David Wayne Spade
(July 22, 1964-) is an American comedian and actor who was famous for starring on Saturday Night Live
from 1990 to 1996, and starring on sitcoms like Just Shoot Me!
, 8 Simple Rules
(after John Ritter died), and Rules of Engagement
He was part of the "Bad Boys of SNL" in the early 90s, along with Adam Sandler
, Chris Farley
, Chris Rock
, and Rob Schneider. While most of his castmates either quit or were kicked off the show due to the heavy Seasonal Rot
of season 20 (with NBC threatening Lorne Michaels
to either revamp his show and make it funny again or cancel it once and for allnote
), he stayed on to help the new cast settle in (then left after his screentime was reduced drastically).
Some of his SNL
characters included a rude flight attendant who'd tell departing passengers "Buh-Bye" ("Total Bastard Airlines"), a receptionist for Dick Clark who would ask people "And you are
?" (even going as far as to give Jesus Christ [played by Phil Hartman
] the same treatment), one of the Gap Girls with Sandler and Farley, and Karl from the "Karl's Videos" sketches. Some of his celebrity impressions on the show included Brad Pitt
(with whom he actually went to elementary school), Kato Kaelin, Kurt Cobain, Denis Leary, Jeff Foxworthy, and Owen Wilson.
He also did the "Hollywood Minute" sketch as part of Weekend Update, in which he'd make Take Thats
to Hollywood stars, including a notorious one to Eddie Murphy
("Look, kids! It's a falling star. Make a wish!").
He was close with Chris Farley
, frequently doing sketches together, and starring together in Tommy Boy
and Black Sheep
. After Farley's sudden death in 1997, Spade notably did not attend his funeral, saying "I just couldn't have gone into a room where Chris was in a box
He also appeared in a series of Capital One credit card commercials as a phone operator who would answer "No" to everything.
Selected filmography of David Spade:
Tropes applying to David Spade:
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency to play these.
- Fat and Skinny: Skinny to Farley's Fat.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He is a genuinely nice guy in real life.
- Older Than They Look: Still manages to look relatively young over the years.
- Sunglasses at Night: Has said in interviews that he has eye problems that make seeing in certain levels of light painful, so he is often seen wearing shades indoors and at night.
- What the Hell, Dad?: Almost said word for word in one of his standup routines when he reveals that Spade's dad constantly talks about how he had sex with Spade's mother...when she was 19.