1. Born in Queens, New York, he grew up in Rockville Centre, New York with his cousins the Small family and now lives in New York City.
2. After graduating from New York University in 1987 with a degree in communications, Attell worked menial jobs during the day and put in his time at comedy clubs at night.
3. Perhaps his biggest break was achieved on November 23, 1993, when he made his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
4. The appearance was seen by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, who then recruited Attell to be a writer, and occasional performer, on SNL.
5. Attell can be seen behind Chris Farley during the famous “Rudy Giuliani Inauguration” sketch.
6. In 1995, Attell was featured on two HBO specials: alongside up-and-comers Louis C.K., Anthony Clark, Eric Tunney and Dave Chappelle.
7. He was a featured performer on the 1995 Young Comedians Special hosted by Garry Shandling.
8. Subsequently, Attell was also given an episode of HBO Comedy Half-Hour in 1997.
9. In 1995, Attell appeared as Squiggly Dave on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
10. In 1999 the network issued Attell an installment in their Comedy Central Presents series.
11. The same year the network signed him on as a regular commentator on their satirical news show The Daily Show.
12. The three-year stint gave Attell access to a mass audience on a regular basis .
13. In 2003, Attell began appearing semi-regularly on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.
14. The show featured many of the performers he works with every day at the underground comedy club the Comedy Cellar and is based on the conversations they would have off-stage at the Olive Tree Cafe, the restaurant above the club.
15. In July 2008, Attell began hosting The Gong Show with Dave Attell for Comedy Central.
16. Like the 1970s version, the show had a rotating panel of celebrity judges grading unusual acts.
17. In January 2010, he co-hosted the AVN Awards show, along with porn actresses Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross and again in 2012 with co-hostesses Sunny Leone and Bree Olson.
18. Attell was host, along with Greg Fitzsimmons serving as head writer on the series.
19. However, The Gong Show with Dave Attell aired only from July to September 2008.