David Cross Biography, Age, Stand Up, Movies, Television and Interview

David Cross Biography

David Cross is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, and writer, known primarily for his stand-up performances, the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, and his role as Tobias Fünke in the sitcom Arrested Development.

David Cross Age

David was born on 4 April 1964, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He has 55 years.

David Cross Height

He stands at a height of 1.73 m.

David Cross Image

David Cross Image

David Cross Wife

In August 2011, after four years of dating, Cross became engaged to Amber Tamblyn. They married in 2012.

David Cross Rick And Morty

Starred as Prince Nebulon (voice) in the film.

David Cross Men In Black

He starred as Newton in the Movie Men in Black.

David Cross Stand Up

Played the role of Dr. Tobias Fünke.

At age 17, Cross began performing stand-up comedy. The day after he graduated from Northside High School in Atlanta, Cross relocated to New York City. Lacking a plan, he drifted, working briefly for a lawn care company on Long Island. Later, he enrolled at Emerson College in Boston. He would drop out after only a semester, but during his time there, Cross joined This is Pathetic, a college sketch group, where he met John Ennis. In the summer of 1985, the two aspiring actors took a road trip to Los Angeles, although this did not significantly further their acting careers. In Boston, Cross began to perform stand-up more regularly. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, Boston had a booming comedy scene, although Cross did not fit the types of acts being booked most of the time. He recalls that it was “a loud-, dumb-, pandering-, racist-, homophobic-type scene”.

In 1990, a new comedy scene began to emerge at the comedy club chain Catch a Rising Star. Alongside Janeane Garofalo, Louis C.K., and other comics, Cross appeared regularly several nights a week. Cross formed the sketch comedy group “Cross Comedy” with 12 other performers, and they put on a new show every week. They were known for playing tricks on the audience, such as introducing fake comics or planting fake hecklers. Cross became increasingly focused on his comedy work.

Cross later performed at the alternative comedy club Un-Cabaret in Los Angeles, where radio artist Joe Frank heard him, and hired him to appear in Frank’s 1994 radio programs, A Hearing and The Last Run (in 1997 combined to become The OJ Chronicles), where Cross appears as OJ’s valet. Cross also starred in the Joe Frank program Jam, produced in 1999, and has more recently worked with Joe Frank on radio shows for KCRW’s Unfictional

Cross’s stand-up comedy blends political commentary and satire. In 1999, he performed a one-hour comedy special, The Pride Is Back, on HBO. He has released three recordings: Shut Up You Fucking Baby!, It’s Not Funny, and Bigger and Blackerer. Cross’s stand up material was featured in Comedy Central’s animated series Shorties Watchin’ Shorties. In 2004, Shut Up You Fucking Baby! was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. In 2003, he released his first tour film Let America Laugh and was named #85 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. He appears on Un-Cabaret compilation albums, including Freak Weather Feels Different and The Good, the Bad and the Drugly.

Cross announced a 51-date nationwide stand-up tour from Jan. 26, 2016, in San Diego through April 24, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Titled “Making America Great Again!”, it was his first tour in six years

David Cross Sorry To Bother You

Starred as Cash’s white voice in the film

David Cross Scary Movie 2

He played the role of Dwight Hartman

David Cross Tour

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019
    David Cross, Gary Gulman, Rosebud Baker, Aparna Nancherla
    Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn, USA
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019
    David Cross, Gary Gulman, Rosebud Baker & Aparna Nancherla
    Murmrr, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Cheapest in Brooklyn!

David Cross Television






Pete “The Broker” Oakland




Pig Goat Banana Cricket

Thaddeus D. Actwell (voice)


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Russ Snyder


We Bare Bears

Director (voice)



Juan Pablo


Jack (voice)

W/ Bob & David

Various roles


Rick and Morty

Prince Nebulon (voice)


Hank Hickey

Dead Boss

Derek Bridges



Drunk History

Baron von Steuben


The Heart, She Holler



Comedy Bang! Bang!

Himself / Chef


Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole

Jim Belushi / John Belushi (voices)


Modern Family

Duane Bailey

2011, 2018


Noah (voice)


Soul Quest Overdrive

Bert (voice)


The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Todd Margaret


Running Wilde

Dr. Andy Weeks


Kung Fu Panda Holiday



Important Things with Demetri Martin


Paid Programming



David’s Situation



Human Giant

Peter Burns


Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Pizza Boy / James the Pussy Doodles Artist / Lou


Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Ronnie Chase

Odd Job Jack

Julius J (voice)



Randy Harnisch (voice)

Wonder Showzen

T-Totaled Timbo / Junkyard Jessip / Storytime Hostage

Freak Show

Benny / Primi / Various voices

Family Guy

Jerry Kirkwood (voice)


The Colbert Report

Russ Lieber (voice)


Tom Goes to the Mayor

Todd (voice)


Pilot Season

Ben (voice)

2013, 2018

Arrested Development

Dr. Tobias Fünke


Oliver Beene

Future Oliver David Beene (voice)


Crank Yankers

Benjamin Dubois / Ray Shanty (voices)


King of the Hill

Ward Rackley (voice)


Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Happy Time Harry / Bert Banana (voices)


Home Movies

Guy in Grocery Store (voice)


Strangers with Candy

Dr. Trepanning


Just Shoot Me!

