David Attell is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, from New York, best known as the host of Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell, which gave him a cult following. He was a featured performer on the 1995 Young Comedians Special hosted by Garry Shandling. He was given his own 60-minute special on the channel's HBO Comedy Showcase. Subsequently, Attell was also given an episode of HBO Comedy Half-Hour in 1997. He is widely regarded as the ultimate "comedian's comedian" and a pioneer in the genre of blue comedy and black humor. Attell's first one-hour special, Captain Miserable aired December 8, 2007 on HBO. His latest special Road Work aired 2014 on Comedy Central.