David Brenner

David Brenner
David Brenner
Born February 4, 1936 (1936-02-04) (age 75)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Standup comedian, actor, author and filmmaker
Spouse Elizabeth Slater (2000-2001)

David Brenner (born February 4, 1936)[1] is an American standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker.


Born and raised in poor areas of Philadelphia, Brenner found comedy a major source of relief from the daily trials and tribulations he faced in his youth. His neighborhood has been one of the top-ranked crime neighborhoods for almost 90 years.[citation needed] Unlike most of the children in the neighborhood, he managed to stay away from too much trouble. His sense of humor led to his immense popularity in his school years, winning Brenner the title of "Class President" every year. After high school he hung out on the street corner for two years, followed by two years in the army, serving in the 101st Airborne and as a cryptographer in the 595th Signal Corp in Boblingen, Germany. After being discharged, he attended Temple University where he majored in mass communications, graduating with honors.[2]

After making his national television debut on the The Tonight Show he became the show's most frequent guest with 158 appearances.[3] Since the majority of his jokes deal with current events, mostly political, he has become somewhat of a political pundit, and has been a guest on several news-oriented shows in the recent past, and was also ranked #53 on Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time." Brenner has appeared more often on major TV Talk Shows than any other entertainer.[4]

Prior to beginning his standup career, he wrote produced and directed over a hundred made-for-TV documentaries, which garnered him many awards, including an Emmy[citation needed]. He is also the author of five books.[5] David has three children named Slade, Wyatt and Cole.[6]

David and the mother of his first son, Cole, fought a bitter custody battle lasting several years in The Supreme Court of New York. David finally won custody of their son Cole in 1994.

David married Elizabeth Slater of New York, the mother of his sons Slade and Wyatt, in the closing minutes of his Live from The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada HBO Special[7] on February 19, 2000. They got divorced a little over a year later and fought two bitter custody battles, both of which David won.

David is engaged to Olympian Pair Skater and skating Hall of Fame inductee, Tai Babilonia,[8] the female half of Tai & Randy.

In the 1989 romantic comedy Worth Winning (with Mark Harmon, Madeleine Stowe, Lesley Ann Warren) he had an appearance as a charity ball auctioneer.


  1. ^ Howard Stern Interview - The 9 Year Margin of Error http://howardstern.com/rundown.hs?j=n&d=1233550800
  2. ^ I am David Brenner
  3. ^ David Brenner (II) - Biography
  4. ^ The Book of Lists #2 Pg. 203.
  5. ^ Amazon search by author
  6. ^ David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance, 2000, HBO.
  7. ^ IMDB
  8. ^ People Magazine archive May 26, 2008 Vol. 69 No. 20

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