David Spade
Spade in 2008
David Wayne Spade

(1964-07-22) July 22, 1964 (age 59)
EducationScottsdale Community College
Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • television presenter
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1987–present
PartnerJillian Grace (former)
RelativesAndy Spade (brother)
Kate Spade (sister-in-law)
Comedy career
WebsiteOfficial website

David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. After several years as a stand-up comedian, Spade rose to prominence as a writer and cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1996. Following his departure from SNL, he began an acting career in both film and television, starring or co-starring in the films Tommy Boy (1995), Black Sheep (1996), Senseless (1998), Joe Dirt (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), The Benchwarmers (2006), Grown Ups (2010) and its 2013 sequel, The Ridiculous 6 (2015), The Do-Over (2016), and The Wrong Missy (2020).

He has been part of an ensemble cast of two sitcoms: Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and Rules of Engagement (2007–2013). Additionally, he starred as C. J. Barnes in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2004–2005). For his role in Just Shoot Me!, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globes. In animation, he voiced Ranger Frank in The Rugrats Movie (1998), Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and its direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove (2005), the red panda Aliur in Snowflake, the White Gorilla (2013) and Griffin the Invisible Man in the Hotel Transylvania film series (2012–2022). Spade hosted a late-night talk show Lights Out with David Spade, which premiered on July 29, 2019. Spade's comedic style, in both his stand-up material and acting roles, relies heavily on sarcasm and self-deprecation.[1][2]

Early life

Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, to Judith J. (née Meek), a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. "Sam" Spade, a sales representative.[3][4][5][6] His older brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade.[7] The latter is an entrepreneur who, together with David's sister-in-law Kate Spade, co-founded the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

Spade and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was four years old.[8] His parents divorced soon thereafter, and he and his brothers were raised for the most part by their mother, in relative poverty.[9]

Spade attended Saguaro High School and later Scottsdale Community College before transferring to Arizona State University and dropping out shortly thereafter since he was making a decent living doing stand-up.[10] He also was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[11] Spade performed standup at the university's long-running sketch comedy show, Farce Side Comedy Hour, on numerous occasions. In the mid-1980s he also did stand-up in the Monday night comedy show at Greasy Tony's Pizza in Tempe, Arizona.[12]


Early career

Spade began performing stand-up comedy after dropping out of college. After being spotted by a talent agent while performing at The Improv in Los Angeles he was cast in the 1987 film Police Academy 4.[13]

Saturday Night Live

Spade in 2004

With the help of friend and fellow comedian Dennis Miller, he joined Saturday Night Live in 1990.[12] Spade started as a writer and eventually moved up to cast member. While there, he became known for his brand of sarcasm, and his characters in a number of sketches were hits. Some of them include a flight attendant for "Total Bastard Airlines" who bids a dismissive "Buh-Bye" to each passenger upon disembarking; a receptionist for Dick Clark who, as a matter of policy, asks people indiscriminately, "And you are?"; and the quick-witted "Hollywood Minute" reporter who roasts celebrities with personal one-liners. Other characters include Christy Henderson from the Gap Girls and Karl from the Karl's Video sketches. He also did impressions of various celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Michael J. Fox. According to interviews with Spade, most of the material that he wrote early in his time at SNL was given to Dana Carvey to perform on the show. Spade, alongside Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider were known as the "Bad Boys" of SNL.[14]

After the major cast overhaul following the 1994–1995 season, Spade agreed to remain on the show for the 1995–96 season to serve as a bridge between the former cast and new cast members Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and Cheri Oteri. During this season, Spade was given a weekly segment called "Spade in America" which was a spin-off of his "Hollywood Minute" and "Weekend Update" commentaries.

On December 9, 1995, Spade revived "Hollywood Minute" inside one of his "Spade in America" segments; Spade joked, "Look, children, it's a falling star. Make a wish!" next to a picture of former Saturday Night Live cast member Eddie Murphy.[15] The one-liner referred to Murphy's lack of recent box office success, especially the bomb Vampire in Brooklyn. The quip made Murphy turn against both Spade and SNL for several years afterward.[16] Spade wrote in his 2015 memoir that he received an angry phone call from Murphy two days later at the SNL offices; the two did not reconcile until a chance meeting in 2011.[17][18] Spade left SNL in 1996. He returned to host an episode in 1998 and another in 2005.[19]

Breakout into film

Spade starred with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley in two buddy comedy films, Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996), both of which were distributed by Paramount Pictures. The two were planning a third film together, but Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33 and thus it was cancelled. When Spade declined to attend Farley's funeral, rumors abounded that there had been a falling out between the two. Spade stated that their friendship had been under some tension, partly because of Farley's drug problem and reckless lifestyle, which Spade admittedly could not keep up with. However, it never escalated to ill will, and that the reason he did not attend the funeral was simply because he could not handle it emotionally.[20]

Return to television, voice work and Joe Dirt

Although he received several offers to star in his own TV shows, he turned them down and joined the ensemble cast of Steven Levitan's office sitcom Just Shoot Me!, opposite Laura San Giacomo and George Segal, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. He played a sarcastic receptionist, Dennis Finch.

