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FX’s Dave: The Anatomy of a Hit Comedy


Saturday, June 26 7:00PM - 8:00PM


Panelists: Dave Burd (creator, rapper, comedian, actor), Jeff Schaffer (co-creator), Saladin Patterson (executive producer, writer), GaTa (actor), Taylor Misiak (actor), Andrew Santino (actor), Travis Bennett (actor) and Christine Ko (actor). Moderator: Derek Lawrence (Associate Editor, Entertainment Weekly).

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It all begins with one idea, which turns into a concept…a bible…a script…a pilot…and, hopefully, a hit series. Yet, there are so many people, decisions and steps in between that are rarely discussed. Sit down with the creative team and cast of Dave to discuss how the show developed from its pilot episode all the way through to the last season. Veteran creatives and executives share their insight on how Dave became FX’s highest rated comedy. Season two of Dave airs on Wednesdays at 10p on FX, available the next day on FX on Hulu.


Dave Burd, known by his stage name Lil Dicky, is a multi-platinum rapper and comedian. He came to prominence with the release of the music video for his song Ex-Boyfriend, which went viral with more than one million views on YouTube in 24 hours. In 2015, Burd released his debut album Professional Rapper that featured collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan, T-Pain and Brendon Urie. The record debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, topped the Rap Albums and Independent Albums charts and has spent over 100 weeks atop the Comedy Albums chart. Burd released his hit-single Freaky Friday in 2018, which now has 1.6 billion streams globally. In 2019, Burd debuted Earth, a music-led initiative to raise awareness for climate change and the environment. Accompanied by an animated short film, which featured cameos from Justin Bieber, Sia, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Kevin Hart, and more, the initiative raised over $800k for climate change and COVID-19 relief organizations. Based on his own life and developed alongside Emmy®-winning writer Jeff Schaffer, the first season of Dave ranks as FX's highest rated comedy.

Jeff Schaffer doesn't want to talk about all the work he's done. Don't get him wrong, he wants you to know about it and he really wants the adulation, but he doesn't want to have to tell you himself and seem like a braggart. Schaffer would love you to know that he's spent a large portion of his adult life working with Larry David, writing and then producing four seasons of Seinfeld with his partner Alec Berg, eventually helping to run the show until it was cruelly cancelled. And he wants you to hear all about how he has worked on Curb Your Enthusiasm since season five as a writer, director and executive producer. But he can't tell you any of this. How cheesy do you think he is? Schaffer's also worked on movies that he would love to be commended for, including Eurotrip, Clear History and traveling around the world with Sacha Baron Cohen writing and producing Bruno and The Dictator. These are the highlights. Lowlights are available upon request. And of course, Schaffer wants you to know that he and his wife Jackie created and ran the show The League for seven seasons. But he can't just come right out and say it. That would smack of desperation. Though his schedule has been hectic, Schaffer has still found the time to regret this bio. He thinks the third-person angle is bullshit and he sounds a bit full of himself.

Travis Bennett is a 27-year-old actor, writer and creative from Los Angeles, California. Bennett got his start as a DJ within the music collective Odd Future where he quickly became a fan favorite. Bennett has also found success in the fashion industry as a creator and model, and has long been a respected tastemaker across various fields in art and entertainment.

Taylor Misiak is originally from the Bay Area where she discovered a passion for acting at the young age of seven. From the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose to graduating with a B.F.A. in acting from Ithaca College in New York, Misiak has never stopped performing. Now based in Los Angeles, Misiak's recent acting credits include a guest-starring role on Netflix's American Vanda l and a recurring role on NBC's I Feel Bad. Misiak previously co-starred in The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and NBC's About a Boy. She starred in Lil Dicky's Pillow Talking music video alongside Dave Burd and John C. Reilly.

