David was born in 1957. He started his acting career at Brandeis University with Marta Kauffman. They've been a team for over 20 years now. He began working in theater in New York. He and Marta teamed up and worked with Michael Skloff (composer) and produced several musicals. One of those was a stage version of the film Arthur.
He co-wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Personals with Marta. Personals received an Outer Critics Award and a Drama Desk nomination. They were co-executive producers on Dream On for many years. The show got an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1993 and won a Cable Ace Award in 1992.
They created the comedy The Powers That Be which starred John Forsythe, David Hyde Pierce and others. They also created and were executive producers on Family Album, Veronica's Closet and were executive producers on Jesse. They came up with the idea of Friends which lasted for 10 seasons (1994-2004).
David lives with his partner Jeffrey Klarik. Together they created The Class which has now ended.