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JOE DIRT

Nominated for a 1999 Emmy Award for his role as DENNIS FINCH, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on Just Shoot Me, David Spade (Joe Dirt, co-writer) was previously best known for his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1999 and 2000 and an American Comedy Award in 1999 for his work on Just Shoot Me, Spade's film career also continues to grow.

Spade voiced the lead character, "Cuzco," in the animated holiday Disney feature The Emperor's New Groove. He was joined by Eartha Kitt, John Goodman and Wendie Malick. The soundtrack was composed and performed by Sting.

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters and colleges across the country. A 1988 graduate of Arizona State University, Spade made his television debut two years later on SNL and was soon named the Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. Some Of Spade's memorable characters on SNL, where he served as both a writer and a performer, included the sarcastic "Hollywood Minute" reporter on "Weekend Update" and a show business receptionist known for routinely asking, "And you are...?"

In addition to SNL, Spade has guest-starred on the critically acclaimed The Larry Sanders Show and appeared in HBO's 13th Annual Young Comedians Special. He has also served as host of The 1997 Billboard Music Awards and, in 1998, headlined his own HBO special, David Spade: Take the Hit.

Spade co-starred with SNL alumnus Chris Farley in the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, and the pair won a 1996 MW Movie Award for "Best On-Screen Duo" for the former. His other feature credits include Reality Bites, Light Sleeper, Coneheads, PCU, 8 Heads In a Duffel Bag, Senseless and the animated films Rugrats: The Movie and Beavis & Butthead Do America (he was also heard on the television series). In 1999, Spade starred in the romantic comedy Lost & Found, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.

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