Dave Attell
Comedian
Dave Attell
Dave Attell is an American stand-up comedian and the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell and The Gong Show with Dave Attell.
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Louis C.K. Reminisces With Jon Stewart About The $5,000 He Gave Him For 'Tomorrow Night'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Louis C.K. stopped by "The Daily Show" on Tuesday night and took a trip down comedy memory lane with his old friend Jon Stewart. After revealing that Stewart gave C.K. $5,000 to make his first movie, "Tomorrow Night," which is being released on his website today for $5, the two reminisced about working together on "Caroline's Comedy Hour" with Dave Attell and company back in the early '90s. As for C.K.'s long-lost, black-and-white directorial debut, he said, "Nothing makes much sense but the performances are great," and noted that all of the parts were written specifically for the (many now-famous) actors. He also showed a clip featuring Steve Carell making a prank call as an old woman, and yeah, it's pretty great. Watch the interview above to hear more about "Tomorrow Night," plus a bit of Stewart praising C.K. for "showing initiative in a room full of potheads" and more back before they were famous.
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Dave Attell Lands Uncensored Series, Stand-Up Special With Comedy Central
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Comedy Central certainly picked the right person to enter uncensored territory with. Comedian Dave Attell has been tapped to host the network's first-ever uncensored, weekly late-night stand-up series, the network said Thursday. The as-yet-untitled, eight-episode series, which Attell and 3 Arts Entertainment will executive produce, will feature Attell and his comedy colleagues performing "uncensored and unfiltered," according to the network. ...
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Carol Hartsell: Sorry, Hecklers, You ARE Ruining It For Everyone
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I am not proud to admit this. I am a long-time comedy fan, writer, producer, and, in my current job, a comedy editor. I think comedians are brave, important artists who almost never get the respect they deserve from audiences and industry alike. And I, Carol Hartsell, am a heckler. Sure, I could equivocate and say, "I only did it twice and I didn't even like it," but let's just call things what they are. I have heckled, ergo, I am a heckler. Here's a brief explanation of the two times I committed, albeit unintentionally, this egregious crime: INCIDENT #1 Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Fall 1996 Dave Attell was performing at my university to a full-house of about 400 students. It was an election year and I was planning to vote for Bill Clinton for the second time. I was wearing a hat. Attell, knowing he was on a very conservative college campus, asked, "So are you guys planning on voting for Dole?" There was some applause. I, however, reacted with disgust and in a mis ...
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Dave Attell Dishes On Why He Loves Late '70s, Early '80s Porn
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Dave Attell, a comic's comic, has taken his love of vintage porn and made a television show about vintage porn. If you work hard enough at something, sooner or later it pays off. Attell's current television show, "Dave's Old Porn," is currently airing Thursday nights on Showtime. He also begins a four-night run at the DC Improv on Thursday. If you're a D.C.-area fan of Attell's brand of dirty fun, you have options. (Out of the Beltway, your options may be more limited.) The Huffington Post spoke with the well respected, popular and endearingly filthy veteran comedian about his new television show, stand up and porn. The Huffington Post: Why did you want to host a show about watching porn? Dave Attell: This is not really about me. I'm basically promoting this show for the retro porn fans. It's a tribute show. It's not a deep, analytical look at porn. It's kind-of a "Mystery Science Theater" of porn, a tip of the hat to the classics. This is kind one ...
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Comedy 1, Hurricane Sandy 0
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK — Comedian Dave Attell told a packed house at the Comedy Cellar that New York after Superstorm Sandy had a familiar feel. "It was dark. Toilets were backing up. ... It was pretty much like it always was." Another comic, Paul Mecurio, told the same crowd that he got so many calls from worried family members that he started making things up about how bad it was. "I'm drinking my own urine to survive," he joked. New York's comedy clubs, some of which had to shut down or go on generator power in the aftermath of the storm, dealt with a bad situation like they always have – by turning Sandy into a running punchline. "If they're going to do jokes on Sept. 12 about Sept. 11, then this thing isn't going to slow us down," said Vic Henley, the emcee of a show Oct. 28 at Gotham Comedy Club. Sean Flynn, Gotham's operating manager, said comics were including the storm in their acts but had to be careful nonetheless not to make people feel worse than they alre ...
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DAVE ATTELL (SE)
WOKV - Jacksonville - about 5 years
Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, <a class="fplink fp-391705" href="/dave+attell">Dave Attell</a> got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service industry - as a waiter. At night he would hit the "open mic" circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike. <a class="fplink fp-391705" href="/dave+attell">Dave Attell</a> was named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. His caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and his choice of material that can best be described as "very adult" has earned him the reputation as a "comic's comic." But if you ask Attell, he’d say, "I’m just trying to get some laughs and sell some drinks." In ...
