more than 50 events at a dozen venues.
For full line-up and ticket information for Week Six, “Comedy and the Human Condition,” visit www.ciweb.org.
For information on the National Comedy Center, visit www.NationalComedyCenter.org.