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David Steinberg on standup comedy

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David Steinberg says his career has evolved since his early days as a standup comedian in the late 1960s. He rejected a career as a rabbi – “I was too devious and too mischievous, even then,” he tells the CBC's Sue Prestedge in this 1986 interview. Steinberg, who was born in Winnipeg but left for Chicago at 15, talks about his hometown, how his comedy style has changed, and his decision to move into directing film, television and commercials. He has not, however, abandoned his first vocation, because, he asserts, “I don’t ever give up comedy, comedy is what I do and it is the centre that informs all of my work.”

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: June 18, 1986
Interviewer: Sue Prestedge
Guest: David Steinberg
Duration: 11:51

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