• Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1983
• Has an unnamed twin brother
• Studied at Lansing Community College
• Four-time contestant on "Last Comic Standing"
• Started performing at Second City Comedy Theater in Chicago at 19 years old
• Has appeared on various shows and released his debut album "Nimble Fingers" in 2019
• Struggled with addiction, contemplated suicide, and police violence in his youth
• Married to fellow comedian Martin Butler
• Net worth estimated at $1.4 million
Early life, family, educational background
Comedian, writer, producer and radio actor Dave Landau, was born under the star sign of Pisces on 9 June 1983, in Detroit. Michigan, USA; not much is known about Dave’s family and early childhood, but he reportedly has an (unnamed) twin brother. Dave studied at Lansing Community College.
Dave has been a contestant four times in “Last Comic Standing,” a reality television competition series, in the seasons that aired in 2007, 2008 and 2014, as well as the 8th season of the series, where he ended up in the finals, but didn’t win.
His career started when he was 19 years old after he matriculated from high school. He began performing at the Second City Comedy Theater in Chicago. According to improvtampa.com, Dave’s mind ‘goes to places that angels fear to tread,’ which they insist is a trait of a good comedian. ‘Dave finds jokes everywhere; with his own foibles and faults, to his family, to pop culture and the state of the world today.’
In 2003, Dave appeared as himself in the television film “Night Shift,” and in 2006 he voiced broadcaster Henry Cho in “What’s That Clickin’ Noise?” In 2007, he appeared in the parody series “Live at Gotham”, and in 2008, he guest-appeared in “The Bob and Tom Show.” In 2009, he performed at Man Up, Stand-Up. The following year, he attended the Detroit International Comedy Festival as a main act, and from 2014 to 2016, he performed at the Gotham Comedy Live.
In 2009, he was nominated to join season eight of NBC’s competition series, “Last Comic Standing,” where he ended up as a finalist. He was previously in the show in 2007 and 2008. The show brought him a lot of attention and fans which led to more television appearances, including on Comedy Central. When asked about how he writes his scripts, Dave shared, ‘I tell a story until it has a lot of punchlines and a big ending. I work it and work it. I don’t record anything, if it’s good, I’ll remember it. Many comics disagree with me on that and I don’t care. It works for me.’
Dave appeared in “Comedy Television” in 2012, “Comics Unleashed ” in 2015, and in April 2018, in Compound Media’s “Anthony Cumia Show” to replace Artie Lange – the show’s name was then changed to “The Anthony Cumia Show with Dave Landau.” That year, he also guest-appeared in “This Is Not Happening”, and in 2019 he made another guest appearance, this time in “Mornin’!!!” with Sincerely Kat and Bill Schulz.
— Dave Landau (@LandauDave) July 11, 2022
In 2020, he was in an episode of “Fox Files,” he went with Michael Malice to visit “Night Shade”, and appeared on three podcasts: Louder with Crowder, Good Morning Mug Club, and The Pantelis Podcast. In 2019 and 2020, he appeared in “Your Welcome” and “Un-PC.” He is the third chair on Blaze TV’s conservative talk show, “Louder with Crowder” on Comedy Central and the TACS channel.
On 17 December 2019, he released his debut album “Nimble Fingers,” which was made up of ten songs including, “Blow Your Brains Out,” “Wayburn, My Dog,” “Nine Lives” and “Mastermind.” All of the songs are explicit. On the day of release, the album reached number one on Amazon and iTunes.
While in school, Dave suffered through some tough years. He experienced addiction to narcotics, battled with contemplated suicide, and police violence. He speaks only about his past and how he got into drugs – after tragically losing his father to brain cancer, Dave turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with his loss. At around 18, he turned his life around and focused on completing his high school education, after which he pursued comedy and studied film.
In an interview with Detroit Comedy Scene, he shared how he, his partner, and other comedians performed an improv comedy show in Detroit, ‘I used to run an improv/stand up show at The Village idiot with my wife and Ken Kuykendall, Sebastian Oberst, Sam Richardson that would be packed every Sunday.’
He’s married to fellow comedian Martin Butler. Dave often tweets about humorous interactions between himself and his son with Martin. On 12 April 2020, he shared, ‘My Son: Dad, is Easter when Jesus comes and punches bad guys? Me: Yes.’
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- His comedy role models are Robert Schimmel, Bernie Mac, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, and Eddie Murphy.
Dave stands at 5ft 6ins (168cm) tall, weighs about 172lbs (78kg), and has dark brown eyes and brown hair, usually styled as a mohawk. His dark hair and eyes are quite striking against his fair complexion; he sometimes grows his beard.
Net worth and salary
As of July 2022, Dave’s net worth is estimated at $1.4 million. Dave earns his money through his comedy tours – most of his shows are sold out. He also earns money from his music releases on Amazon.
Who is Martin Butler?
Martin Butler is a fellow comedian and the two started out as friends, often putting comedy shows on together. Their friendship soon blossomed into more. The pair is married and have a son together. Their wedding date, son’s birth date and name are all private information that they haven’t shared with fans. Martin’s birthday is also unknown, but fans suspect that he’s between 35 and 40 years old. He doesn’t have any active social media accounts.
Martin and Dave knew each other in high school and would perform comedy improv together with a few other friends. They stated that their chemistry was always present.