EVENTS

Thurs., Dec. 18 – Westwood, Cal. (private)
The History of Ha! / The Jewish Question”; Westwood Horizons

Sat., Jan. 24 – Burbank, Cal.
“Understanding Comedy: The Rules”; The Writers Store
2:30-5:30 PM; info & tickets here: $79.99 thru 12/31/14

Sun., Feb. 8 – Burbank, Cal.
“Comedy: The Psychology of Ha!”; Flappers
12N-3 PM; $49; info & tickets here

Feb. 24: Book publication
“Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics and Atheists”
(Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words); includes David’s essay, “The F-Word”

Wed., March 11 – Sydney, Australia
“Understanding Comedy: The Rules”
Harold Park Hotel Glebe (Epiphany International Artists)
6:30 PM; tickets available soon

Thurs., March 12 – Sydney, Australia
“Comedy and Morality”; University of Sydney

Mon., March 16 – Pasadena, Cal.
David and other authors read from
“Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists”
(see Feb. 24); Vroman’s Bookstore, 7 PM, free

Tues., March 24 – New York City
David and other authors read from
“Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists”
(see Feb. 24); KGB Bar, 7 PM, free

Tues., April 7 – New Haven, Ct.
“Understanding Comedy: The Rules”; Yale University (private)

Wed., April 8 – New York City
“OucHa!: Why Pain Is Hilarious (If It’s Someone Else’s)”
92nd St. Y, 7 PM (click here for tickets)

Thurs., April 9 – New York City (private)
“Understanding Comedy: The Rules”The Actors Studio

Sun., May 3 – Los Angeles
“Comedy and Morality”; Skirball Cultural Center, 2 PM, free

Starting Wed., May 13 – Westwood, Ca.
“The World of Musical Satire”
  5 weekly 2-hour classes; 5/22-6/19, 10 AM
UCLA Extension / Osher Institute  (tickets available soon)

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NEWS

David discussed the impact of “The Colbert Report” with Josh Zepps and the New York Times‘ Bill Carter on HuffPost Live.

David remembers Robin Williams and “Mork and Mindy” on “TV Confidential” with Ed Robertson.

YoungstownDavid’s talk in Ohio was ably reported by WFMJ, Youngstown’s news leader.  (Click photo on right to see; for more video than you can 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.

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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

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

WGA1

 

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.

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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):

 

 FOX25

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