David Cross
Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and actor
David Cross
David Cross is an American actor, writer and stand-up comedian known primarily for his standup work, the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, and his role as Tobias Fünke in the Fox sitcom Arrested Development. Additionally Cross created, wrote, executive produced, and starred in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, had a prominent role in the Comedy Central animated sitcom Freak Show, and has a recurring role in the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
Biography
David Cross's personal information overview.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Amber Tamblyn Reveals She's Expecting A Baby Girl In Powerful Essay About Motherhood
Huffington Post - 4 months
In a timely new essay for Glamour about the challenges of motherhood, Amber Tamblyn revealed that she is expecting her first child with her husband, David Cross.  The 33-year-old actress has been contributing to the magazine this election season, previously authoring a powerful condemnation of Donald Trump’s unrelenting misogyny in light of the many sexual assault allegations against the Republican presidential nominee.  Writing about how sharing her own experience with sexual assault allowed her mother to do the same, Tamblyn explored the the legacy of the “boys will be boys” mentality that’s handed down from one generation of women to another. “Motherhood has been heavily on my mind because I am going to be a mother soon. I’m pregnant, with a daughter on the way,” Tamblyn wrote. “Is it possible to protect her from inheriting this pain? How much do I have to do, as a daughter and a soon-to-be mother, to change not just the conversation about how women are seen, but the lang ...
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David Cross Talks About What Projects He's Most Excited About
Huffington Post - about 1 year
These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by David Cross, Performer, writer & producer; w/ Bob and David, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, on Quora. Q: What projects are you currently working on and which are you most excited about releasing? A: Well, my latest tour, "Making America Great Again," is going to take up half of the year and it's been six long years since I've been out so I am very excited about that. It's exhausting (especially now that I am an old man) but it's soooo worth it. There's truly nothing better than stand-up. When the tour is done, I will finish up working on a show for Sky in the U.K. that I am really enthusiastic about. It's a bit different for me in that it is more dramatic and serious than anything I've done to date. It still has a lot of comedic moments, but nothing broad or farcical in any way; very much grounded in reality. I ...
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Tony Hale Teases A More Bluth-Centric Season Of 'Arrested Development'
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
Heeeeeeey, brother. Beloved by many but watched by few, "Arrested Development" was resurrected by Netflix in 2013, seven years after Fox pulled the plug on the criminally low-rated sitcom. Where were you then, America?! But the fourth season of the cult series -- the first on the streaming service -- provoked a mixed response, due largely to its frustrating narrative structure. Each episode centered around a single character, severely decreasing the amount of big family scenes, which remain some of the strongest in the series' history. (The chicken dance, anyone?) We sat down recently with actor Tony Hale, who plays Byron "Buster" Bluth, the baby of the Bluth family, to discuss what's in store for the series fifth season, his all-time favorite Buster scene and how the Bluths will be more united than ever.   Once described as "odd and alienating" in our all-time favorite episode, "Public Relations," Buster quickly made his mark, participating in some of the series' most me ...
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David Cross On How He Prepares For Standup
Huffington Post - about 1 year
These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by David Cross, Performer, writer & producer; w/ Bob and David, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, on Quora. Q: How do you prepare for standup comedy? A: For something as big and fully realized as a tour, I will cull all of the ideas jotted down on scraps of paper and bits I've been doing (can't really call it "working on") here and there at various friends' shows or benefits or the occasional music fest, and pick out the stuff that I think is the strongest. Then I work on those bits and ideas and flesh them out more fully onstage. I ALWAYS tape my sets during this part of the process and then listen back, and eventually try to get rid of all of the meandering riffing and edit them down to the core idea (I can always play around with the idea and riff once I know I've got it down). I do this because, unfortunately, I can' ...
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David Cross announces 2 Chicago shows
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Comedian David Cross plans to perform two shows in Chicago in March as part of a three-month tour that begins later this month. The "Arrested Development" star is slated to host a 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. show March 16 at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale...
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How Streaming Platforms Are Ushering in the Future of Comedy—and Television
Yahoo News - over 1 year
When Netflix CEO Reed Hastings famously told GQ in 2013 that his goal for Netflix's original programming was to "become HBO faster than HBO can become us," it was easy to assume that he was referring to expensive, star-studded tentpole dramas. After all, Hastings and Netflix had just dropped over $100 million for Kevin Spacey, David Fincher, and House of Cards in an attempt to follow the HBO blueprint that Showtime, FX, AMC, and others have mimicked over the last 15 years. Yet, while House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black have garnered dozens of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and Netflix's deal with Marvel has produced two compelling superhero adaptations ( Daredevil and Jessica Jones —which will be released Friday and is very good) , Netflix's comedies have generally been more interesting, experimental, and frankly, better. BoJack Horseman is a sharp, emotionally wrenching look at Hollywood stardom and depression. The NBC import Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt keeps the joke-per-sec ...
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Bob Odenkirk, David Cross revive their brand of silly on Netflix's 'W/Bob and David'
LATimes - over 1 year
Long before making their respective marks in "Breaking Bad," "Arrested Development" and "Kung Fu Panda," Bob Odenkirk and David Cross were comic partners-in-arms in "Mr. Show," a little-seen cult sketch-comedy show that zeroed in on the surreal and silly. A quirky, often ribald, mix of taped skits...
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Bob Odenkirk, David Cross revive their brand of silly on Netflix's 'W/Bob and David'
LATimes - over 1 year
Long before making their respective marks in "Breaking Bad," "Arrested Development" and "Kung Fu Panda," Bob Odenkirk and David Cross were comic partners-in-arms in "Mr. Show," a little-seen cult sketch-comedy show that zeroed in on the surreal and silly. A quirky, often ribald, mix of taped skits...
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Bob Odenkirk, David Cross revive their brand of silly on Netflix's 'W/Bob and David'
LATimes - over 1 year
Long before making their respective marks in "Breaking Bad," "Arrested Development" and "Kung Fu Panda," Bob Odenkirk and David Cross were comic partners-in-arms in "Mr. Show," a little-seen cult sketch-comedy show that zeroed in on the surreal and silly. A quirky, often ribald, mix of taped skits...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Cross
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On the January 10, 2016, broadcast of the National Public Radio-syndicated quiz show Ask Me Another, Cross appeared as a celebrity guest and performed well enough that at the audience's request the show's producers took the unusual step of allowing him to advance to the show's final, championship round; he then won that round and became that episode's overall champion, winning a prize package that included a pair of denim cutoff shorts that he himself had autographed.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2005, Cross was sued by Nashville club owner Thomas Weber, who accused Cross of taping him without permission for Shut Up You Fucking Baby and Let America Laugh in violation of Weber's privacy rights. In April 2006, the case against Cross himself was dismissed and the case proceeded with Warner Music, Subpop Records, WEA Corporation, and the Alternative Distribution Alliance. In a 2012 interview with Playboy magazine, Cross revealed that he had snorted a small amount of cocaine at the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Cross said, "It wasn’t like I got high It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the president." In April 2005, Cross criticized stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy in a Rolling Stone interview, saying, "It's a lot of anti-gay, racist humor—which people like in America—all couched in 'I'm telling it like it is.' He's in the right place at the right time for that gee-shucks, proud-to-be-a-redneck, I'm-just-a-straight-shooter-multimillionaire-in-cutoff-flannel-selling-ring-tones act. That's where we are as a nation now. We're in a state of vague American values and anti-intellectual pride."
    Cross announced that he would embark on a 51-date nationwide stand-up tour from Jan. 26, 2016, in San Diego through April 24, 2016, in Oklahoma City.
    More Details Hide Details Titled “Making America Great Again!”, it is his first tour in six years.
  • 2015
    In April 2015, episodes were ordered for a new sketch comedy show starring Cross and Odenkirk called W/ Bob & David.
    More Details Hide Details It premiered in November 2015 on Netflix. Cross and Odenkirk write, star in, and produce the show.
  • 2014
    His directorial debut film Hits premiered at 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of selling the film rights to distributors, Cross instead opted to sell the movie over Bit Torrent through their "bundles" program, which BitTorrent launched to help "legitimize" the platform. According to The Verge it is the first feature film to be distributed in such a format. At the same time Cross launched a Kickstarter campaign for the movie's general release which would then distribute the movie using a pay what you want methodology.
  • 2012
    Cross starred alongside Julia Stiles and America Ferrera in It's a Disaster, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the US distribution rights to the film and plans to release it in select theaters, which started on April 13, 2013.
  • 2011
    In August 2011, after four years of dating, Cross became engaged to Amber Tamblyn who is 19 years younger than Cross. The couple wed on October 6, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On September 26, 2013, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler revealed that Cross was the first investor in the crowdfunding platform. Strickler included Cross among the "friends and family" who first financed Kickstarter in 2006.
  • 2010
    On March 29, 2010, his first comedy special in six years, Bigger and Blackerer, was streamed on Epix HD.
    More Details Hide Details A CD with "slightly different content" was released on May 25, 2010.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In September 2009, Cross performed at his own comedy stage at the ATP New York 2009 music festival, for which he picked Eugene Mirman, H.
    More Details Hide Details Jon Benjamin, Jon Glaser, and Derrick Brown & The Navy Gravy to join him. In the same year, Cross and Benjamin created and wrote for Paid Programming on Adult Swim. Paid Programming was not picked up for a full series and Benjamin referred to it as an "abject failure".
    In 2009, Cross released his first book I Drink for a Reason.
    More Details Hide Details The book features memoirs, satirical fictional memoirs, and material from Cross that originally appeared in other publications.
