Comic David Kleinberg doesn't worry about getting laughs. "That's one of the great things about starting to do comedy in your 60s," he says. "I've already failed at so many things in life that this isn't anything. You know the only difference between me and the young comics? I already know I'm going nowhere."
Kleinberg started doing comedy in 1997 when he was 54 years old after a 34-year newspaper career. He served his last 14 years as editor of the San Francisco Chronicle's Sunday Datebook, the largest entertainment magazine in Northern California.
"I have loved comedy all my life," Kleinberg says, "and as editor of the Pink Section, I made certain comedy got the respect and coverage it deserved." As a young man growing up in San Francisco, Kleinberg witnessed comedy first-hand in its hey-day, frequently an audience member at Enrico Banducci's hungry i where he saw such early legends as Bill Cosby, Jonathan Winters and Mort Sahl.
Kleinberg, a native of San Francisco, believes he brings this comic background and a lifetime of local experience to the stage today, railing at the city's current political correctness.
Kleinberg loves comedy. "It's the most challenging, creative and in-the-moment thing I've ever done in my life," he says. "I am blessed to be at the point in my life where I can do this for only one reason: to see people laugh, and I have to do my best to make that happen."