David Spade is an American actor,
comedian and producer. Spade was born in Birmingham,
Michigan, the youngest of Wayne Spade and Judy Todd's
three sons. He grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and is
the brother of Andy Spade, CEO of Kate Spade and brother-in-law
of the famed designer Kate Spade.
Spade graduated with a degree in business from Arizona
State University in 1986 and is a member of Sigma Alpha
Spade, encouraged by friends to pursue a career in
comedy, joined Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a regular
cast member and writer. Here he made popular his well-known
sarcastic, smart alec character in a number of skits,
some of which include: a flight attendant who bids
an unpleasant "Buh-Bye" to passengers as
they deplane; a receptionist for Dick Clark who, as
a matter of policy, asks even the most recognizable
face "And you are?"; and, most famously,
the bitingly sarcastic Hollywood Minute reporter who
assaults celebrities with a series of one-liners. This
particular role won Spade both acclaim from the public
and scorn from celebrities—perhaps most noticeably
from fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus Eddie Murphy
when Spade did a joke in which a photograph of Murphy,
whose career had started to falter, was shown, and
Spade quipped, "Look children, a falling star...
Quick, make a wish." He also impersonated celebrities
such as Michael J. Fox, Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty.
Though many of the cast left in 1995, Spade stayed
on the following year to help in the transition with
the new cast. He returned to host an episode in 1997
and another in 2005.
Spade also has a reasonably successful movie career
highlighted by his work with fellow Saturday Night
Live cast member Chris Farley. His more recent movies,
such as Joe Dirt, while not commercial successes, have
gained a strong cult following. In 1997 Spade reprised
his role as a sarcastic receptionist in the television
series Just Shoot Me.