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David Misch
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David's book "Funny: The Book / Everything You Thought You Always Wanted To Know About American Comedy" (Applause / Hal Leonard) is available online and in stores everywhere.

David's play "Occupied", a romantic comedy-drama about sex, drugs, rock and revolution on a college campus in 1970, will be produced in LA later this year. The non-profit theater doing it could use some cash; find out more at

As a screenwriter, David's first job was "Mork & Mindy” ("Fly, be free!"), which won an Emmy for Best New Comedy. He also co-wrote “Leave It To Dave” ("Martin Mull's Recipe For Ketchup"), the pilot for David Letterman’s first talk-show, and was Special Consultant on "The Muppets Take Manhattan" ("Meat makes me ill, Gill"). Later, he was Executive Producer of “Duckman” ("Hey, get your own wacky scream"), which was nominated for multiple Emmys, won the CableACE and Banff awards for Best Animated Series, and was released (only 12 years after it ended) on DVD.

David also wrote for the legendary, albeit short-lived, Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker series “Police Squad!” ("No sax before a fight"); was a guest writer on “Saturday Night Live” ("Dylan Thomas -- he drank"); and, coming full circle, wrote the NBC movie “Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork & Mindy’” ("Realty -- what a concept"), which he is hoping soon to have authorized. Most recently he completed an autobiographical sketch for The Huffington Post.

David’s had plays produced in Los Angeles and New York, written for ("Please remove your hand from my rectum"), been collected in the anthology May Contain Nuts ("I am hoping this note is found before I suffocate") and recorded the quasi-legendary "Somerville" ("Come watch the buildings stand up proud and tall / While, far below, the pavement hugs the ground") for Fretless Records.

David speaks on comedy at a variety of venues -- Columbia University, Oxford University; the 92nd St. Y, Cooper Union (New York City); KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, the Skirball Center, the American Film Institute (Los Angeles); Tufts and Emerson Colleges (Boston); the Chicago and Boston Public Libraries; the Midwest Popular Culture Association, SATE Themed Entertainment and VIEW Digital Cinema (Torino, Italy) conferences; and has taught comedy at USC and UCLA.

(The following is meant only for those people with the ability to offer employment in the entertainment industry.)

Mr. Misch is 26 years old.

Entries by David Misch

President Announces New Spy Restrictions

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 6:22 PM

    President Obama today announced a series of additional measures to restrict the scope of national surveillance activities...

  • No longer guess citizens' political beliefs based on number of vowels in name.

  • Scale back program installing microchips in all domestically-sold falafel.

  • Concurrently, consumption of falafel no longer sufficient for inclusion...
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A Relatively Brief Memoir About Writing a Relatively Brief Book

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 3:36 PM

The British comics Peter Cook and Dudley Moore had a sketch where a pompous British twit, Sir Arthur Greeb-Streebling (or Streeb-Greebling -- it varied) was interviewed about his lifelong attempt to teach ravens to fly underwater. After he admits that in 40 years he's had nary a success,...

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No Time Like the President

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 11:08 AM

"In Congress, where it can be difficult for Democrats and Republicans to agree on the time of day..." - New York Times


President Pro Tem: The Chair recognizes the Senator from Illinois.

Mr. Dirkin: I rise to note that at this very moment, 10:48 AM on September 20, 2013,...

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Satire Is the Best Revenge

(11) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 6:16 PM

As we bask in our April Fool's Day triumphs ("I'm dumping you, Ken." "Oh my God! Where's my hanging noose?!" "Kid-ding!" "Oh, okay. But where is my hanging noose?"), many of us forget the critical place humor has in our society. Many of us also forget where we left the...

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The Freedom to Leave

(11) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Nearly two in three Americans think President Barack Obama is better suited than Republican rival Mitt Romney to deal with an alien invasion, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Okay, the Supreme Court's health care decision was bad for all Right-thinking patriots. But this! Just as in the...

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Did That Come Outta Me?

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 7:26 PM

Let's say you're an alien. (Not the illegal kind who we hate and fear -- the extraterrestrial kind who only want to eat and/or enslave us).

Between eating and/or enslaving, you want a few laughs. "Hey," you say in your impenetrable yet vaguely Eastern European tongue, "why not take in...

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Romney: A Tree Responds

(2) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 7:15 PM

"I love this state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height."
-- Mitt Romney, in Michigan

Let me introduce myself. I am a deciduous oak, born around 1996. I live in Iowa, in a suburban area where there are thousands of trees. Although the winters are long...