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Darrell Hammond says Denver's Comedy Works is his favorite - Westword
Google News - over 5 years
The physical space also makes it an ideal place for comics like Dave Attell to record albums. Many young comics want to tape their first Comedy Central albums there, Curtis says, but there aren&#39;t enough weeks in the year to accommodate them all
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Comedian Ted Alexandro ready to rock Laugh-A-Palooza at Meadow Brook - Royal Oak Daily Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
It&#39;s about a group of school employees and will feature many of comedy&#39;s big names as guests including Dave Attell, Jim Gaffigan, and Judah Friedlander. Alexandro will be sharing the stage at Laugh-A-Palooza with some of the Detroit area&#39;s best comedic
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COMEDY CENTRAL Records Releases Joe DeRosa's "Return of the Son of Depression ... - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In addition, he has performed on national tours such as Dave Chappelle&#39;s &quot;Block Party Tour&quot; and the &quot;Insomniac Tour&quot; with Dave Attell. This year, he made his directorial debut with the film &quot;Cheat,&quot; which starred himself, Bill Burr, Robert Kelly and
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Jim Norton - Salt Lake City Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
... CK series Lucky Louie—is the Sirius/XM Radio show Opie &amp; Anthony. Now he has put together a concert tour with a group of other funny guys including Dave Attell, Jim Breuer and Bill Burr, appropriately called the Anti-Social Network. (Jacob Stringer)
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Sexy Biz: Bree Olson, Sunny Leone to co-host 2012 AVN Awards - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
According to the AVN news release, Olson&#39;s recent mainstream roles include appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Insomniac with Dave Attell, Spike TV&#39;s Guys Choice Awards, Tosh.0, Opie and Anthony, The Howard Stern Show, and Flo Rida and
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Bree Olson, Sunny Leone Named 2012 AVN Awards Co-Hosts - AVN News (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
While Olson is now pursuing mainstream opportunities, she&#39;s formerly appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Insomniac with Dave Attell, Spike TV&#39;s Guys Choice Awards, Tosh.0, a Flo Rida music video and on Opie and Anthony and The Howard Stern
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Get To Know A Comic You Probably Don't Know: Kyle Grooms - Deadspin
Google News - over 5 years
Style is quick and clever, punchlines come after the beat, a little like Dave Attell but structured around stories like Birbiglia. Where may I have seen him? Kyle has had his own half-hour on Comedy Central Presents. You may have also seen him on Last
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SFist Tonight, 8/12: Breakiosaurus, Dave Attell, American Tripps - SFist
Google News - over 5 years
(9 pm to 2 am, The Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission Street) COMEDY: The hilarious insomniac and &quot;comic&#39;s comic&quot;, Dave Attell, is at Cobb&#39;s tonight and tomorrow night, presented by local broadcasting fave, KOFY. (8 and 10:15 pm, Cobb&#39;s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus
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P1 Humor Corner: Police grants for celebrity busts - Police News
Google News - over 5 years
Mike has opened for such luminaries as Jay Leno, Robert Schimmel, Dave Attell, Richard Lewis, Kathleen Madigan, Jeff Dunham, Frank Caliendo, Michael Winslow, Anjelah Johnson, Ralphy May, and Alonzo Bodden to name a few. Mike has appeared numerous times
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Local Standup Josh Arnold on Singing Alone in the Car, Baseballs and Being ... - Riverfront Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Here in town you&#39;ve opened for big names such as Dave Attell and Todd Barry, but you&#39;re kind of a road warrior too, hauling to gigs all over the Midwest. How do you pass the time in your car? Singing. I sing a lot in my car, whether it be along with
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dave Attell
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    In April 2014, Comedy Central premiered Comedy Underground with Dave Attell.
    More Details Hide Details A late night, (mostly) uncensored stand-up comedy show taped live in New York. The series has featured fellow comics Jeff Ross, Amy Schumer, Jermaine Fowler, Ari Shaffir, Judah Friedlander, Brad Williams, Jay Oakerson, Nikki Glaser, Kurt Metzger, Ali Wong, Louis Katz, Junior Stopka, Luenell, Russ Meneve, April Macie, Ralphie May, Al Jackson, Jimmy Shubert, Tom Rhodes, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Artie Lange. Attell played the role of "Don" in Los Enchiladas!, a film written, produced and directed by comedian Mitch Hedberg, starring Hedberg as well as fellow comedians Todd Barry and Marc Maron. In the short film The Office Party, Attell once again played the role of "Don". The film co-starred ex-Karate Kid/Outsider Ralph Macchio, Jon Stewart, Carol Kane and Tate Donovan. The film was written and directed by Daily Show producer Chiara Edmands.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    Attell returned to television on Showtime beginning October 20, 2011 in Dave's Old Porn, a TV series in which Attell views and jokes about retro 70's/80's pornographic movies with different guest comedians.
