David Kirk Traylor

A.k.a. Mr. ZED

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 been on the Tonight show with Jay Leno in the U.S.. 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. (Including 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 (along with Jim Carrey, Robin Willams). 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.

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." )