David Mirkin (born September 18, 1955) is an American feature film and television director, writer and producer, known for his work on The Simpsons. He is a native of Philadelphia and an alumnus of Loyola Marymount University. He has won several Emmys along with the Peabody Award.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Northeast High School in 1975. His father was a computer engineer. Mirkin started out in an electrical engineering career but after an internship at Philadelphia's Drexel University opted to give it up. He moved to Los Angeles, California and attended film school at Loyola Marymount University.
Mirkin started out as a stand-up comedian in 1982 and performed across the United States, including at the Comedy Store (where he became a regular) and The Improv. His first joke used in his stand-up routine was "Is it just me or has everybody been coughing up blood lately?" His first job writing for television was on the American version Three's Company. Mirkin was the executive script supervisor and writer for Newhart from 1984 to 1985. In 1986 he became executive producer and showrunner through 1988, continuing to write and also direct episodes. In 1987 he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
In the early 1990s, Mirkin created a television series with comedian Chris Elliott, entitled Get a Life, which he also wrote and directed. He also wrote a pilot with Julie Brown and Charlie Coffey entitled The Julie Show, starring co-creator Brown. It was not picked up for the fall season.
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