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For much of the past 20 years, Dave Nuttycombe was a mainstay of Washington City Paper, one of the nation's best-regarded alternative weeklies. At CP, Dave helped create, launch, and manage the paper's Web presence, wrote reviews and articles, was the paper's public face at events, and did whatever was necessary under deadline to get the paper out.

He's covered stand-up comedy for the Washington Post and non-books for City Paper. He wrote the popular column, Videocrity, reviewing direct-to-video movies for both the Post and City Paper.

He's had bylines in Playboy, Mother Jones, Slate, the Washington Monthly. Reader's Digest digested one of his stories.

He's written comedy for Bob & Ray and Martin Mull, written and performed commentaries for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, written, produced, and performed hundreds of comedy routines for national radio syndication. His comic sketch "The Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" was included on Rhino Records' six-volume World's Greatest Novelty Recordings, on two Dr. Demento compilation albums, and is still heard on the internationally-syndicated Dr. Demento radio program.

He won a Gold Award from the Houston Film Festival and a Gold Cindy Award from the Association of Visual Communication—both for a video about wood-staining products. Yes, Dave can make wood-staining products funny. He won a "format-buster" award from the Association of Alternative Weeklies for a same-day mockery of the Washington Post's Express.

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Dave was a featured writer and performer on the Cable Ace-nominated program Neat Stuff, broadcast on The Learning Channel, where, to paraphrase Lisa Simpson, you hardly learn anything. Still, he got to ride in the Weinermobile.

Dave was, briefly, the voice of the Washington Area Oldsmobile Dealers. His drumming has been heard on a variety of radio jingles, industrial film soundtracks, and albums.

He holds a certificate in comedy writing, awarded and autographed by Neil Simon's older brother.

With the group Travesty, Ltd., Dave made the acclaimed album, Teen Comedy Party, which the New York Times called "a truly funny recording." Travesty also released a series of crowd-pleasing short films, including Hyattsville Holiday, Alcoholics Unanimous, and the incisive documentary about themselves, From Here to Obscurity. The Washington Post awarded Travesty's dangerously hysterical book-on-tape, Cheap Stories the Best Humor Award, calling it "one of the funniest tapes I've heard in years...A must for all true lovers of American popular culture."

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