The David Steinberg Show

The David Steinberg Show is the title of two separate shows which featured stand-up comedian David Steinberg.

The David Steinberg Show (1972)Edit

The first iteration of The David Steinberg Show ran on CBS television in the United States for five weeks in the summer of 1972. This series was an hour-long sketch comedy show, in which Steinberg was the only regular. Other sketch roles were played by the two or three guest stars Steinberg would introduce each week.[1]

The David Steinberg Show (1976)Edit

The David Steinberg Show
GenreComedy/Variety
StarringDavid Steinberg
Bill Saluga
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkCTV Television Network
Original release1976 (1976) –
1977 (1977)

Four years later, Steinberg starred in a comedy/variety series also called The David Steinberg Show, which was produced in Canada for the CTV Network and was seen in the US in syndication. The series ran during 1976-77 television season, and lasted 24 episodes. This series was partly modelled on The Jack Benny Program, in that it was largely about the behind-the-scenes adventures of the cast of a variety show and their friends. Each episode included material from the "variety show" that was being produced, as well as backstage segments.[2] Most of the episodes were released on a 3-disc DVD set and Amazon Prime Video but 3 episodes, "Phyllis Diller", "Elliott Gould" and "Richard Pryor", were not on included on either and a further episode, "Norm Crosby", is not on Amazon.

Supporting CastEdit

The supporting cast featured a number of people who would go on to greater fame on SCTV, and many Steinberg cast members were, in fact, simultaneously working on the first season of SCTV, which debuted the same week as The David Steinberg Show. SCTV cast members doing "double duty" on Steinberg included Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas and John Candy. Martin Short, also a Steinberg regular, would later become a cast member of SCTV, but not until 1982. (Amusingly, after he joined SCTV, Short would actually end up portraying Steinberg in an SCTV sketch.)[3]

SCTV stalwart Andrea Martin also appeared in a few episodes of The David Steinberg Show, but not as a regular.

The cast of the 1976-77 edition of The David Steinberg Show were:

  • David Steinberg as himself, the genial but beleaguered host of a variety show.
  • Bill Saluga as Vinnie DeMilo and as Ray J. Johnson. Vinnie is the owner of the nearby "Hello Deli", and David's chief confidante. The cigar-chomping Ray J. Johnson, a separate character, occasionally drops by the show (but never the deli) to interrupt David's monologues with his own rambling observations.
  • Trudy Young as Margie, the friendly Hello Deli waitress.
  • John Candy as Spider Reichman, the wide-eyed, hippie-ish bandleader. Candy also provided the voice of Vinnie's cook, who is frequently heard in the offstage Hello Deli kitchen, but is never seen onscreen.
  • Joe Flaherty as Kirk Dirkman, a deliveryman who rather improbably becomes a network executive overseeing David's show.
  • Martin Short as Johnny Del Bravo, David's obnoxious, narcissistic, talent-free cousin who is the "featured singer" on the show.
  • Dave Thomas as James MacGregor, the show's excitable Scottish security guard.
  • Blue as Bambi Markowitz, David's ditzy, incompetent secretary/assistant.

Episode air dates and Special GuestsEdit

No. in
series
Original air date Guest
1 24 Sep. 1976 James Coco
2 1 Oct. 1976 Milton Berle
3 8 Oct. 1976 Tommy Smothers
4 15 Oct. 1976 Adrienne Barbeau
5 22 Oct. 1976 Ed McMahon
6 29 Oct. 1976 Conrad Bain
7 12 Nov. 1976 Phyllis Diller
8 19 Nov. 1976 Elliott Gould
9 26 Nov. 1976 Jon Voight
10 3 Dec. 1976 Avery Schreiber
11 10 Dec. 1976 Scatman Crothers and Mason Reese
12 17 Dec. 1976 Peggy Cass
13 11 Jan. 1977 Ethel Merman
14 18 Jan. 1977 Robert Vaughn
15 25 Jan. 1977 Ruth Buzzi
16 1 Feb. 1977 Anthony Davis
17 8 Feb. 1977 Marcia Wallace
18 15 Feb. 1977 Joseph Campanella
19 22 Feb. 1977 Norm Crosby
20 8 Mar. 1977 Bill Macy and Samantha Harper
21 15 Mar. 1977 Bob and Ray
22 22 Mar. 1977 Rip Taylor
23 12 Apr. 1977 Michele Lee
24 19. Apr 1977 Richard Pryor

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim and Earle Marsh: The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-present, 8th edition, Ballantine Books, 2003
  2. ^ Hicks, Wesseley: Unique David Steinberg Show, Ottawa Citizen, June 5, 1976.
  3. ^ "SCTV Guide - Episodes - Series 5 Cycle 4".

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