Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer and producer on stage and screens both big and small.
Cross’ new sketch comedy series, With Bob and David, will premiere four half-hour episodes on Netflix on November 13. The series reunites Cross and Bob Odenkirk, with whom he created the original sketch comedy series, Mr. Show with Bob and David. That classic series ran for four seasons and earned four Emmy nominations.
In January, IFC will premiere the third season of Todd Margaret, which Cross created and stars in as the title character. The six-episode series will feature appearances by Jack McBrayer, Will Arnett, Blake Harrison, Sharon Horgan, Amber Tamblyn and Russ Tamblyn, and will premiere the first three episodes January 7 and the following three January 14.
Cross’ work most recently appeared on the big screen in the dark indie film Hits, which he wrote and directed. A black comedy about the nature of fame in the YouTube era, the film is set in a small town in upstate New York and stars Matt Walsh and Meredith Hagner. It first premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and then raised funds for theatrical distribution thru an innovative Kickstarter campaign which allowed fans to help determine how wide the film would be seen. The film was also made available to fans across the nation thru a deal with BitTorrent which allowed them to pay what they wished.
Cross acting credits in film include the independent feature Kill Your Darlings, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall, and the dramedy It’s a Disaster, opposite Julia Stiles and America Ferrera; as well as Abel, Year One, Waiting for Guffman, Men in Black and Men in Black II, Ghost World, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, School for Scoundrels, I’m Not There, and the animated films Megamind, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Curious George, for which he provided his vocal talents. He will reprise his role in the third feature in the Kung Fu Panda franchise, due in theaters January 2016.
On television, Cross is perhaps best-known as ‘Dr. Tobias Fünke’ on the Emmy Award-winning series, Arrested Development, which ran for three seasons on Fox and then was revived in 2013 on Netflix. For his memorable performance, Cross was twice-nominated as part of the ensemble cast for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Cross’s introduction to the TV scene came with The Ben Stiller Show, where he honed his comedy writing chops and shared a 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program. He also served as a writer and contributor for Tenacious D and wrote, produced and starred in the Comedy Central animated series, Freak Show, which he co-created with H. Jon Benjamin.
In September 2013, Cross and Odenkirk released the book, “Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show,” which made The New York Times Bestseller List. Written with friend and fellow Mr. Show alum Brian Posehn, “Hollywood Said No!” is a collection of never-before-seen scripts, orphaned sketch ideas and reminiscences. In support of the book, Cross and Odenkirk embarked on a multi-city tour, performing their first official stand-up comedy shows together since their sold-out national tour in 2002.
As a comedian, Cross was named by Comedy Central as one of the 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedians of all time. In 2009, he embarked on a solo stand-up comedy tour in support of his first book, entitled “I Drink for a Reason,” which was released by Grand Central Publishing. The book spent several weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List, while the tour played to packed venues in cities across the United States. The hugely successful comedy show was filmed at Boston’s Wilbur Theater and entitled “Bigger and Blackerer.” The special premiered on EPIX in April 2010 before being released on CD and DVD by Sub Pop on May 25, 2010. His previous comedy special, “David Cross: The Pride is Back,” aired on HBO in 1999.
Cross has released two other comedy albums, including “Shut Up You Fucking Baby” in 2002, which earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album, and “It’s Not Funny” in 2004. In 2003 he released the DVD, Let America Laugh, a documentary film of his tour of small alternative rock clubs.