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Dave Attell is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for being the host of Insomniac with Dave Attell, a show on Comedy Central, which ran from August 2001 to November 2004, helping Attell build a huge following for his unique style of comedy.
Born in Queens, he was brought up in Rockville Centre, New York, on Long Island, and finished his graduation in communications from New York University in 1987. After completing his college education, he began performing at open-mic nights.
Career and Accomplishments
Hosted by Rosie O'Donnell, Attell made his first television appearance on VH1's Stand-Up Spotlight in 1988. The show also had appearances by Wanda Sykes, Jay Mohr, Jeff Garlin, Margaret Cho, and Lewis Black.
The very first time he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman was on 23rd November 1993. That particular episode was seen by Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live, who then hired Attell as a writer and performer on SNL. He worked on the 1993-94 season of the show.
Attell was seen in two HBO specials in 1995 along with Anthony Clark, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, and Eric Tunney. He became a part of Young Comedians Special during the same year and soon enough received a 60-minute special on HBO Comedy Showcase.
Attell got the chance to be a part of an episode in 1997 on HBO Comedy Half-Hour, and his first hour-long comedy special aired on HBO in December 2007.
He played the role of Squiggly Dave on Comedy Central's Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, in 1995 and went on to receive an installment in 1999 in the second season of Comedy Central Presents.
Attell was a regular commentator on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for three years, and his segment was titled The Ugly American. He described Insomniac with Dave Attell as "Wild on E! for Ugly People".
The show was about Attell interacting with people on the streets of various cities in America while they were inebriated. The show also went international at times, and the most common occurrence was interacting with workers who were on night shifts.
Attell co-hosted the AVN Awards show in January 2010 alongside Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross. He hosted the show again in 2012 with Sunny Leone and Bree Olson.