He has starred in 8 television series worldwide. He has done command performances for the Pope and the President of the United States. His television programs and live shows have been critically acclaimed on five continents. But where did it all begin?
Born in Indianapolis the third child in a family of four, David began his television career on a local program at the age of five and his stage career, with the Royal Danish Ballet, at seven. While still a child his family moved to Atlanta where he studied acting and writing at The Actors and Writers Workshop under Walter Roberts, Julia Roberts father. His high school years found him in the Philadelphia area where he went on to perform Shakespeare. But his real passion was comedy so at the ripe old age of 14 he started doing stand up in any venue he could find. In his college years he had a comedy radio program as well. In his junior year at Temple University he went on a study abroad program to Rome Italy. This was a major turning point in both his private life and his career. Within a year he went from foreign student to television phenomenon.
"I was looking at Italy, and then, all of a sudden, Italy was looking at me" David recalls. It was there that he would develop his now famous "ZED" persona blending his comedy experience with his classical training. Since then he has appeared on television around the world. He has performed on Italian, Japanese, British, German, Spanish, Swiss, Canadian and Venezuelan Television. For five years he had his own weekly series for the Orbit Satellite television network, broadcasting to Europe, North Africa and the Middle east.
Then there are the live shows. A high brow theater program for "La Scala di Milano". Show tours of Italy. Comedy clubs in North America and Great Britain. He is a paid regular at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. He plays Tahoe, Las Vegas and Laughlin. He has been a featured performer at the Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo and Hannover (Germany) comedy festivals. In the Middle East he has done shows for the Entertainment City amusement park in Kuwait and the Wonderland Water Park in Dubai, U.A.E. . In Japan he wowed them at the Nikko Toyohashi resort hotel, in a Vegas style review.
His success has been such an international phenomenon that he has been the subject of a special report on CNN. "But man does not live by Zed alone" as David is fond of saying and so he finds time for straight acting and comedy writing. As a voice artist he's had a top 40 hit record in Europe. He's dubbed and voiced literally hundreds of films, cartoons, and computer and arcade games. (Like Lucas Arts "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" and "Maniac Mansion 2 Day of the Tentacle.")
The Tonight Show
The Today Show
An Evening at the Improv
Caroline's Comedy Hour
Last Comic Standing
The Festival at Ford's Theater(ABC)
Showtime's Comedy Club Network
Mr. Fantasy (RAI)
Il Festivale di San Remo (RAI)
Pronto Raffaella? (RAI)
Galassia 2 (RAI)
Quelli che il Calcio (RAI)
The Saturday Zoo with Jonathan Ross (BBC)
The Big Stage (Channel Five)
The Jack Dee Show (Channel Four)
Yuk Yuk's Comedy Clubs and the Toronto International Comedy Festival
The Tom Gottchalk Late Night Mit Show
Comefes today (Series "Today's ZED")
Chojin Coliseum (TBS)
Five Years as writer and star of the MR. ZED SHOW for the Orbit Satellite television network pay per view broadcasting to 25 countries from Great Britain to Oman.
International Comedy Festivals
The Tokyo Comedy
The Toronto Comedy Festival
The Chicago Comedy Festival
Mr. Zed has done command performances for the Pope and the President of the United States.
He's been on the road with various versions of "The Zed Show". He did two years on tour in the legitimate theater with Carmelo Bene in a show sponsored by La Scala di Milano "La Cena delle Beffe" in Italy.
He's starred in industrials for Opel and Renault automobiles, Fujitsu-Siemens computers, Banyon computer systems, AMC cookware and the Castiflex Mattress Company.
He has done the U.S. Comedy club circuit the highlights of which to date include becoming a paid regular at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. A series of shows for the Six Flags amusement park "Astro World" in Houston Texas. Bookings in Las Vegas at: The Vegas Improv, The Riviera (as host of "Splash") and The Aladdin, as well as Caesar's Tahoe and the Edgewater hotel in Laughlin Nevada. In New York he plays Catch a Rising Star, Stand Up New York and The Comic Strip.
He has done live promotional shows for the Orbit Satellite Television Network in the Middle East the highlights of which include: High tech communications trade shows in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The grand re-opening of the Entertainment City Amusement park in Kuwait City, Kuwait and the grand opening of the Wonderland Water Park in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Banyon computer Systems
Six Flags AstroWorld Houston Texas, U.S.A.
Entertainment City Kuwait City, Kuwait
Wonderland Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Comedy Store Hollywood
The Improv Las Vegas, Santa Monica and Melrose
Beverly Hills Road House
Hornblowers Ventura Cal.
The Edgewater Hotel Laughlin Nevada
The Aladdin Casino Las Vegas Nevada
The Riviera Casino Las Vegas Nevada
Funny Bones Philadelphia Penna
Catch a Rising Star N.Y.C.
Standup New York, N.Y.C.
The Comic Strip N.Y.C.
The Comedy Store London
The Bearcat London
The Hackney Empire Theatre