Date of Birth : Apr 4th 1964
In 1990, a new type of comedy scene started to emerge at a tiny club called Catch a Rising Star. Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Louis C.K. and other headier comics pretty much took over the place a couple nights a week. After awhile, Cross got twelve other performer/writers together to form the sketch comedy group called Cross Comedy. They had a new show every week, and would often do things to mess with the audience. For example, they would introduce fake comics or plant fake hecklers in the audience. After awhile, they found a really devoted audience. “Cross Comedy” was the first time that David actually focused himself and really got into working on his comedy. Before that he mostly partied and did some stand-up just to get by.
Cross began his professional television career as a writer on The Ben Stiller Show. The short-lived Fox Network program hired him toward the end of the series’ run, and he occasionally made brief appearances in the sketches. Most notably, he had a speaking role in one of the show’s most ambitious sketches, “The Legend of T.J. O’Pootertoot”, which was written almost entirely by Cross.
Cross later teamed up with Bob Odenkirk to produce a feature film, based on one of their Mr. Show characters, called Run Ronnie Run. The film was satirical of the reality TV craze, and had cameos from many stars. However, Cross and Odenkirk came into creative conflict with the director, Troy Miller, and after nearly two years of production, New Line Cinema sent it straight to DVD. In 1994 and again in 1999, Cross was a guest voice actor on Joe Frank’s radio show, featured in the episodes “The Last Run”, “A Hearing”, “The O.J. Chronicles” and finally, “Jam”.
In April 2005, Cross criticized stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy in a Rolling Stone interview, saying “It’s a lot of anti-gay, racist humor — which people like in America — all couched in ‘I’m telling it like it is.’ He’s in the right place at the right time for that gee-shucks, proud-to-be-a-redneck, I’m-just-a-straight-shooter-multimillionaire-in-cutoff-flannel-selling-ring-tones act. That’s where we are as a nation now. We’re in a state of vague American values and anti-intellectual pride.” This caused Larry to devote a chapter to Cross and the “P.C. left” in his book GIT-R-DONE, claiming that Cross had “screwed with my fans, it was time for me to say something”. Cross responded with an Open Letter to Larry the Cable Guy posted on his website. He continues to mock Larry in his stand-up, and satirized Blue Collar TV during a guest appearance on Wonder Showzen. In December 2005, he ended his performance on Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh ’05” by yelling “GIT-R-DONE!”, Larry the Cable Guy’s catch phrase, mockingly to the audience as he left the stage. He also pokes fun at Larry the Cable Guy’s comedy in Freak Show, with a character called “Danny the Plumber Guy”.