David shares memories of Robin Williams and “Mork and Mindy” on “TV Confidential” with Ed Robertson.

Thursday, Sept. 18 – Pacific Palisades, CAPacPal

Find out “The History of Ha!” at Pacific Palisades Library; 6:30 PM, free.  (Click flyer at right for details.)

Tuesday, Sept. 23 – Los Angeles

“Comedy and Morality” at USC’s Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism; private.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Los Angeles

“Understanding Comedy: The Rules” at Boston University Los Angeles; private.

Saturday, Oct. 11 – Westwood, CA

David reveals (but, thankfully, doesn’t sing) “The 15 Greatest Satirical Songs” at UCLA Extension; 10 AM, $15; info and tickets here.

(This class is an introduction to “The World of Musical
, a course David will teach in Spring 2015.)

Sunday, Oct. 26 – Burbank, CA

“Understanding Comedy: The Rules” at Flappers Comedy Club; 1-4 PM, $75; info and tickets here.


Jan. 25: “Understanding Comedy: The Rules”
The Writers Store, Burbank CA
(available now; $79.99 thru 12/31/14)

March: Australia! (dates, venues announced soon)

March 19: “Gilbert & Sullivan & Beyond”
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach (available now)

April 7: “Understanding Comedy: The Rules”
Yale University (private)

April 8: “OucHa!: Why Pain Is Hilarious (If It’s Someone Else’s)”
92nd St. Y, New York (available soon)

April 7: “Understanding Comedy: The Rules”
The Actors Studio (New York) (private)

May-June: “The World of Musical Satire”
UCLA Extension (dates announced soon)



YoungstownDavid’s recent talk in Ohio was ably reported by WFMJ, Youngstown’s news leader.  (Click photo on right to see; for more video than you could possibly stand, click here.)

 David has essays in two upcoming books…

“The F-Word” is in “Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions” (Simon & Schuster / Beyond Words; Feb. 2015)

“Ha!/Aah!: The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror” will be in “Sidesplitting: sLaughter in Popular Cinema”; John A. Dowell, Johnson Cheu, eds.

David’s “Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy” is available in print and interactive e-book editions, and wherever fine (and, let’s be honest, also sucky) books are sold.  CLICK HERE TO BUY; for more info, click book cover on left.

Reviews the author totally didn’t pay for:

“Lives up to its title… brilliant.” – Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader
“Really funny.” – Mark C. Miller, Huffington Post
“Comedic gold.” – BookBub


David reveals Obama’s new spy restrictions in The Huffington Post.


Thanks to Jason Alexander, Ed Asner, Kristen Miller, Charles Shaughnessy, Phil Proctor and everyone else in the reading of David’s pilot “Doug and Cindy” at the Writers Guild of America, west.



During the 2012 Michigan Republican primary, Mitt Romney declared that Michigan trees were “the right height”.  Here with a belated but heartfelt rebuttal, is a tree (click photo on right for video):



David endures five minutes of brutal interrogation by Gene Lavanche of FOX 25 (Dedham); click photo at left to view.