As a comedian, David Steinberg, whom The New York Times has called “a cross between Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce,” is second only to Bob Hope in Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show guest appearances. He began his comedy career with Second City and influenced the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Candy and others who followed him there. In the ’70s David capped a prolific career as a stand up comedian with four comedy albums, two Grammy nominations, and a successful nightclub act at the Bitter End in New York that catapulted him into television both as a comedian and a writer.
As a director, David Steinberg has directed many episodes of Friends, Newhart, Seinfeld, Mad About You, Designing Women, which he also executive produced and most recently the hit series Curb Your Enthusiasm for HBO. His work on Seinfeld and Mad About You and Curb Your Enthusiasm earned him several DGA and Emmy Awards and nominations.
Currently, Steinberg has teamed with Steve Carell as Executive Producer and star of ‘Inside Comedy’ a comedy documentary series on Showtime now going into it’s second season. Steinberg interviews some of the biggest names in comedy from Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Martin Short and Sarah Silverman to Don Rickles and Mel Brooks and many more. He is also in his ninth season as a director on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
An Academy Award® winning actor and multiple GRAMMY® winning performer unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, Robin Williams continues to add to his repertoire of indelible characters.
Williams will next be seen in Justin Zackham’s comedy, The Wedding, opposite Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace. The film centers on a long divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) who are being forced to pretend they are still happily married at their son’s wedding. It is expected for release by Lionsgate in fall 2012.
This past November, Williams once again lent his voice and reprised his multiple roles in Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet Two. Williams was joined by such talented performers as Elijah Wood, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, P!nk, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, who all also lent their voices.
This past April, Williams recently received the Stand-Up Icon Award at the 2012 Comedy Awards. In late 2008, Williams returned to his roots as a stand-up comedian with his critically acclaimed, sold-out, Weapons of Self Destruction comedy tour, which was hailed as one of the most successful stand-up comedy tours of the year. Over the course of the tour, Williams performed 90 shows in 65 cities in front of 300,000 fans across the country, as well as internationally in London, Canada and Australia. The tour grossed an astounding $40 million and Weapons was taped over two nights at Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall for an HBO special that premiered as the network’s highest rated stand-up comedy special of 2009. Previously, William’s 2002 comedy special entitled Robin Williams: Live On Broadway became the highest-grossing comedy tour ever and was nominated for five Emmy® Awards.
In 2009, Williams concluded a run on Broadway in Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. His Broadway acting debut earned him tremendous critical praise and a nomination for the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award. In this darkly comic tale, Williams served as narrator as the titular tiger held captive in the Baghdad Zoo. The play followed the intertwined lives of two American marines and one Iraqi gardener as they search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold.
Williams’ additional stage credits include a landmark production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Steve Martin, and a short run in San Francisco of The Exonerated, which tells the true stories of six innocent survivors of death row.
Williams is perhaps most widely revered for his performance as ‘Sean Maguire,’ the therapist who counsels Matt Damon’s math genius character in Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting. His performance earned Williams an Oscar® and Screen Actors Guild award. The Academy previously nominated Williams for Best Actor in The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, and Good Morning Vietnam. Williams also garnered a special honor from the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Robert De Niro in Awakenings. In 2004, Williams received the prestigious Career Achievement Award from the Chicago International Film festival and, in 2005, the HFPA honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.
Williams’ filmography includes a number of blockbusters. In 1993, he starred in Chris Columbus’ Mrs. Doubtfire which became a fan favorite. For Mike Nichols, Williams portrayed ‘Armand Goldman’ in The Birdcage, for which the cast won a SAG ensemble award. In 1996, both The Birdcage and Williams’ adventure film, Jumanji, reached the $100 million mark in the USA in exactly the same week. Williams went on to assume the dual roles of Peter Pan/Peter Banning in Steven Spielberg’s Hook. He later starred as a medical student who treats patients with humor in Patch Adams, and in Disney’s family film, Flubber. In 2006, Williams appeared opposite Ben Stiller in the hit comedy, Night at the Museum. To date, the film has earned over $250 million in the United States alone. In May 2009 he reprised his role as ‘Teddy Roosevelt’ in the sequel, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, which so far has earned another $400 million for the franchise worldwide. In addition, Williams’ award-winning vocal talents helped propel the Warner Bros. animated film, Happy Feet, to almost $400 million at the box office, as well as the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film. In 2009, Williams starred in Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad. The film premiered to raves at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Williams’ performance was touted as one of the best of his career.
In a departure from the usual comedic and family fare he is best known for, Williams collaborated with two accomplished young directors on dramatic thrillers. For Christopher Nolan, he starred opposite Al Pacino as reclusive novelist ‘Walter Finch,’ the primary suspect in the murder of a teenaged girl in a small Alaskan town, in Insomnia. In Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo, Williams played a photo lab employee who becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.
Using only his voice, Williams created one of the most vivid characters in recent memory – the ‘Blue Genie of the Lamp’ in Disney’s Aladdin. The performance redefined how animations were voiced. Audio versions of his one-man shows and the children’s record “Pecos Bill,” have won him five GRAMMY® Awards. Williams also lent his vocal talents to the blockbuster hit animated feature Robots.
Robin Williams first captured the attention of the world as ‘Mork from Ork’ on the hit series Mork & Mindy. Born in Chicago and raised in both Michigan and California, he trained at New York’s Julliard School under John Houseman. Williams made his cinematic debut as the title character in Robert Altman’s Popeye. Additional early motion picture credits include Paul Mazursky’s Moscow on the Hudson, in which he played a Russian musician who decides to defect, and The World According to Garp, George Roy Hill’s adaptation of John Irving’s acclaimed best-selling novel about a writer and his feminist mother.
Offstage, Williams takes great joy in supporting causes too numerous to identify -covering the spectrum from health care and human rights, to education, environmental protection, and the arts. Headlining a number of USO tours, Williams has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan five times to help raise morale among the troops. Williams is perhaps best known philanthropically for his affiliation with “Comic Relief,” which was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization to help America’s homeless. To date, the overall efforts of the “Comic Relief” organization have raised over $50 Million.