David X. Cohen

David X. Cohen


Englewood, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

David Samuel Cohen



Also Known As

David²+S.²+Cohen², David Cohen, David S. Cohen, David Cohen's Severed Hand, David S. Coffin
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Cohen was born in 1966 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. Some twenty years later he attended Havard University where he gained a degree in physics. After graduation, Cohen worked for a year in the robotics laboratory at Harvard, before heading to UC Berkley. There, Cohen received a degree…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Steve Martin's album A Wild and Crazy Guy was something that inspired David to write comedy.

    • David has named his favorite quote as "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" by Francis Bacon in 1625.

    • David likes the Beastie Boys, in particular the album Hello Nasty.

    • David went to Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, NJ.

    • David was persuaded to audition for the role of Bender due to his "robotic voice," but he alleged that he couldn't remember how to do his own voice.

    • In David's six years at The Simpsons he has written 35 episodes and contributed to 111.

    • David has named fellow writer for The Simpsons George Meyer as the funniest person he knows.

    • Due to exhaustion, David quit Futurama a few months into production but returned after 4 days.

    • In a 2002 interview, he named Bender as his favorite character on Futurama.

    • David said that meeting Al Gore in 2000 was the most humbling experience of his life.

    • He has named Don Martin, Steve Martin and Stanislaw Lem as the people who inspired him to become a comedy writer.

    • David claimed that his interest in comedy began at age 3 when he made a joke that others found funny.

    • When asked of his favorite memory from working on Futurama he said when he watched the rough version of "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?", saying he cried with laughter.

    • Awards and Nominations:

      1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004(nomination)- Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) for Futurama. 1997, 1998, 2002(win)- Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) for Futurama.

    • David made an animated cameo in the Futurama episode "I Dated A Robot."

    • David had two episode ideas for The Simpsons he could never get off the ground, they were, "Homer The Narkalaptic" and an episode which would explore Groundskeeper Willie.

    • Cohen did an audio commentary for every episode of The Simpsons he wrote.

    • David conceived the story of The Simpsons episode, "Homerpalooza".

    • Seasons 7-9 of The Simpsons, David read the stage directions at the table reads.

    • David's favorite quote from Futurama is "You Watched it, You Can't Un-watch it!" from "Anthology of Interest II."

    • David's favorite character in Futurama is Zoidberg.

    • David directed the voices for Futurama: The Game.

    • David is the head writer for the new Futurama movies.

    • David is close friends with fellow writers Larry Wilmore and Steve Tompkins.

    • Every year he was at The Simpsons, David wrote a segment in the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes.

    • One of David's hobbies is fossil collecting. He has attended many fossil auctions and enjoys searching for them himself.

    • David's wife, Pattricia De Frank, works at the LA tar pits.

    • Cohen has many T-shirts with a squid motif on them. This is due to his father's job. (He is a marine biologist.) In The Simpsons episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", in the group of Itchy and Scratchy writers, who were based on The Simpsons staff, you can clearly distinguish David from the others by the squid on his shirt.

    • His parents, William and Marion Cohen, were biologists and he originally wanted to become a scientist like them but he was also interested in writing and drawing.

    • He is credited with 'inventing' the word "cromulent", meaning valid, acceptable. This word was first coined in the Simpsons episode: Lisa the Iconoclast.

    • He attended the same elementary school as fellow Futurama writer, Lewis Morton.

    • He is a fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, South Park, The PJs, King of the Hill and TV Funhouse.

    • His real name is actually David S. Cohen, he changed his name when he joined the Writer's Guild of America and there was already a member named David S. Cohen (The Writer's Guild does not allow members to have the same names). He said he chose to change his middle initial to 'X' because it sounded "sci-fi-ish" and because the 'X' would make him "the David Cohen people would remember".

    • He has appeared in every Futurama DVD commentary.

    • He makes a brief cameo appearance, in cartoon form, in the Futurama episode "A Bicyclops Built for Two", along with several other people who worked on the show, which is pointed out during that episode's DVD commentary. (He also appears in animated form in the Simpsons episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show").

    • David is a long time friend of Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.

    • When David was in middle school, he wrote a story about evil stomachs. This is where the concept for the Futurama episode "The Day The Earth Stood Stupid" originated from.

    • David X. Cohen's favorite movie is "Dr. Strangelove".

    • David created a computer game in the 1980s called "Zoid". He sent the game to a company and got a letter back from them. He realized that they would not take his idea when he saw that the letter began "Dear Mr. Cohan...". The name of Dr. Zoidberg on 'Futurama' was a tribute to this game.

    • David is a creator of much of the initial idea for 'Futurama', including the character Dr. John Zoidberg.

    • David wrote for the Harvard Lampoon Magazine.

    • David wrote the Humor Column for his high school's newspaper.

    • When David was younger, he liked to play tennis.

    • David once worked in a Robotics Laboratory in Harvard.

    • David's favorite school subjects were math and physics.

  • Quotes

    • David: (when asked if he can get Matt Groening's autograph) I will ask Matt to sign an autograph ON you. Then you can be a priceless collectible.

    • David: (on the Futurama movie, Bender's Big Score) This movie was obviously a real writing challenge, because we wanted to do two things to make it a really big return to life. One was to have a real big, crazy science fiction story, and that was this epic time travel story where Bender is running around through time as a giant gun, and is affecting history and those kind of things. But at the same time, we wanted to have a story that followed up on the personal lives of our characters, both for the hard-core fans and to just bring it down to earth a little bit for fans who are coming for the first time to Futurama.

    • David: (when asked if he'd ever want to be cryogenically frozen) No, I'm too chicken to get laser eye surgery, let alone undergo full - body cryogenic freezing.

    • David: (when asked what he likes about Bender, the Futurama character) When he wants to do something, he does it, without hesitation, worry or guilt. I aspire to be more like him, with the exception of the crime sprees. Or maybe just the occasional spree.

    • David: (when asked about the "X" in his name) Are you implying that the "X" isn't cool? 'Cause I'll have you beat up!

    • David: (when asked when he knew that he's made it) When Lucy Liu recognized me at a movie. Woo - hoo!

    • David: (on working with Al Gore on the show) As you can imagine, it was completely surreal to see the Vice President of the United States screaming about the universe collapsing - especially since he really got into his performance, and was throwing himself down on the couch as he acted out his desperate lines.

    • David: My father had just grown a beard, and we were at a family get-together. A relative asked me if i thought the beard made him look more "distinguished". I said yes. Then they asked me if i knew what "distinguished" meant, and i replied, "ugly". I got a big laugh (much bigger than most I have gotten since), and my comedy career was underway.

    • David: (on writing for Beavis and Butthead during college) Quite possibly the furthest conceivable activity from studying theoretical computer science.

    • David: (On leaving TV and getting into technology.) Once in a while, when I'm fed up with the illogic of the TV business. And also briefly a couple of years ago, when I lived in fear that all of the computer scientists I knew were about to become billionaires in the internet IPO boom, leaving me behind.

    • David: (On being executive producer for Futurama) It is true that I'd like to take a partial step back. I don't think I could leave completely, since I love the show so much, but at the same time I don't think I can take another year of working until midnight night after night. One idea I had is to stay involved in the stage of the process where we work out the stories. That way, I could retain some of the satisfaction that comes from helping plan the evolution of a universe!