In 2000, Spade provided the voice of Kuzco in Disney's buddy comedy film, The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and would later reprise the role in its direct-to-video sequel Kronk's New Groove (2005).

While appearing on Just Shoot Me, Spade had his first solo starring role as the title character in the 2001 film Joe Dirt, which was a modest box office success. The film was co-written by Spade and Fred Wolf.

Further film work and television hosting

Spade starred again in the 2003 film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, again co-written by Spade and Wolf. It was the first of many films in which Spade has appeared that were produced by another Saturday Night Live castmate, Adam Sandler. Most notable among these are the films Grown Ups (2010) and Grown Ups 2 (2013), both of which included Spade and Sandler among the lead roles, and both of which were major box office hits.

Spade hosted both the Teen Choice Awards and SpikeTV's Video Game Awards in 2003. He voiced characters on several episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head and produced his own TV series Sammy in 2000. From 2002 to 2006, Spade regularly appeared in commercials for Capital One (with Nate Torrence) where he played the employee of a fictional rival company whose policy toward honoring credit card rewards (and just about everything else) is "always no". In 2004, he joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules, following the death of the sitcom's star, John Ritter, for the show's third and final season.

In 2018, Spade appeared in his first major dramatic role in the movie Warning Shot co-starring Bruce Dern and James Earl Jones, with Spade playing the dangerous grandson of a powerful business tycoon (Dern)

He hosted the Comedy Central TV show The Showbiz Show with David Spade for three seasons, from September 2005 to October 2007. On the show, Spade made fun of Hollywood and celebrities in a manner similar to his old "Hollywood Minute" segment on SNL.[21]

Video game work, animation and television acting

In the 2006 video game The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, Spade provided the voice of Spyro's dragonfly companion, Sparx.[22] From 2007 to 2013, he starred as Russell Dunbar in the ensemble CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. In 2010, he worked with TBS on a pilot for an animated series based on Joe Dirt, but it was eventually dropped.[23]

In 2014, Spade had a guest role on an episode of ABC sitcom The Goldbergs (on which George Segal, his former Just Shoot Me co-star, has a major role as "Pops", the protagonist's grandfather). The end credits featured an interaction between Pops and Spade's character.[24]

Lights Out with David Spade

In 2019, he started hosting a new late night show called Lights Out with David Spade on Comedy Central. The television spot was right after The Daily Show in the former slot inhabited by The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.[25] As the production was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, Comedy Central announced the show would not return to the channel once production can resume, but is instead being shopped around to a third-party broadcaster.[26]

In August 2020, Spade guest hosted two episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live! while Kimmel took a summer vacation.[27]

Snake Oil

On April 18, 2023, it was announced that Spade would host Snake Oil, a new game show broadcast by Fox.[28][29]

Awards and honors

Spade received an Emmy nomination[30] and two Golden Globe nominations for his role as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!.[31]

On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[32]

On April 1, 2012, Spade received a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress for his role as Monica (drag) in the 2011 film Jack and Jill.

Personal life

Spade has dated numerous actresses and celebrities, including Heather Locklear, Lara Flynn Boyle, Julie Bowen, Teri Hatcher, and Naya Rivera,[33][34] with E! News calling him "a bachelor-era George Clooney of the comedy world".[35]

He and 2005 Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace have a daughter together, Harper (born August 26, 2008).[36][37][38]

On November 29, 2000, Spade was attacked by his assistant David Warren "Skippy" Malloy while he was sleeping, using a stun gun on Spade after breaking into Spade's home in the early morning. In an interview with Howard Stern, Spade stated that he managed to get away from the 350-pound (160 kg) Malloy, run to his bedroom, grab his gun and defend himself by locking himself in a bathroom armed with the shotgun. Malloy pleaded guilty and avoided jail time on condition he seek counseling for drug and psychological problems. He subsequently received five years' probation, was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Spade and perform 480 hours of community service.[39][40][41]

In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the Phoenix Police Department to buy 300 firearms, including 50 AR-15 rifles for patrol officers.[42][43] Spade also donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013, $100,000 toward the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014, and $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in June 2018 after the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade, a fashion designer.[44]

