The David Steinberg Show

CTV (ended 1977)
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  • Relatively short-lived Canadian series featuring comedian David Steinberg playing himself, hosting a fictional variety show. While the series depicted the on-air humour, it also depicted the comic adventures behind the scenes. It featured a slew of Second City performers, most of whom later starred in "Second City TV", which was much more sucessful. Joe Flaherty's alter-ego, Kirk Dirkwood, was the somewhat neurotic stage manager who always wanted to be a performer, and finally did near the end. He would appear as a different patient every week for an eccentric psychiatrist played by Steinberg on the show. Dave Thomas played James MacGregor, a hot-tempered Scottish security guard. Martin Short played Johnny Del Bravo, David's narcistic cousin and a whiny, untalented singer. John Candy was Spider Reichman, the 60's-oriented musician, and Andrea Martin played Julie Liverfoot, Steinberg's lazy, sleazy secretary and Reichman's singer. Many shades of SCTV characters can be seen in this series: The straight man character so personalized by Flaherty, the smug, cheerful music maker played by Candy... there were even specific characters that can be seen, like Thomas' Angus Crock in MacGregor and Short's Jackie Rogers, Jr in Del Bravo. They weren't the only co-stars, however; in fact, the other two almuni both played multiple roles. Bill Saluga played Vinnie DeMilo, the Italian-accented, fast-talking owner of the Hello Deli, located across the street from the studio (who was also Kirk's agent) and Raymond J. Johnson, Jr, the confused direction-seeker who appeared out of nowhere randomly throughout the show. Trudy Young doubled as actress Bambi Markowitz and Margie, the sassy waitress at the Deli. It should be noted that Saluga's character of Raymond J. Johnson, Jr ("Now, you can call me Ray, and you can call me Ray J..." was always the beginning of his lengthy response to whoever called him Mr. Johnson) had been being performed in Las Vegas since as early as the 50's, and appeared on variety show "Red Foxx" and guest starred on many others, always unexpectedly appearing and wondering where he was. Recently, he even appeared on an episode of "The Simpsons". As for David Steinberg himself? He became a television director, working on such sitcoms as "The Parent Hood", "Newhart", "The Golden Girls", "Seinfeld", "Mad About You", "Friends", and "Designing Women".moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Richard Pryor

    Aired 4/19/77

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    Michelle Lee

    Aired 4/12/77

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Rip Taylor

    Aired 3/22/77

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Bob and Ray

    Aired 3/15/77

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    Bill Macy, Samantha Harper

    Aired 3/8/77

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Short

    Johnny Del Bravo

  • Andrea Martin

    Julie Liverfoot

  • David Steinberg

    Himself (Host)

  • Dave Thomas

    James MacGregor

  • Joe Flaherty

    Kirk Dirkwood

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Adrienne Barbeau: Vinnie! Vinnie: Kitten!

    • David Steinberg: A Jewish princess to me is someone who makes love with her eyes closed because she does not want to see anyone have pleasure.

    • David Steinberg: (talking about how he would have directed the "Last Tango in Paris" movie scene where Marlon Brando spreads butter on his lover) a specific moment I would have had a crown appear on her head.

    • (As Big John enters the saloon everything goes silent, including the piano player) Big John (David): What's the matter key jammer, cat got your piano keys?

    • David: I'd like to say that Johnny Del Bravo is one of the finest young talents around.... but that would violate the truth in advertising code.

    • (in the Crazy Psychiatrist sketch) David Steinberg: What specifically is your problem? Joseph Campanella: All right doctor... I am a chronic liar. David Steinberg: I don't believe you!

    • Norm Crosby: I couldn't believe a guy like David Steinberg could be a bigamist.
      Vinnie: A bigamist, what's a bigamist?
      Norm Crosby: A bigamist is a guy with two wives.
      Vinnie: I always thought a bigamist was a heavy fog over Italy.

    • David: (introducing Johnny) What can I say about Johnny Del Bravo that you haven't already said to yourselves in the privacy of your homes.

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    Notes (1)

    • Starting with this episode (the first episode of 1977) the show was shifted from Friday nights to Tuesday nights.

    Trivia (2)

    • After Spider squirts David with the flower his collar is wet, but when he goes on stage it is dry.

    • In this episode Ray Goulding's character is referred to as "Mr. Bijou", a name that we hear in subsequent episodes, but we never again see the character.

    Allusions (1)

    • David: (simulating a football game) Neil Armstrong left, Bud Grant right... Bud Grant and Neil Armstrong are former Canadian Football league players that played for David Steinberg's home town team the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1950s.

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