David Steinberg: Comedian, Director, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”

The National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution present

David Steinberg: Comedian, Director, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”

Tue, August 1, 2017

10:45 am

Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater


Off Sale

Director of Seinfeld, Friends, and more, David Steinberg joins the Comedy and the Human Condition series produced in partnership with the National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution. 

The five-day series will include:

  • Exploring the politics of comedy and political satire — comedy often serves as our greatest mirror, a unique conduit of truth.
  • Venturing into the writers’ room for insight into the craft of comedy for television and film.
  • Traveling the globe to see if there is such a thing as “universally funny”
  • Discussing when has a joke gone too far? We consider issues of free speech and ask, “Is there such a thing as too offensive?”

Free Shuttles from Jamestown to Chautaqua Availible:

Depart: 9:30am 

Gateway Train Station (festival headquarters and future site of the NCC) 211 West 2nd Street, Jamestown  



David Steinberg
David Steinberg
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.
Venue Information:
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
One Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722