Donnie DiMauro



Fear (voice)


Tenacious D

Comic Dressed as Nun


Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

David (voice)


Space Ghost Coast to Coast




David / Theo


The Drew Carey Show



Mr. Show with Bob and David

Various roles


A Bucket of Blood



The Ben Stiller Show

Stage Manager / Boyfriend

David Cross Movies





Toy Story 4

Mr. Potato Head


Sorry to Bother You

Cash’s white voice

Next Gen

Dr. Rice / Q-Bots


The Post

Howard Simons


Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll


Kung Fu Panda 3


Folk Hero & Funny Guy

Chris DeRose


The Wolfpack Project


Pitch Perfect 2

Riff-Off Host




Obvious Child



Kill Your Darlings

Louis Ginsberg

The Gynotician



It’s a Disaster

Glenn Randolph


Fight For Your Right Revisited

Nathaniel Hörnblowér

Megamind: The Button of Doom


Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Ian Hawke

Kung Fu Panda 2



Ken Castro






Ham Sandwich

Year One


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Ian Hawke


The Toe Tactic


Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs


Kung Fu Panda


Secrets of the Furious Five


The Legend of Secret Pass




Man In Space

The Grand

Larry Schwartzman

I’m Not There

Allen Ginsberg

Battle for Terra


Alvin and the Chipmunks

Ian Hawke


Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!

Nathaniel Hörnblowér

She’s the Man

Principal Gold

Curious George

Junior Bloomsberry

School for Scoundrels

Ian Winsky


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Rob Eakin


Melvin Goes to Dinner

Seminar Leader


Life Without Dick


Men in Black II


Martin & Orloff

Dan Wasserman

Run Ronnie Run

Ronnie Dobbs / Pootie T / Chow Chow’s voice


Ghost World


Dr. Dolittle 2

Dog #2

Pootie Tang

Pootie Tang Impostor

Scary Movie 2

Dwight Hartman

One Day…

The Turd


Chain of Fools



Can’t Stop Dancing



Small Soldiers

Irwin Wayfair

The Thin Pink Line

Tommy Dantsbury


Who’s the Caboose?

Jaded Guy

Men in Black



The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Male Radio Caller / Bookstore Man

The Cable Guy

Sales Manager

Waiting for Guffman

UFO Expert


Destiny Turns on the Radio

Ralph Dellaposa

David Cross Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of  $12 million

David Cross Facebook

David Cross Twitter

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David Cross Interview

David Cross interview: ‘I could see that our behavior was not appropriate at all’

Updated: 28 September 2018

David Cross began his comedy career as a standup back home in America, but it’s his role as the terminally awkward Tobias Fünke in sitcom Arrested Development which made him a star on these shores. While his UK-based black comedy series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret was a cult hit, his latest UK show, the bigamy-themed Bliss, didn’t get a second run on Sky One. Now Cross has returned once again to his standup roots, following his popular Making America Great Again show with new tour Oh Come On.

He and the Arrested Development cast members made headlines in May after a group interview for the New York Times in which a tearful Jessica Walter recounted being verbally harassed by Jeffrey Tambor on set, only for her co-stars to defend Tambor’s behaviour. Cross talked to The Independent about his current tour, becoming a new father, and apologising to Walter.

How would you describe your standup show Oh Come On?

Roughly a third of it is dumb jokes that anybody can enjoy, roughly a third is anecdotal stories that happened to me, then roughly a third is topical political-type stuff.

You became a father recently. How did you adjust?

I’m sure that I got a good 20 minutes of material out of it – that’s always a plus. I thought I was going to have a tougher time adjusting to the sleep changes but I actually like getting up earlier and going to bed earlier than I have the most of my life. It’s great and it’s fun; obviously it’s got its difficulties, and I’m thrilled that I get to raise a kid in Brooklyn.

Was it hard to know how many dad jokes to put into your set?

