On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize Celebrating Lorne Michaels 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)
A low-key demeanor and boyish looks masked David Spade's wickedly sharp humor, which the comedian turned to his advantage and made his stock-in-trade throughout his career. Most famous on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) for playing some aspect of his own persona - especially with his celebrity-skewering "Hollywood Minute" segment - Spade rose to prominence as the snarky, scrawny foil to the lovably loud Chris Farley in the comedy classic "Tommy Boy" (1995) and its disappointing follow-up, "Black Sheep" (1996). While Farley would succumb to tragedy, Spade played it smart, riding his scene-stealing receptionist role of Dennis Finch to increased fame on the hit sitcom, "Just Shoot Me!" (NBC, 1997-2003). Famous for a string of improbably high-profile, beautiful girlfriends - including Heather Locklear and Lara Flynn Boyle - voicing Disney's titular "The Emperor's New Groove," and starring in the cult hit "Joe Dirt" about a white trash hero, Spade remained private, hardworking and pragmatic about his success. He stayed in close touch with - and employed by - former "SNL" colleague Adam Sandler in a variety of projects, including "Grown Ups" (2010) and added his unique satirical bite as the comic secret weapon of another sitcom, "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, 2007-13). The comedian may not have had the massive, industry-changing success his "SNL" peers Sandler or Chris Rock enjoyed, but Spade carved out his own Hollywood niche, his longevity all the more impressive because of how unexpected it was.