Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Comic writer and satirist David Misch to speak at SATE '13 Experience Design conference Oct 3-4 in Savannah


SATE '13 Storytelling segment chair Adam Bezark says, "We're super excited to have David Misch joining us for the SATE '13 "Story" segment! David is a longtime comedy writer for TV, film and books. His insights into the heart of comedy are helpful for any storyteller, and he backs his principles up with fun examples from old movies, TV shows and comedy routines. It's a fast-paced look at the science of laughter. Come join us and share the hilarity!"

David Misch
"Storytelling" speaker, SATE '13 Experience Design conference, Oct 3-4 in Savannah, hosted by the Themed Entertainment Association and presented by Christie®.

After graduating from Pomona College, David moved to Boston, where he wrote political satire, hosted a live music radio show, and performed as a comic folksinger and stand-up comedian at colleges, coffeehouses and nightclubs in New England and the Midwest. His song “Somerville” was released nationally by Fretless Records and he was named “Best Comedian In Boston” by Boston Magazine.

He moved to California to write for “Mork and Mindy”, which was nominated for two Emmy awards. He also co-wrote “Leave It To Dave”, the pilot for David Letterman’s first talk-show. He’s since written, created and/or produced programs for all the major networks and many of the major (and minor) cable outlets. Among his credits: he co-wrote and directed an episode of the syndicated series “Monsters” which was chosen for competition at the Banff International Television Festival; Executive Producer of “Duckman” (USA), nominated for multiple Emmys, winner of the CableACE and Banff awards for “Best Animated Series”; Executive Story Editor on the legendary Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker series “Police Squad!”; co-writer and producer of “Callahan”, a pilot later screened at the Los Angeles Museum of Art Television Festival; guest writer on “Saturday Night Live.”

David was Executive Consultant on “She Spies” (chosen as one of “5 TV Spies To Love” by Time Magazine) and wrote the TV-movie “Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork and Mindy’” (NBC). In features, he was Special Consultant on THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (TriStar). His screenplays include SUMMER HOUSE (MGM); CONVENTION, and DEFROSTED (Touchstone); GIRL-GRABBERS FROM VENUS, FAST FORWARD, and DISTURBING THE PEACE (Warner Brothers).

David’s had one-act plays produced at The Three Roses Players, The Blank Theatre, the Burbage Theater Ensemble and HBO Workspace, Pepsico Summerfare (Purchase, NY) and Manhattan Punch Line; his full-length play “Occupied” is scheduled for production this winter in Los Angeles.

David’s comic prose has been published on NationalLampoon.com and collected in May Contain Nuts (Harper-perennial); he also blogs for The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com/david-misch). His book “Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy” (Applause/Hal Leonard) has been called “the best book on comedy ever written by David Misch” and been featured on dozens of TV and radio shows and podcasts.

David’s spoken on comedy at many venues, including Columbia University, Fordham University, Cooper Union, Hunter College, the American Film Institute, the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles), the California Women’s Conference (Long Beach), the 92nd St. Y (New York), the Crawford Family Forum (KPCC Pasadena Public Radio), the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, the VIEW Digital Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy), the Chicago and Boston Public Libraries, Pepperdine University, San Francisco State College (the inaugural Jack Oakie Foundation lecture), Electronic Arts, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, the Chicago Tribune Book Festival, and the West Hollywood Book Fair.

David’s taught musical satire at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music (one of his guests was “Weird
Al” Yankovic), “Funny: A Survey of American Comedy” at the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles), and “Practical Foundations of Comedy” at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. More information at davidmisch.com and funnythebook.com; Facebook: funnythebook, Twitter: @funnythebook.