Sitting Down Offers a New Perspective On Stand-Up Comedy When TV Land Premieres New Original Series Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg
Legendary Comedian/Director/Producer Hosts Series Filled with
Today's Biggest Stars
NEW YORK, Nov. 10 -- Viewers get more than just laughs when
TV Land premieres the new original series Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg
on Wednesday, December 14 at 10pm (ET/PT). Hosted by legendary comedian,
producer and director David Steinberg, this six-episode series -- filmed live
in front of an audience -- is a one-on-one comedy forum in which celebrated
performers including Mike Myers, Larry David, Martin Short, Bob Newhart, Jon
Lovitz and George Lopez open up about their personal lives and careers in
Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg engages these classic and
contemporary comedians -- who all got their starts in television - for
uproarious conversations in which they share anecdotes and famous comedy bits.
From Mike Myers' description of how his expatriate British parents and his
early adulthood spent in England were the inspiration for Austin Powers to
Larry David's explanation of why he can't handle the pressure of packing a
suitcase, the series has a unique newness to it as these performers take the
stage to discuss their lives and careers, rather than to promote an upcoming
project. The result is simply two comedians in conversation -- an honest look
at the personal lives and career paths of some of the most renowned comedic
performers of our time in a clean "no-spin" zone.
"We're thrilled to work with David on this show and extremely proud of the
way the series turned out," states Sal Maniaci, Vice President, Development
and Original Production, TV Land and Nick at Nite. "David provides an
atmosphere for talent to feel comfortable which leads to free flowing
conversations that aren't normally captured for TV cameras. Since the
celebrities aren't participating on the show to promote their latest works,
Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg truly allows our viewers to get a funny
and real look at these stars when they are unrehearsed. Bob Newhart described
the rapport between comedians when he said 'We're like jazz musicians. There's
a trust that you have with another comedian in front of an audience so that no
matter how far out you go, he can follow and bring you right back."
The six episode series rollout is as follows:
Wednesday, December 14; 10 - 11 pm (ET/PT)
Mike Myers and David Steinberg speculate about what people mean when they
call Canadians nice ("are people really trying to say that we are wussies or
asexual?"), how Monty Python is a form of birth control and how Mike met his
wife and how "far" they went on their first two dates.
Wednesday, December 21; 10-11 pm (ET/PT)
Larry David talks with David Steinberg about the jobs he had to take as a
struggling comic including one as a private chauffeur for an elderly woman who
insisted he wear a uniform, his views on the sexual revolution and his
unsuccessful attempts to get involved in it and how he loves the scenes in
which he gets cursed out in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Wednesday, December 28; 10-10:30 pm (ET/PT)
Bob Newhart sits down with David and tells how he started his professional
career as an accountant, his pride in being a Vegas headliner while Don
Rickles was performing in the lounge. Newhart also shares his insights on the
trust between comedians. "As opposed to the rest of show business, when two
comedians meet they talk about the worst audiences they've ever had and their
Wednesday, January 4; 10-10:30 pm (ET/PT)
During his discussion with David Steinberg, Martin Short recalls his early
days growing up as a stage-struck kid in a small Canadian town, his start as a
singer and dancer and his move to New York. Short also displays his talent
as a master impressionist doing everyone from Robin Williams to Liza Minelli
... and even David Steinberg.
Wednesday, January 11; 10-10:30 pm (ET/PT)
In this episode, David Steinberg talks to Jon Lovitz about his early years
as a suburban kid with a funny dad, his time with the improve group "The
Groundlings," and his big break on Saturday Night Live and creating such
memorable characters as the Master Thespian and The Pathological Liar.
Wednesday, January 18; 10-10:30 pm (ET/PT)
George Lopez reveals his difficult upbringing in East Los Angeles and how
his life story eventually became the material for his stand-up act, the
challenges faced in creating a career in comedy and how he incorporates
everything in his life into his TV series.
The New York Times has called David Steinberg one of the most original
comedians in years, "a cross between Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce". Second
only to Bob Hope in appearances on Carson's The Tonight Show, he began his
comedy career with Second City and influenced the careers of John Belushi,
Bill Murray, John Candy and others who followed him there. Steinberg capped a
prolific career as a stand up comedian with four comedy albums and two Grammy
nominations. He has also won two Emmys as a writer. Famous for being funny on
both sides of the camera, he has directed many critically acclaimed shows,
including Friends, Newhart, Seinfeld, Mad About You, and most recently Larry
David's Curb Your Enthusiasm for HBO. His work on Seinfeld, Mad About You and
Curb Your Enthusiasm earned him several DGA and Emmy awards and nominations.
An accomplished director of over 300 commercials, David has also won
virtually every award in advertising, including two Clio Awards and the
prestigious Silver Lion Award at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Among the shows he is currently producing or directing are his fifth
season on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow for HBO, Sons
and Daughters, a comedy improvisational show and Emily's Reasons Why Not
starring Heather Graham for ABC. He is executive producer of Go Kinky, a show
chronicling the Texas gubernatorial ambitions of Kinky Friedman.
Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg is executive produced by David
Steinberg, Vince Arcaro and Robyn Todd.
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