After graduating from Pomona College, David moved to Boston, where he wrote political satire, hosted a live music radio show and performed as a comic folksinger and stand-up comedian at colleges, coffeehouses and nightclubs in New England and the Midwest. His song “Somerville” was released nationally by Fretless Records and he was named “Best Comedian In Boston” by Boston Magazine.
He moved to California to write for “Mork and Mindy”, which was nominated for two Emmy awards. He also co-wrote “Leave It To Dave”, the pilot for David Letterman’s first talk-show.
He’s since written, created and/or produced programs for all the major networks and many of the major (and minor) cable outlets. Among his credits: he co-wrote and directed an episode of the syndicated series “Monsters” which was chosen for competition at the Banff International Television Festival; Executive Story Editor on the legendary Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker series “Police Squad!”; co-writer and producer of “Callahan”, a pilot later screened at the Los Angeles Museum of Art Television Festival; guest writer on “Saturday Night Live”.
David was Executive Consultant on “She Spies” (chosen as one of “5 TV Spies To Love” by Time Magazine) and wrote the TV-movie “Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork and Mindy’” (NBC).
In features, he was Special Consultant on THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (Tri-Star). His screenplays include SUMMER HOUSE (MGM); CONVENTION, and DEFROSTED (Touchstone); GIRL-GRABBERS FROM VENUS, FAST FORWARD, and DISTURBING THE PEACE (Warner Brothers).
David’s had one-act plays produced at The Three Roses Players, The Blank Theatre, the Burbage Theater Ensemble and HBO Workspace (Los Angeles), Pepsico Summerfare (Purchase, NY) and Manhattan Punch Line; and his play “Occupied” is in development at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles.
David’s written A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption and his Funny: The Book has been called “the best book on comedy ever written by David Misch.” He’s also been published in The American Bystander, May Contain Nuts and Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions; he blogs for The Huffington Post.
David’s spoken about comedy at many venues, including Oxford University, the Smithsonian Institute, the University of Sydney (Australia); Yale, the 92nd St. Y (New York); American Film Institute, Grammy Museum, Second City and Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles); California Women’s Conference (Long Beach), Crawford Family Forum (KPCC Pasadena Public Radio); the New York Public Library; Lucasfilm, Electronic Arts, Adobe Inc.; St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, Chicago Tribune Book Festival, West Hollywood Book Fair; the Burbank and North Carolina Comedy Festivals; Austin Film Festival, the SATE Themed Entertainment, Midwest Popular Culture Association and VIEW Cinema (Torino, Italy) conferences; and he’s taught his own courses on comedy at USC and musical satire at UCLA.