David Cross was born on April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia. He began performing stand up comedy at the age of 17 and immediately moved to New York City, after graduating from Northside High School. He later enrolled in Emerson College in Boston, but only lasted a semester. Cross started his career early on with various sketch groups and acting pursuits, until eventually focusing on stand up. He got his start in Television as a writer for the Ben Stiller Show, which ended up winning an Emmy in 1993. Cross has made countless Television and Film appearances, with his most recognized role as Tobias on “Arrested Development”. Since his start in comedy Cross has released 5 comedy specials, received a Grammy nomination, and was listed on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand ups of all time.
This week Kaizen Komedy breaks down the politically charged work of David Cross. Cross’s use of acts out allow him to illustrate his jokes very poignantly. Often using absurdity and sarcasm to elicit a reaction from the crowd.
In this episode, some of the bits we analyzed: Shoot first, ask questions never (Make America Great 2016) ; Pandering to the Locals (It's Not Funny 2004) ; Hello, Adolf (Make America Great 2016).
Check out his website: David Cross