  • 2005
    In 2005, he contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?
    More Details Hide Details " and appeared in one of PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaigns. In the Beastie Boys' 2006 concert film Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! Cross portrays Nathaniel Hörnblowér in the fictional segment "A Day in the Life of Nathaniel Hörnblowér." In I'm Not There, Cross portrays Allen Ginsberg. Both Bill Lawrence and Zach Braff of the TV series Scrubs were eager to have Cross make a cameo appearance on the series as Tobias Fünke, but due to the series' cancellation, the plan never came to fruition. Cross provided commentary on the Vicarious music video DVD for Tool. He has previously performed comedy as an opening act for the band and its members appeared on Mr. Show several times. He portrayed Ian Hawke in Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and voiced Crane in the Kung Fu Panda film franchise.
  • 2004
    In 2004, Cross provided voices for a Marine in Halo 2 and a store clerk named Zero in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the voice of the "Happy-Time Harry" doll and Bert Banana in Aqua Teen Hunger Force (although the part was credited as Sir Willups Brightslymoore). Cross has made guest appearances in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! He directed the music video for The Black Keys' song "10 A.M. Automatic," a spoof of public-access television. Paste Magazine ranked it number 24 on their list of the 50 Best Music Videos of the Decade (2000–2009). Cross appeared in The Strokes' music video for "Juicebox" as a bad local "morning zoo" radio DJ. He also appeared in the New Pornographers' video for "Use It," in Superchunk's video for "Watery Hands" (along with Janeane Garofalo), and in Yo La Tengo's video for "Sugarcube" (along with Bob Odenkirk and John Ennis). Cross contributes to Vice magazine, writing a column, My America.
  • 2003
    In 2003, he released his first tour film Let America Laugh and was named #85 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.
    More Details Hide Details He appears on Un-Cabaret compilation albums, including Freak Weather Feels Different and The Good, the Bad and the Drugly. Cross began his professional television career as a writer on The Ben Stiller Show. The series hired him toward the end of its run, and he occasionally made brief appearances in the sketches. He had a speaking role in "The Legend of T.J. O'Pootertoot", a sketch written almost entirely by Cross. It was during this period that he first met Bob Odenkirk, with whom he would later co-create the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show in 1995. Cross won an Emmy for his work on The Ben Stiller Show in 1993. He later co-starred as Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development, which was originally intended to be only a minor role. He has also played smaller roles on programs such as Just Shoot Me! The Drew Carey Show, NewsRadio, Strangers with Candy, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. From October 2005, Cross regularly appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report as Stephen Colbert's nemesis Russ Lieber, a fictional liberal radio talk show host from Madison, Wisconsin. Cross also developed an animated series for Comedy Central called Freak Show, which co-starred H. Jon Benjamin and was cancelled due to low ratings. He has appeared several times on Wonder Showzen.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Cross continues to perform stand-up comedy in which he blends political commentary and satire. In 1999, he performed a one-hour comedy special, The Pride Is Back, on HBO. He has released three recordings: Shut Up You Fucking Baby! It's Not Funny, and Bigger and Blackerer. Cross' stand up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. In 2004, Shut Up You Fucking Baby! was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
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    Cross also starred in the Joe Frank program Jam, produced in 1999 and has more recently worked with Joe Frank on radio shows for KCRW's Unfictional.
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  • 1994
    Radio artist Joe Frank heard David Cross at Un-Cabaret in Los Angeles, and hired him to appear in Frank's 1994 radio programs, "A Hearing" and "The Last Run" which in 1997 was combined to become "The OJ Chronicles" where David appears as OJ's Valet.
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  • OTHER
  • 1964
    Cross was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 4, 1964, the son of Barry and Susi, the former of whom emigrated from Leeds, England.
    More Details Hide Details Six months after his birth, Cross' family moved to Florida. After additional moves to New York and Connecticut, the family settled back in Roswell, Georgia, where Cross remained for nearly a decade. His family was poor and Barry left the family when Cross was 10 years old; the two have not spoken since he was 19, though they both primarily resided in New York City until Cross sold his home there in 2011. Cross and his family were evicted from their home while living in Georgia. He spent some time living in motels and at friends' homes while growing up. He has two sisters and once bailed his youngest sibling out of jail. At age 17, Cross began performing stand-up comedy. The day after he graduated from Northside High School in Atlanta, Cross relocated to New York City. Lacking a plan, he drifted, working briefly for a lawn care company on Long Island. Later, he enrolled at Emerson College in Boston. He would drop out after only a semester, but during his time there, Cross joined This is Pathetic, a college sketch group, where he met John Ennis. In the summer of 1985, the two aspiring actors took a road trip to Los Angeles, although this did not significantly further their acting careers. In Boston, Cross began to perform stand-up more regularly. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, Boston had a booming comedy scene, although Cross did not fit the types of acts being booked most of the time.
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