Steven Kampmann is an actor, writer, and director best known for his role as Kirk Devane, the irritating liar on the television sitcom "Newhart. " He tapped right into the cultural temperature of the 1970s and early '80s, hitting the funny bone as a writer for the celebrated sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" before briefly contributing to the cult classic sketch-comedy show "SCTV" as a writer and scribe in 1981 and penning material for the comedy special "The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me." Kampmann would team-up with Dangerfield again, though this time for the big screen, co-writing the screenplay for "Back to School" with Harold Ramis. He wrote the screenplay for the Dan Aykroyd comedy "The Couch Trip," and added co-directing to the mix with the baseball drama "Stealing Home," starring Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon. In the 2000s, he returned from a decade of occasional and exclusively onscreen roles to write the Andy Dick comedy "Special Delivery" and to make his own independent film in "Buzzkill," about a struggling screenwriter who gets mixed up with a serial killer.