David Steinberg in conversation with Kelly Carlin

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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David Steinberg
Comedian, director, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”

Recently, The New York Times called David Steinberg “a comic institution himself.” A legendary stand-up comedian of the 1960s through the 1980s, Steinberg’s directing credits include some of the most successful television comedies of the last several decades, including “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Mad About You,” “Newhart” and “The Golden Girls.” 

He is now in his ninth season directing “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and has also directed for the hit series “Weeds.” Steinberg’s work has earned him several Directors Guild of America and Emmy awards and nominations. Steinberg has resume that spans The Second City, Broadway, and a prolific television career. Known for his work on “The Smothers Brothers,” Steinberg’s satiric and controversial “sermons” caught the ire of President Richard Nixon and caused the show to be thrown off the air. One of Johnny Carson’s most popular guests and guest hosts, Steinberg appeared on “The Tonight Show” 140 times — second only to Bob Hope. 

He capped his decades-long stand-up career with four comedy albums and two Grammy nominations. Steinberg has directed several feature films and more than 300 commercials; his honors include two Clio Awards and the prestigious Silver Lion Award at the Cannes International Film Festival. As a writer, he has won the Playboy Humor Award for his parody of the novel Ragtime, and an Emmy nomination for the television special “This Is Sholem Aleichem.” His memoir is called The Book of David.

Kelly Carlin
Author, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George

Kelly Carlin is a writer, public speaker, performer and radio host whose work explores “the big questions of life.” Like her father, George Carlin, she loves to use humor to question the status quo, and she loves to seek out the unique angle into any subject she tackles. But unlike him, she brings a more personal and emotional tone to her work. 

As a child, Carlin explored her own creativity by writing skits and doing imitations, but began her professional life in her teens working behind the scenes with her parents on various shows for HBO that continued into her 20s. While at college, Carlin discovered her voice as a writer, which led her to a career in writing for film and TV with her husband Robert McCall. After her mother’s death, Carlin began exploring autobiographical storytelling through her first one-woman show, Driven to Distraction. She is now host of “The Kelly Carlin Show” on SiriusXM and “Waking from the American Dream” on SModcast Network and tour her show A Carlin Home Companion — also the name of her memoir.

Carlin earned her bachelor's in Communications Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and her masters in Jungian Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.