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(20) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Thank God a presidential candidate has finally had the courage to say what we were all thinking: "It's 2012 -- where's my moon colony?"

Newt Gingrich's bold, not-even-at-all-so-ludicrous-that-it-takes-about-a-minute-to-believe-he-said-it statement of purpose has clearly defined our priorities for the 21st century... and beyond! In ascending order of importance: improve...

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Occupy, Inc.

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 11:12 AM

Occupy is in trouble.

Kicked out of public parks across the country, the movement looks cautiously towards the spring, bitterly aware of the obstacles it faces: severe limitations on where, when and how ordinary people can protest the domination of America by its super-rich. (That whole "right to peaceably assemble...

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Votes for Zygotes!

(7) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 9:10 PM

Momentum is growing in several states to classify fetuses as human beings. I assume this is due to a fervent desire to help the natally challenged and not a cynical end-run around abortion laws, but it seems to me to miss the point.

Fetuses, while clearly human in all aspects...

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Make Mosques Not War: My Foolproof Plan to Terror-Proof America

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 8:29 PM

Okay, let's follow the reasoning...

No Ground Zero Community Center -- sorry, Mosque -- because Muslims would consider it a Victory Community Center -- sorry, Mosque.

But say you're a terrorist who wants to terrorize America and show that Islam is holy -- do you blow up a mosque? Especially...

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Get Rich and Destroy Lives -- The Bernie Madoff Way!

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 4:13 PM

Next week brings the sentencing for fraud of a man shrouded in mystery. Bernard Lawrence Madoff: heartless criminal, hapless businessman -- or role model?

Bankruptcy, public humiliation, prison -- why does the American public dwell obsessively on the downside of the Bernard Madoff story? Sure, if you only look at...

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Obama Calls For End To Murder Prosecutions

(8) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM

With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at his side, President Obama today announced his opposition to all prosecutions for the crime of murder. "While murder is a dark and painful act," said Mr. Obama, "I see no point in looking backward to prosecute those who have committed it in the...

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Twelve Angry Tweets

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 7:09 PM

Defense lawyers in a federal corruption trial demanded that the judge declare a mistrial because a juror posted updates on the case on Twitter. -- The Times

OMG! I can't believe what's happening! Juror #8 is all up in 4's face, "neighbor heard him yell 'I'll kill you!'" Cat-fight! (Only...

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Dow Zero: The Republican Plan for Prosperity

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 12:46 PM

My fellow Republicans... I rise in opposition to Comrade Obama's insidious, socialistic "stimulus" plan. This gigantic pork-barrel bill is a shameless giveaway of the public's money to the working class and poor. But I don't need to tell you that, you who voted for President Bush's noble -- and successful!...

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Secret Acorn Memo Reveals Vote Fraud Plan

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2008 | 11:52 AM

From: Ex. VP, Destroying Fabric of Democracy Comm.
To: All fraudsters
Re: Fraud

Fellow Fraudsters:

After months of planning, the DFoD Committee has finalized a foolproof evil scheme for massive voting fraud on Election Day. The plan is simplicity itself but must be followed to the letter for...

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If Obama Were Like McCain

(16) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 8:07 PM

My buddies, what do we really know about John McCain? Why hasn't he told the full story of his past associations? Is he really, as some say, a Communist? Let's look at the evidence.

Senator McCain has repeatedly admitted that he lived in North Vietnam with known...

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Preview of Palin's Debate Victory

(10) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 6:58 AM

Calm down, folks -- I guarantee that Sarah Palin's performance on Thursday will be coherent and articulate. Why? Has everyone forgotten Bush's first debate?

But... what if something goes wrong?

-- Gwen, that's a great question. Legal immigration is one of America's historic strengths, perhaps...

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My Economic Stimulus Program

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2008 | 12:09 AM

Experts are now saying that the $150 billion stimulus package enacted earlier this year was ineffective in boosting the economy. $600 was given to each taxpayer but, evidently, rich people kept the money so they could be $600 richer and poor people lost it almost immediately, or ate it.


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Brangelina™: Love For Sale

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2008 | 4:54 PM

Much has been made of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt donating proceeds from the sale of photos of their newborn babies to charity. But few commentators are willing to explore the dark side of Brangelina's so-called generosity.

If, as has been reported, photos of the twins brought up to 15...

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