"Super Dave Osborne" 1942-2019

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Gary Mitchell, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Gary Mitchell

    Gary Mitchell Admiral Admiral

    May 16, 2001
    ¯\_(°·O)_/¯ Florida
    Bob Einstein aka "Super Dave Osborne" has passed away at the age of 76. http://bobeinstein.com/
    Rest in peace Super Dave.

    One thing that I didn't know: His brother in real life is comedian, writer and director Albert Brooks.
  2. Big Matty

    Big Matty Ensign Red Shirt

    Jan 3, 2019
    I was always fond of him in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Because of his age, I was willing to overlook if not forgive his racial scandals.

  3. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

    May 19, 2005
    Far North Chicago Suburbs
    He wrote for a lot of shows going back to 1968 on top of his many appearances.

  4. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored That's not... ahhhh... logical, man Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Pretty Fly for a Vulcan Guy
    I wasn't aware of that either despite knowing about Super Dave and his character on Curb for decades, but now that you mention it, I totally see the resemblance.

    Rest in peace.

    ETA: And just ignore the Big Matty guy, everyone. He's been posting stuff like that all over the board, so he's not going to be here for long.
  5. 1001001

    1001001 Pull Up a Groove and Get Fabulous! Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    Flying Aboard Aircraft One
    Super Dave! :lol:

    His appearances on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee were great.

    A very talented guy.

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  6. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 16, 2003
    Alt: 5280
    I showed my kids several Super Dave bits last night; 'King of the road" just paid off so beautifully!
    I agree digits, he was great on CCGC. Did Jerry ever actually give him that car?
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  7. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Yeah, Albert Brooks is really Albert Einstein. He appeared with his brother in a great scene in Modern Romance.

    One story Bob Einstein told in a couple of interviews: When Tom Smothers phoned to talk to him about working on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Einstein thought it was a friend playing a joke on him. So when Tommy asked if he could come to his office for a meeting, Einstein said "Yeah, sorry, I can't make it, I've got a previous commitment. My uncle's a hunchback and he's straightening out that day." Who comes up with something like that?

    When he did hire on with the show, he partnered with another young writer, Steve Martin.

    I didn't have cable in the '80s so I picked up Super Dave from appearances on Carson and Letterman. They were always fully written segments, with video clips, some fairly silly gags or goofy jokes with long, long setups. What sold the material was the stone-faced, straighter-than-straight way he delivered everything. When the audience would laugh during the setup, Super Dave would pause and look out with a completely blank expression, as if what he was saying was the most serious thing in the world, and of course the audience would laugh even harder. How he kept from cracking all these years I'll never know.

    Later on "Curb," Marty Funkhouser became one of Larry's greatest frenemies, his disagreements usually ending in a hilarious and profane tirade in that raised raspy voice.

    I can think of very few people in my whole life who have made me laugh as much as Bob Einstein. Really sorry he's gone.

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  8. Doc Mugatu

    Doc Mugatu Captain Captain

    Jul 22, 2018
    So weird. I was binge watching Super Dave's exploits on his YouTube channel just days before he passed. May he be at peace. God bless. Amen,
  9. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

    May 19, 2005
    Far North Chicago Suburbs
    I just saw this one in my YT feed. So un-PC, I really miss the 70's.