The New York Times has called David Steinberg “a comic institution.”
This summer in Norfolk, the comedian, author, actor and director will be described in another way: comedy legend.
Steinberg will be this year’s recipient of the Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award at the 2014 Great American Comedy Festival presented by Nucor Steel.
Steinberg and his wife, Robyn, will be on hand to receive the award at the Saturday, June 14, festival performance at the Johnny Carson Theatre.
His connection to Johnny Carson is strong. After his first appearance on the “The Tonight Show,” he became one of Carson’s most popular guests and guest hosts, with 140 appearances — second only to Bob Hope. Steinberg was the youngest person ever to guest host “The Tonight Show.”
A legendary comedian of the 1960s through the ’80s, Steinberg is now regarded as one of the best and most creative directors working in television today. He has directed numerous episodes of “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You,” “Newhart” and “Designing Women,” which he also executive produced.