Well, yes it was at first. I got this set together when I had no material, by putting together tons of shows in Brooklyn in small rooms of 99 to 300 people; I would do a Q&A at the end of the set and take notes. I asked: ‘When did it feel like it was time to move on? Did you like this joke? Should I drop this?’ So I got all the necessary feedback from the audience, straight from their mouths.

Sounds like a great idea for gauging people’s reactions. What gave you that idea?

It just made sense. In the beginning it was just me and a bunch of notes and scraps of paper. I taped every set, and seven or eight shows were really rough – it was just me shooting s*** at people. And then as the set started presenting itself, and I was working on the sequencing of it, that’s when I started asking questions. It just seemed to make sense, and my standup is somewhat conversational. It’s not like a guy standing there where you’re hearing my inner monologue, I engage with the audience and they engage with me.

Is there a friend or family member on whom you test out your standup?

My wife [the actress Amber Tamblyn] is very helpful and always has been. There are a couple of bits that I like that I dropped because she pointed out why something might not be that great. My wife’s really good at that, and she takes her hits in this set too… raising a kid with a feminist wife. She’s very affable about it.
Can you tell me how your show evolves from the beginning of a tour to the end?

It evolves in two ways, one is I will ad-lib a line or riff something and that will become part of the set. And then there’s the stuff that’s ever changing with Trump and any kind of newsworthy item that will makes its way into the set. I have something very specific about Trump that is always changing.
Was there anything that you wanted to do differently compared to Making America Great Again?

Not really. I still have the same kind of recipe, and I still don’t drink the day of the show or during the show, which is new as of last tour. I decided to sober up a bit. I drink after the show. But I’ve never ever in my whole career sat down with no material, and said: ‘I’m going to get a new one hour and 15 minute set together.’ That was a new approach and I really enjoyed it. I was able to stay home and see my kid. I would just ride my bike or walk to various gigs.

Was drinking getting in the way of your previous tours?

I wouldn’t say it was getting in the way, but it made the set different, and I like the set now – it’s tighter. I think I get looser than I should be when I’m drinking, which is fun for me, and kinda fun for the audience, but I think the set is better this way. That kind of thing is good if you’re playing to 500 people tops, those are fun to be that loose, but once you move into theatres, it’s just different. Look, I prefer drinking, I would drink if I could, but, as I moved into theatres, it’s a different feeling, it’s a different show, and I’ve got different responsibilities as an entertainer.

You’ve acted, directed and written for film and TV. What is it you love about standup?

Nothing will compare to it. There’s no studio head giving me notes; I don’t have to cut the set down, I don’t have to wait for anybody else to raise funding to get it done – it’s just me and a microphone. The immediacy and the give and take is something I really love.

Why do you think your TV show Bliss didn’t take off in the UK, and how did you feel about that?

I was bummed out that it didn’t get picked up. We had the whole story, we knew exactly where it was going, and me and the other writers were excited about it, and just to finish the story much like the first series – it starts off one way and gets really dark by the end. But if I was doing Bliss, I wouldn’t be doing this tour, I wouldn’t have got this set together, so you know, one door closes, the other opens. As to why it didn’t take off, I don’t know. There were a handful of positive reviews, but it got some pretty bad reviews in the British press. I liked it.
How did you feel about the comments that were directed at yourself and Jason Bateman following the New York Times interview?
Well, the ones that were not just yelling ‘f*** these guys and all the cast’, the ones that were a little more thoughtful, I couldn’t disagree with them. It’s one thing when you’re in the room and then you actually see a transcript or listen to the tape. I understood it. Once I read it, I was like ‘Oh’. I could see that our behaviour was not appropriate at all, and I talked to Jessica and I apologised. We go way back – we’ve been together all of us 15 years. But I couldn’t say that those folks were incorrect. I got it. Just the general observation they made, I agreed with; my wife and I talked about it quite a bit.

Your wife tweeted her support of Walter. Did she forgive you?

Yes, she forgave me (laughing). Erm, we’re getting a divorce because I interrupted Jessica, and we’re fighting for custody of our child.

That leads me to #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement. What are your thoughts on that coming into general conversation now?

They are ultimately good things. My wife is a co-founder of Time’s Up, and I’m much more versed up on that stuff, I see the mechanics of that everyday, and I think it’s about time – they’re good movements. I bristle at the kind of tone and sweeping generalisations that are made by various people and when it gets away from an actual dialogue – that’s when things get rough.

Do you miss filming Arrested Development?

I do, but we’re all (for the most part) still friendly and we all hang out with each other and stay in touch, pretty much everybody, so it’s not like we wrap and then we never talk to each other again until we’re on set. And we work on each others’ projects – I’ve worked with Michael Cera five times, something like that, and I’ve worked with Will Arnett on a number of shows.
Source: independent.co.uk

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