- Full Name Dave Landau
- Occupation Comedian, Actor, Producer, and Writer
- Nationality American
- Birth Date Jun 09, 1983
- Age 40 Years, 5 Months
- Birthplace Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Dave Landau | BiographyWrote, Produced, and Starred in the 2014 film 'The King of Detroit'
Landau’s early years were tragic. His life had been ravaged by police violence, drugs, suicide, and addiction, all before he turned eighteen. He has been very candid about his drug usage in the past. He says his father’s death from brain cancer when he was a child brought him closer to drugs and alcohol as a teen. As time passed by, Landau would spend “time in and out of recovery, institutions, and jail." Later, Landau made an initiative to his comedic career in Detroit, joining the Second City Comedy Theater when he was 19 years old in 2002. He was also attending film school at the time.
Dave Landau is a Detroit-based comedian who was one of the finalists in the eighth season of the reality television talent-competition show, Last Comic Standing.
Who is Dave Landau?
Dave Landau is a standup comedian, actor, producer, and writer. He was one of the contestants in the reality television talent-competition show, Last Comic Standing, for three seasons, 2007, 2008, and 2014 and had also made it to the finals in its 8th season.
Landau has done standup comedy on different platforms, namely, Louder with Crowder, Gotham Comedy Live, and Live at Gotham. She has also released a few comedy albums, including Nimble Fingers that reached number 1 on iTunes and Amazon in 2019.
In 2014, he wrote, produced, and starred in the 2014 film The King of Detroit.
Early Age and Education
Born on 9 June 1983, Dave Landau’s early years were tragic. His life had been ravaged by police violence, drugs, suicide, and addiction, all before he turned eighteen.
Landau has been very candid about his drug usage in the past. He says his father’s death from brain cancer when he was a child brought him closer to drugs and alcohol as a teen.
“I was a very creative kid who was constantly making movies, skits, etc. .with my Dad’s video camera. I loved to make people laugh. Then my Dad got diagnosed with brain cancer and to cope I discovered drugs and alcohol. I was a very rebellious teen alcoholic,” Landau told Recover Comedy in 2015.
As time passed by, Landau would spend “time in and out of recovery, institutions, and jail.” He says he was “arrested 12 times between the ages of 15-19,” but the local police didn’t charge him even once. Eventually, he would recover from the drugs and graduate from high school. “I eventually completed high school after 5 years and started pulling my life together a little bit after that.”
Later, Landau made an initiative to his comedic career in Detroit, joining the Second City Comedy Theater when he was 19 years old in 2002. He was also attending film school at the time.
After amicable encouragement from his friends and a series of stage performances, he instantly hooked up with the industry. “Finally my addictive personality led to something positive!” he told Recovery Comedy in 2015, inferring his standup comedy career.
“In April of 2004 I took the stage at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Detroit, and I have been doing it ever since.”
Acting Career and Comedy on TV
Landau appeared in the TV movie Night Shift as Landau himself in 2003. He also voiced the announcer of the 2006 TV special, Henry Cho: What’s That Clickin’ Noise?. Similarly, he was a part of the comedy shows/series; Live at Gotham in 2007, The Bob & Tom Show in 2008, Comedy. TV in 2012, Comics Unleashed in 2015, This Is Not Happening in 2018, and Fox Files in 2020 in the episode ‘Who Can Forget?.’
Landau also starred in a few documentary programs, namely, Man Up, Stand-Up in 2009, Detroit International Comedy Festival in 2010, and Gotham Comedy Live from 2014 to 2016.
In addition, Landau was one of the contestants in the reality talent competition show Last Comic Standing for three seasons, 2007, 2008, and 2014 (reached final).
In addition, he also appeared as a guest on Mornin’!!! w/ Bill Schulz and Sincerely Kat in 2019, Your Welcome and Un-PC in 2019 and 2020, and The Pantelis Podcast, Good Morning Mug Club, and Louder with Crowder in 2020. He was a guest host on Night Shade with Michael Malice in 2020.
As of now, Landau does guest co-hosting on Louder with Crowder. It is a program broadcasted on TACS and Comedy Central, from Monday to Thursday. He also has been co-hosting the TV series The Anthony Cumia Show since 2017.
Landau bases his standups premise on his flaws, family life, and pop culture.
“At this point, I do a lot of stories about my life,” he told Time Herald in 2015. “It used to be about crazy stuff I did as a younger kid. But now my main source of the material comes from daily life.”
Landau also has a few acting credits. In addition, he also has credits as a producer, writer, and camera operator.
He portrayed the character Dean Bromine in short, Bromine in 2009, and Jeb Earnhardt in Rub That Lamp in 2012. Later, he was featured in The King of Detroit as Crispy Jones in 2014 and Footlights as Ellis Zimmerman in 2015. He also worked as a camera operator in The King of Detroit.
In 2021, he produced and wrote the 2012 short Rub That Lamp, a feat he achieved since the film The King of Detroit (2014)and the short Rub That Lamp (2012).
As of now, he is producing the feature movie Down Along the Road: The Life and Times of Fulton Williams, which is currently in its filming phase as of 16 August 2021.
Tour and Shows
A nationally touring comedian, Landau is already scheduled to perform standups for August and September.
He’ll be performing at Banana’s Comedy Club in Rutherford, New Jersey on August 20-21, 2021, Stir Crazy Comedy Club in Glendale, Arizona on August 27-28, 2021, and Laugh IN Comedy Cafe in Fort Myers, Florida, on September 3-9, 2021.
Landau has released a few comedy albums, namely, Nimble Fingers in 2019, Voodoo of Landoo in 2013, and Down On Your Lucky Charms in 2008.
His album Nimble Fingers had reached number 1 on iTunes and Amazon, as per his Twitter post on 17 December 2019.
Landau will be performing on stage on 17 January 2022 in Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California. Similarly, he will be performing in Majestic Theatre on 13 February 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
Wife and Children
His personal life is kept a well-guarded secret, but he is a married man. Moreover, the couple has a son. In fact, his relationship with his wife stretches back to when he was just starting out in the comedy business.
According to his interview with Detroit Comedy Scene, the comic recalled performing an improv show in Detroit with his wife and other notable comedians. "I used to run a improv/stand up show at The Village idiot with my wife and Ken Kuykendall, Sebastian Oberst, Sam Richardson that would be packed every Sunday," Landau said.