Spade primarily resides in Beverly Hills, California although he also has residences in Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood.[45][46] His house was burgled in June 2017.[46]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Kyle
1992 Light Sleeper Theological Cokehead
1993 Coneheads Eli Turnbull
1994 Reality Bites The "Wienerschnitzel" Manager Uncredited
1994 PCU Rand McPherson
1995 Tommy Boy Richard Hayden MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
1996 Black Sheep Steven "Steve" Dodds
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Sergio
1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Ernest "Ernie" Lipscomb
1998 Senseless Scott Thorpe
1998 The Rugrats Movie Ranger Franklin Voice Only
1999 Lost & Found Dylan Ramsey Also Writer
2000 Loser Video Store Clerk Uncredited
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Emperor Kuzco Voice Only
Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
2001 Joe Dirt Joseph "Joe" Dirt Also Writer
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Dickie Roberts Also Writer
2005 Racing Stripes Scuzz Voice Only
2005 Lil' Pimp Principal Nixon Voice Only; Direct-to-DVD
2005 Kronk's New Groove Emperor Kuzco Voice Only; Direct-to-DVD
2006 Grandma's Boy Shiloh
2006 The Benchwarmers Richie Goodman Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Choice Chemistry
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Transvestite Groupie Cameo
2010 Grown Ups Marcus Higgins
2011 Jack & Jill Monica Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2012 Hotel Transylvania Griffin the Invisible Man Voice Only
2013 Jungle Master Boss Cain Voice Only
2013 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Aliur Voice Only: English Language Dub
2013 Grown Ups 2 Marcus Higgins
2015 Space Breakout Xanor Voice Only
2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser Joseph "Joe" Dirt Also Writer/ Executive Producer
2015 I Am Chris Farley Himself Documentary
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Griffin the Invisible Man Voice Only
2015 The Ridiculous 6 General Custer
2016 The Do-Over Charlie McMillian
2017 Mad Families Johnny Jon-John Also Writer
2017 Sandy Wexler Himself
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Griffin the Invisible Man Voice Only
2018 Father of the Year Wayne
2018 Warning Shot Bobby
2020 The Wrong Missy Tim Morris Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo
2022 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Griffin the Invisible Man Voice Only[47]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Facts Of Life Scott Episode: "Big Apple Blues"
1989 Baywatch B. J. Episode: "Second Wave"
1990 ALF Larry Slotkin Episode: "Make 'em Laugh"
1990 Monsters Teddy Episode: "Small Blessings"
1990 Born To Be Mild Stage Assistant Uncredited
Television film
1990–1996 Saturday Night Live Various roles 70 episodes; also writer
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (1990–1993)
1992, 1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1993-1995 Beavis and Butt-Head Mr. Manners / Mr. Candy / Ticket Attendant (voices) 3 episodes
1997–2003 Just Shoot Me! Dennis Finch 149 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1999–2000)
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1999)
1998 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "David Spade/Eagle-Eye Cherry"
1998 Take The Hit Himself Stand-up special
2000 Sammy Sammy Blake / James Blake (voices) 13 episodes
2002 Greg the Bunny Himself Episode: "Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction"
2003 2003 Spike Video Game Awards Himself (host) Television special
2004 Father of the Pride Tommy the Coyote (voice) Episode: "Road Trip"
2004–2005 8 Simple Rules C. J. Barnes 39 episodes
2005 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "David Spade/Jack Johnson"
2005–2007 The Showbiz Show with David Spade Himself (host) 39 episodes; also writer and executive producer
2007–2013 Rules of Engagement Russell Dunbar 100 episodes
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: The Reunion
2011 Entourage Himself Episode: "The Big Bang"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Christopher Episode: "Blow Outs"
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Talc Munson 2 episodes
2014 My Fake Problems Himself Stand-up special
2014 The Goldbergs Gus Episode: "Love is a Mixtape"
2015 Real Rob Himself Episode: "VIP Treatment"
2015–2017 Fameless Himself 7 episodes
2016 Crowded Kyle Episode: "RearviewMirror"
2016 Inside Amy Schumer Showrunner Episode: "Welcome to the Gun Show"
2016 Roadies Harris DeSoto 4 episodes
2016 Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe Himself (roastmaster) Television special
2017–2018 Love Steven Hopkins 4 episodes
2017 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself (guest host) 1 episode
2017 Lady Dynamite Himself Episode: "Kids Have to Dance"
2017 The Mayor Ed Gunt 7 episodes
2019–2020 Lights Out with David Spade Himself (host) Also creator, writer and executive producer
2020 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself Episode: "Pink and David Spade"
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride[48] Westley Episode: "Chapter Four: Battle of the Wits"
2020–present The Netflix Afterparty Himself (host) 2 episodes
2021 Mr. Mayor Himself Episode: "Brentwood Trash"
2021 The Circle Afterparty Himself (host)
2021 Bachelor in Paradise Himself (host) Two Episodes
2022 Nothing Personal Himself Stand-up special
2022 Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special Himself Stand-up special[49]
2022 HouseBroken Himself (voice) Episode: "Who's Found Themselves in One of Those Magical Christmas Life Swap Switcheroos?"
2023 Snake Oil Himself (host) [28][29]

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2006 The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Sparx

Music videos

Year Title Performer
1993 "Buddy" Adam Sandler
2018 "Gucci Flip Flops" Bhad Bhabie


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