Nominated for a 1999 Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on “Just Shoot Me,” David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The comedian was also nominated for a Golden Globe 2000, and an American Comedy Award in 1999, for his work on “Just Shoot Me”, Spade’s television and film career continues to grow.
Spade will next be seen in the Happy Madison/ Sony comedy GROWNUPS alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Steve Buscemi. The film is set for release on June 25, 2010.
Spade can currently be seen in the fourth season of the CBS’s comedy “Rules of Engagement.” The show is produced by Sony’s Happy Madison Productions and centers around three men, in different stages of their relationships: married, engaged and single. The half hour situational comedy stars Spade as the content bachelor and serial dater, as the comedy follows this unique friendship. The show has enjoyed excellent ratings in its first three seasons and the fourth season premiered on March 1st, 2010.
Spade was last seen on “The Showbiz Show” for Comedy Central. The show, which Spade created, executive produced, hosted and wrote along with pal Hugh Fink (former “SNL” writer) launched their third season March 15, 2007. The critically acclaimed half hour comedy spoof on Hollywood, a la Spade’s famed “Saturday Night Live” sketch “Hollywood Minute,” featured Spade’s biting comedy and quick wit and he once again became a favorite among fans and industry peers. The show premiered in September 2005 and climbed in the ratings ever since.
Spade starred Sony’s box office hit BENCHWARMERS about a trio of guys who try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads. The film which also stars Jon Heder, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider opened at #1 in April 2006, making over 20 million in the its first weekend.
Spade also lent his familiar voice and flair for comedy to the movie RACING STRIPES for Warner Brothers. He and Steve Harvey play two horse flies that happen to be brothers. Their collective conversations provide this touching family film with a little comic relief. Whoopie Goldberg and Dustin Hoffman also lend their voices to the film. RACING STRIPES premiered #1 at the box office opening weekend.
In 2003, Spade was seen starring in Paramount’s DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR, which he co-wrote with Fred Wolf. Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company produced the film, which enjoyed a #1 opening weekend slot at the box office. In it he plays a struggling actor who hasn’t seen the light of fame since puberty. He fixates on a movie role that will bring his career back to life, but in order to get it, he has to re-live his childhood. He proceeds to rent a family in order to learn how to be a normal kid. DICKIE ROBERTS has the same smart, dry comedy as all of Spade’s movies, but also has an incredible heartwarming effect as you watch him grow with and learn from his “rented” brother and sister.
Spade previously starred in Columbia Tristar’s JOE DIRT of which he also co-wrote. In this Happy Madison production, Spade portrays ‘Joe’ a man searching for his parents who abandoned him as a baby at the Grand Canyon. JOE DIRT enjoyed enormous success at the box-office and continues to be a top selling DVD.
Spade was the lead voice of animated holiday Disney classic, THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE. Eartha Kitt, John Goodman, and Wendie Malick join Spade, with a soundtrack composed and performed by Sting, which grossed over $150 million worldwide.
Spade co-starred with “SNL” alumnus Chris Farley in the films TOMMY BOY and BLACKSHEEP, and the pair won a 1996 MTV Movie Award for ‘Best On-Screen Duo’ for the former. His other feature credits include REALITY BITES, LIGHT SLEEPER, and CONEHEADS. In 1999, Spade starred the romantic comedy LOST & FOUND, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.
In addition to “SNL,” Spade has guest-starred on the critically acclaimed “The Larry Sanders Show” and appeared in HBO’s “13th Annual Young Comedians Special.” In 1999 he headlined his own HBO special, “David Spade: Take the Hit.”
Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters and colleges across the country. He made his television debut on “SNL: and was soon named the Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. Some of Spade’s memorable characters on ‘SNL,” where he served as both a writer and a performer, included the sarcastic “Hollywood Minute” reporter on “Weekend Update” and he also started the catch phrases “And you are…?” and “Buh-Bye!”.