Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Dave Attell got into
stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York
University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used
this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service
industry - as a waiter. At night he would hit the "open
mic" circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked
his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across
America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among
fans and the industry alike.
Dave Attell was the creator and host of “Dave’s Old Porn”
on Showtime. “Dave’s Old Porn” has featured such talent as
Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler, Adam Carolla and Daniel Tosh.
Dave’s new Stand Up Series, DAVE ATTELL’S COMEDY UNDERGROUND and
his new one hour special, ROAD WORK are both currently airing on
He was named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by
Entertainment Weekly Magazine. His
caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and his choice of material that can
best be described as "very adult" has earned him the
reputation as a "comic's comic." But if you ask Attell,
he’d say, "I’m just trying to get some laughs and sell some
In 2001, Attell used this love of booze and laughter to create and
host the hit series, "Insomniac with Dave Attell" for
Comedy Central. A travelogue show in which Attell goes
from city to city looking for late-night fun, The New York Times
called the show, "a doubly rare beast, a comedy without rancor
and a travel show about the virtues of the American underdog."
To Attell, the Insomniac show is more of a cross between "Girls
Gone Wild” and “Cops”.
After four seasons of “Insomniac,” Attell taped several hour-long
“Insomniac” specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and
Brazil. Once back in the states, he headed out on a thirty-five city
theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for
Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook,
some of the biggest comics in the country.
Dave Attell has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with
David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late
Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Last
Call with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.
He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film "Pootie Tang”.
Other television credits include FOX's "Arrested Development,"
NBC's "Ed," HBO, Comedy Central’s "Tough Crowd with
Colin Quinn" and his own half-hour stand-up special "Comedy
Central Presents Dave Attell”.