David Misch began his career in the 70’s as a comic folksinger and
standup comic; his song “Somerville” was released nationally by Philo Records and he was named “Best Comedian In Boston” by Boston Magazine. His first screenwriting job was “Mork and Mindy”, which won the Emmy for “Best New Comedy Series.” He also co-wrote “Leave It To Dave,” the pilot for David Letterman’s first talk-show. He has since written, created and/or produced programs for NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, UPN, HBO, Showtime, PBS, ABC Family, Disney, Universal and Lifetime. Among his credits: he co-wrote and directed an episode of the syndicated series “Monsters,” which was chosen for competition at the Banff International Television Festival;
Executive Producer of “Duckman” (USA), nominated for multiple Emmys, winner of the CableACE and Banff awards for “Best Animated Series”; Executive Story Editor on the legendary Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker series “Police Squad!”; co-writer and producer of “Callahan”, a pilot later screened at the Los Angeles Museum of Art Television Festival; guest writer on “Saturday Night Live.” David was Executive Consultant on “She Spies” (chosen as one of “5 TV Spies To Love” by Time Magazine) and wrote the TV movie “Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork and Mindy’” for NBC. He has sold six screenplays and was Special Consultant on THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (Tri-Star). His writings have been published on-line at NationalLampoon.com, collected in the anthology May Contain Nuts (Harper-perennial) and he blogs for The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com/david-misch). Misch has taught a seminar on musical satire at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music and “Practical Foundations of Comedy” at USC.
Funny: The Book is an entertaining look at the art of comedy, from its historical roots to the latest scientific findings, with diversions into the worlds of movies (Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers), television (The Office), prose (Woody Allen, Robert Benchley), theater (The Front Page), jokes and stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor, Steve Martin), as well as personal reminiscences from the author's experiences on such TV programs as Mork and Mindy. With allusions to the not-always-funny Carl Jung, George Orwell, and Arthur Koestler, Funny: The Book explores the evolution, theories, principles, and practice of comedy, as well as the psychological, philosophical, and even theological underpinnings of humor, coming to the conclusion that (Spoiler Alert!) Comedy is God.