Raised in Northern California, David studied at UC Irvine, where he sang in madrigal groups, barbershop quartets, jazz choir, and the University Singers. He also began performing in very interactive forms of theater--standup comedy, emceeing variety shows, and performing in the music department's annual Madrigal dinner fundraiser.
His acting career began in earnest in New York City. In addition to continuing to host large-scale talent events, he also played in sketch comedy groups and was part of The Pied Pipers children's theater group for over four years. He sang in groups of all sizes, performing in such venues as the Paramount, Madison Square Garden, and Boston Garden. He dabbled a bit in the technical and production side of theater, as well as film, crewing for feature film locations all over the city. He also adapted, produced, and directed a successful audio drama version of "A Christmas Carol" for the 150th anniversary of the book's publication. He returned to the stage to perform with NYGASP, the fledgling CTP (for which he directed) and other small experimental theater groups.