Dave Holstein is currently the writer/creator of Showtime’s 2018 dramedy series KIDDING, starring Jim Carrey and Catherine Keener and directed by Michel Gondry. Before that he was a writer/executive producer on the Showtime drama I’M DYING UP HERE starring Melissa Leo and HBO’s comedy series THE BRINK, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. He was also a writer/producer on the final season FOX’s RAISING HOPE and before that spent six years as a writer/producer on Showtime’s WEEDS. He has written episodes for the Syfy horror anthology CREEPSHOW and TeenNick’s groundbreaking series GIGANTIC. He has also developed pilots for Comedy Central, Showtime, CBS and FOX, as well as feature films for Universal Pictures.
As a playwright, Dave’s work has been performed in Edinburgh, Sydney, New York, Chicago and elsewhere. His musical adaptation of THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (with Alan Schmuckler) for the Tony-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre received a National Alliance for Musical Theater grant and is published with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. His podcast musical WAIT WAIT DON’T KILL ME (also with Alan Schmuckler) received the Sarah Lawrence International Award for Audio Fiction, as well as a 2017 Webby Award. Dave was also a 2014 attendee of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.