Dave Attell - Personal Life and Career

Dave Attell, born January 18, 1965 in Queens, is an American stand-up comedian, the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell and The Gong Show with Dave Attell.

Personal Life

Dave Attell was born in Queens and raised on Long Island. Dave Attell graduated in 1987 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. He got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties being indecisive as to what he should do after college.

After some 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.When not on the road, Attell enjoys unwinding by watching his favorite NHL team, the Montreal Canadiens.


Dave Attell He worked his first gig at Governor's in Levittown and, according to Attell, "totally bombed". After years of honing his act, he found himself being described as "the comedian's comedian". While the audience didn't always follow his up-front delivery, fellow comedians also part of his audience were refreshed by his originality. Comedian Dave Attell is well known for his television appearances. His first appearance on television was in 1988 on VH1's Stand-Up Spotlight; the show was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell.

What can be taken as his biggest break until now was on November 23, 1993 when he made his debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. There was seen by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, who then recruited Attell to be a writer, and occasional performer, on SNL. Attell worked on the show for the '93-'94 season.

In 1995, comedian Dave Attell was featured on two HBO specials: featured performer on the 1995 Young Comedians Special, hosted by Garry Shandling and his own 60-minute special on the channel's "HBO Comedy Showcase". Also in 1995, Attell appeared on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, which was the start of a long-standing relationship between Attell and Comedy Central.He was also given an episode of HBO Comedy Half-Hour in 1997.

In 1999 the network issued Attell an installment in their ever-popular Comedy Central Presents series. The same year the network signed him on as a regular commentator on their satirical news show The Daily Show. Attell's series of commentary on the show was called "The Ugly American".

In 2003, comedian Dave Attell began appearing semi-regularly on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. The unscripted show was canceled in November 2004 due to poor ratings and controversial subject matter.In 2007, Attell appeared in the Michael Addis film, Heckler and on Comedy Central's Last Laugh.

In July 2008, Attell begins hosting The Gong Show with Dave Attell for Comedy Central. Like the 1970's version, the show had a rotating panel of celebrity judges grading unusual acts. The show was only broadcasted until September 2008.

Dave Attell also had some notable television roles like "Dave" in a couple of the early episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, The voice of "Frank Demore" on Crank Yankers, "Brad Campbell" on Ed and Himself on Arrested Development. Attell has also been on numerous talk shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Last Call with Carson Daly. He is also a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and has also appeared on Opie & Anthony.

On June 3, 2009, Attell performed at Funny for Fido, a benefit to help homeless animals in New York City. In January 2010, he co-hosted the AVN Awards show, along with porn actresses Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross.

As far as his film career goes, Attell played the roles of "Don" in Los Enchiladas! And in the short film The Office Party, once again played the role of "Don", written and directed by Daily Show producer Chiara Edmands.Dave Attell also played the bumbling corporate lackey, "Frank" in Pootie Tang and "Efram the Driver" in the Independent feature My Suicidal Sweetheart. Also Dave Attell had a cameo appearance in the film Abby Singer as well as Scary Movie 4. Though not a film, the video game Outlaw Golf 2 featured the voice of Attell as the Color Commentator.

In 2008 Dave plays the character Barker in comedy film Harold and he voiced the GPS on the Mystery Machine in the 2010 film Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.

Insomniac with Dave Attell was one of Attell's notorious television shows. It features Attell walking the streets of America's greatest cities late at night, meeting the people in a haze of ecstatic inebriation. The show occasionally went overseas.Memorable episodes include a visit to Chicago's world-famous The Wieners Circle, where the staff routinely got in cursing matches with their customers, and a visit to a Phoenix nudist camp.Attell has said that he decided to more-or-less end Insomniac because the show had gotten too popular to establish a level of spontaneity, so he would more than likely do a few specials in other countries where it is not as popular

In present, comedian Dave Attell can be seen touring occasionally. He is a mainstay on the New York comedy circuit and performs several times a week at the Comedy Cellar.

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