DAVID CRABB is an LA-based performer, writer and member of The Groundlings main company. His solo show Bad Kid was named a New York Times Critics' Pick. Bad Kid the memoir was released in 2015 by Harper Perennial. The Wall Street Journal praised him as a performer capable of guiding a crowd "from belly laughs to pin-drop silence." He is the host of The Moth & RISK!
David has directed & coached storytelling at NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB), People's Improv Theatre (The PIT), Occidental College, Indiana University, Kevin Allison's The Story Studio & NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He serves as a writing mentor with The Writers Guild Initiative and has designed and taught corporate storytelling programs at Twitter, Google, Facebook, Fidelity, Bravo, The New York Times, and more.
David has been a member of NYC's Axis Company Theatre since 2003, developing original material in New York, Paris and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Since 2012 he has performed the solo pieces Bad Kid, $1800, Story Roulette, Man In A Hole & his immersive piece, "US & Them & Me & You." He the recipient of Occidental College's 2019 Wanlass Grant, where he is currently a visiting artist and professor of autobiographical performance.
David has been a main company member of LA's iconic Groundlings Theater since 2023, where he also teaches improvisation and character-work. More information about David's work at The Groundlings can be found here.
Hosting / Standup
The Moth LA
BAD KID THE SHOW & BOOK
Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-80s and early-90s, this refreshingly honest and hilarious coming-of-age memoir from comedian, storyteller, and The Moth host David Crabb tells a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas. The setting is specific but the story is universal as David Crabb reflects on rebellion, sexuality, friendship and what it means to grow up different and alone - just like everyone else.
Richly detailed with 90s pop-culture, and including black and white photos throughout, BAD KID is as laugh-out-loud funny as it is poignant. Crabb’s journey through adolescence captures the essence of every person’s struggle to understand his or her true self.
"Upbeat, endearing, and achingly funny. A vivid and dramatic slice of adolescence." -Kirkus Reviews
Released May 19, 2015 by Harper Perennial
The memoir is based on Crabb's hit NY Times Critics' Pick solo show BAD KID.
Since it's opening at Axis in 2011, it has played in NYC, DC and Austin, TX.
Read a write-up on David/Bad Kid from the Austin American Statesman HERE.
*Critics' Pick -New York Times
"Freakishly funny" -The Advocate
"Highly Entertaining" -Flavorpill
Bad Kid the show trailer
Bad Kid the show - opening video
Bad Kid the show - 2016 clip "Faye"
US & Them & Me & You
"US & Them & Me & You" exists as both a traditional theatrical experience and an immersive solo piece as storyteller, Moth host and creator of the New York Times Critics’ Pick show & memoir “Bad Kid," David Crabb invites you into his home for this intimate show with an audience of ten. He's excited for you to meet his Aunt Patty, who's visiting from down south with cookies in tow. Her mission: to understand all the left-coast crystal healing, vegan ice cream and tarot wisdom she can before returning to the conservative stronghold of her home in Minerva, Texas. Her other mission: to understand the mysterious depression that seems to be consuming her nephew; a depression that she can feel invading her own life as well. Maybe it’s in the blood? Or maybe it’s just being alive, depressed and hopeful in America in 2019?
Let’s go on a tour through the north & the south, the city & the country, the left & the right. Don’t be scared. We’re pretty much all in the same boat.
Laughter is coming. Angst is coming. Family is coming.
Join us for this hilarious and intimate show that audiences have called "clear and warm and memorable."
"It made me feel so much less alone and crazy."
"It hit home on so many levels."
"It made me want to call my dad and tell him I don't hate him."
NO SHOWINGS OF US & THEM & ME & YOU ARE CURRENTLY SCHEDULED