    More Details Hide Details Typically, during a given show, Attell and his guest view clips that give an overview of a particular retro porn star's career. Near the end of that show, that particular porn actor appears and also comments on clips from some of his/her movies. Insomniac with Dave Attell was a television series described by Attell as "Wild on E! for Ugly People", it featured Attell walking the streets of America's cities late at night, meeting the people in a haze of ecstatic inebriation. The show occasionally went overseas. The American cities featured on the show were Albuquerque, Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin (2 times), Baltimore, Boise, Boston, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Key West, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Long Island, Memphis, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City (4 times), Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
  • 2010
    Age 45
    He voiced the GPS on the Mystery Machine in the 2010 film Scooby-Doo!
    More Details Hide Details Abracadabra-Doo. He appeared in Trainwreck as the main character Amy's homeless friend "Noam".
    In January 2010, he co-hosted the AVN Awards show, along with porn actresses Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross and again in 2012 with co-hostesses Sunny Leone and Bree Olson.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    He plays the character Barker in the 2008 comedy film Harold.
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    In July 2008, Attell began hosting The Gong Show with Dave Attell for Comedy Central.
    More Details Hide Details Like the 1970s version, the show had a rotating panel of celebrity judges grading unusual acts. Other notable television roles for Attell:
    However, The Gong Show with Dave Attell aired only from July to September 2008.
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    In May 2008, Attell announced a casting call on his MySpace page for Comedy Central's relaunch of The Gong Show.
    More Details Hide Details Attell was host, along with Greg Fitzsimmons serving as head writer on the series.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    Attell also appeared on Comedy Central's Last Laugh in 2007.
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    In 2007, Attell appeared in the Michael Addis film, Heckler.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 38
    In 2003, Attell began appearing semi-regularly on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.
    More Details Hide Details The show featured many of the performers he works with every day at the underground comedy club the Comedy Cellar and is based on the conversations they would have off-stage at the Olive Tree Cafe, the restaurant above the club. The unscripted show was canceled in November 2004.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    The same year the network signed him on as a regular commentator on their satirical news show The Daily Show. When he arrived in 1999, the show was just finding its audience after the departure of host Craig Kilborn and the arrival of Jon Stewart, an old friend of Attell's from the New York comedy circuit.
    More Details Hide Details The three-year stint gave Attell access to a mass audience on a regular basis (The Daily Show has done much the same for comedians Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Lewis Black and others). Attell's series of commentary on the show was called "The Ugly American".
    In 1999 the network issued Attell an installment in their Comedy Central Presents series.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 30
    In 1995, Attell appeared as Squiggly Dave on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
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    He was a featured performer on the 1995 Young Comedians Special hosted by Garry Shandling.
    More Details Hide Details He was given his own 60-minute special on the channel's HBO Comedy Showcase. Subsequently, Attell was also given an episode of HBO Comedy Half-Hour in 1997. Attell's first one-hour special, Captain Miserable aired December 8, 2007 on HBO.
    In 1995, Attell was featured on two HBO specials: alongside up-and-comers Louis C.K., Anthony Clark, Eric Tunney and Dave Chappelle.
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  • 1993
    Age 28
    Perhaps his biggest break was achieved on November 23, 1993, when he made his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
    More Details Hide Details The appearance was seen by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, who then recruited Attell to be a writer, and occasional performer, on SNL. Attell can be seen behind Chris Farley during the famous "Rudy Giuliani Inauguration" sketch. Attell worked on the show for the '93–'94 season.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    Attell's first appearance on television was in 1988 on VH1's Stand-Up Spotlight, which also featured early appearances by Lewis Black, Margaret Cho, Jeff Garlin, Jay Mohr and Wanda Sykes.
    More Details Hide Details The show was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell.
  • 1987
    Age 22
    After graduating from New York University in 1987 with a degree in communications, Attell worked menial jobs during the day and put in his time at comedy clubs at night.
    More Details Hide Details He worked his first gig at Governor's in Levittown and, according to Attell, "totally bombed".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Born on January 18, 1965.
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