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There are at least two artists called David Cross: (1) an American actor, writer and comedian and (2) an English progressive rock musician.

1) David Cross (born April 4, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actor, writer, and .

David Cross grew up in Roswell, Georgia and briefly attended Emerson College in Massachusetts but dropped out almost immediately after enrolling to begin his stand-up career. He was part of several troupes in the Boston area, including Cross Comedy, which occasionally performed before and during concerts featuring local bands, most notably the Cavedogs.

Cross began his professional television career on The Ben Stiller Show. The short-lived Fox Network program hired him as a writer toward the end of the series’ run, but he occasionally made brief appearances in some of the skits. This included a memorable speaking role in one of the show’s most ambitious sketches, “The Legend of T.J. O’Pootertoots,” which was written almost entirely by Cross.

It was during this period that he first met Bob Odenkirk, with whom he would later co-create the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David in 1995. He later co-starred as Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development, another Fox production. In addition to these larger roles, he has made cameo appearances on shows like Just Shoot Me, The Drew Carey Show, NewsRadio, Strangers with Candy, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Since October 2005, Cross has been appearing as Stephen Colbert’s archnemesis, a fictional liberal radio talk show host named “Russ Lieber” on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. He is currently working on an animated series for Comedy Central called Freak Show, which costars H.


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