David Steinberg Q&A: ‘Inside Comedy’
"As a comedian, I have no range whatsoever," admits David Steinberg during an exclusive Gold Derby webchat. "I am amazed that I've had a career because I can't do anything. I don't sing. I don't dance. I don't do impressions."
Steinberg just finished his third season as host of Showtime's "Inside Comedy." On this lively talker, he discusses comedy and careers with veteran comics and current stars. His guests included Alan Arkin, Jimmy Fallon, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Key and Peele, Dick Van Dyke, and Fred Willard.
His accomplished 45-year career has included a controversial stint with the Smothers Brothers, many stand-up appearances, and ranking as one of Johnny Carson's favorite comedians on "The Tonight Show" (guesting over 130 times, second only to Bob Hope).
Regarding the recent late night turnover and Fallon's ascent to "The Tonight Show" throne, Steinberg thinks, "He's unique as a host in some ways because he has a very open attitude and an automatic warmth that's in his DNA. Hosts have to have a charm, but you don't want to give away too much."
He has also directed dozens of television shows including "Designing Women," "The Golden Girls," "Mad About You," and "Newhart," earning Emmy bids for helming "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld."