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David Spade - Biography


Comedian David Spade
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July 22, 1964

David Spade Overview:

From his days on Saturday Night Live through his stand-up and film work, David Spade has made an entire career out of being a smart-ass. Known for his endless withering sarcasm, Spade has been a staple of TV sitcoms since the late 1990s and continues to pop up in films from time to time, usually in the service of his friend Adam Sandler.

Quick David Spade Facts:

  • David Wayne Spade was born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised near Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • He began performing comedy around Arizona in the mid-1980s.
  • In 1990, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, where he stayed until 1996.
  • In 1995, he starred alongside the late Chris Farley in the hit comedy Tommy Boy. Spade's first film as a solo leading man was 1999's Lost & Found.
  • In 1997, Spade joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!, which ran until 2003. He would later star on the sitcoms 8 Simple Rules and Rules of Engagement.
  • His first and only HBO stand-up special, Take the Hit, debuted in 1998.

David Spade at 'SNL':

In 1990, comedian Dennis Miller recommended David Spade for hire on the sketch show Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast and would go on to create a role for himself as the snarky, sarcastic guy during his "Hollywood Minute" segments in "Weekend Update," as well as coining the phrase "buh-bye" in a number of sketches. Though most of his friends at the show (including Adam Sandler and Chris Farley) left in 1995, Spade stayed on for one more season, but left in 1996.

Additional David Spade Facts:

  • David Spade has had two starring vehicles for friend Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions: Joe Dirt in 2001 and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star in 2003. Both were critical and commercial disappointments.
  • He received and Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for his supporting work on Just Shoot Me!.
  • Spade's brother Andy is married to famous fashion designer Kate Spade.
  • In 2003, he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2005, Spade starred on his own Comedy Central series, The Showbiz Show with David Spade. It was canceled in 2007 after three seasons.
  • In 2010, he starred alongside his friends Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and Kevin James in the film Grown Ups.
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