GaTa is a Los Angeles native and the spiritual cornerstone of the Lil Dicky camp. Making his acting debut on Dave, GaTa earned critical acclaim in the self-titled role, particularly in the first season's "Hype Man" episode, which was based on his real mental health struggles. GaTa has grown to become one of Lil Dicky's most trusted confidants and an advocate for mental health awareness.

Andrew Santino stars in Dave (FXX) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO). He appeared in the feature The Disaster Artist directed by and starring James Franco, as well as Game Over, Man! written and produced by The Workaholics crew. He also starred in the Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here, executive produced by Jim Carrey and directed by Jonathan Levine. Previously, Santino was the star of ABC's comedy Mixology. Santino's hourlong Showtime stand-up special Home Field Advantage debuted in 2017. His Comedy Central half-hour stand-up special was released alongside his debut album, "No More" on Comedy Central Records. Santino was a regular guest on Comedy Central's @midnight with Chris Hardwick and made his stand-up debut on Adam DeVine's House Party. He has since performed stand-up on Conan and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Santino has headlined Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as well as SXSW and numerous clubs across the country. Santino got his start in acting and writing on the final season of Punk'd for MTV and has since guest starred on NBCs This Is Us, Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, Netflix's Arrested Development, HBO's Family Tree, NBC's The Office, FX's The League and Hulu's Deadbeat.

2020 was a busy year for Christine Ko. She starred in Tigertail, Alan Yang's feature film for Netflix, as well as Dave. Ko previously appeared in a season-long arc on Hawaii Five-0 for CBS and as a series regular on the highly-acclaimed comedy The Great Indoors with Joel McHale and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Born in Chicago and raised between Atlanta and Taiwan, Ko speaks fluent Mandarin and enjoys golfing, surfing, cooking and '90s R&B.

Saladin K. Patterson is currently an executive producer of the FXX comedy Dave. Prior to his work on Dave, Saladin K. Patterson was the showrunner for the hit TBS comedy The Last O.G. starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish. Patterson completed three seasons as co-executive producer of CBS's long-running The Big Bang Theory, which he joined after serving as a consulting producer on Two and a Half Men, another CBS hit comedy. He completed seven seasons as the co-executive producer on USA Network's comedy Psych. Prior to that, he was under a multi-year development deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he served as co-executive producer on FOX's The Bernie Mac Show. Before joining the Bernie Mac staff, Patterson was a producer for three seasons on NBC's Emmy®-winning sitcom Frasier after getting his start on ABC's Teen Angel and FOX's The PJs starring Eddie Murphy. Patterson wrote The Fighting Temptations for Paramount Pictures and MTV Films starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. Additionally, he has contributed to features including Undercover Brother, Scary Movie 4, Scary Movie 5, The Honeymooners, Beauty Shop, Shrek Goes Fourth, Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked, Trolls and has sold numerous television pilots to NBC, USA, FOX, The WB and TV Land. In 1996, Patterson began his writing career as one of four writers chosen for the prestigious Walt Disney Writer's Fellowship Program. Upon completion of the program, he was selected to become a writer on Disney/ABC's Teen Angel. In 1998, Patterson was selected as executive story editor on FOX's The PJs. With eight produced scripts between the two shows, the writer-turned-director completed his first independent production, titled Da Sixth Sense, which appeared in the Acapulco Black Film Festival where it received runner-up for the grand prize and aired on HBO and Cinemax. In May 2003, Patterson completed his second independent project titled One Flight Stand which he wrote, directed and produced. It subsequently screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, Pan-African Film Festival and Aspen ShortsFest. Patterson is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and an M.I.T. alumnus with a degree in electrical engineering. He also received his M.A. in psychology from Vanderbilt University. Based on his unique background, he was selected to serve on a special subcommittee of President Obama's Job Council, which was comprised of entertainment professionals with backgrounds in science and engineering. He now resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Chelsea, his daughter Micah and son Joshua.

Derek Lawrence is an Associate Editor at Entertainment Weekly, and the host of EW's BINGE: The Fast Saga

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