A native of Canada, David Steinberg grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A comedian/actor/director/producer, Steinberg first gained attention in the 1960s as a member of the famed Second City comedy troupe, and for his stand-up appearances on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He was especially known for his “mad psychiatrist” character, and for coining the phrase, “Boogah, boogah!”
Steinberg became a regular guest on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, making well over 100 appearances. He also starred in the Canadian-produced The David Steinberg Show in 1972, helping to launch the careers of Second City alums Martin Short and John Candy, among others.
In the 1980s and 1990s Steinberg all but disappeared from in front of the camera, and became a well-known sit-com director. He directed such shows as Seinfeld, Mad About You and Designing Women, for which he was executive producer during its final year on the air.
In 2005 Steinberg resumed television appearances, hosting Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg, which he also executive produces, on TV Land.
David and author Judy Steinberg are divorced and have two daughters, Rebecca and Sasha.… Expand
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