David McQuary: Writers Are a Word's Best Friend

November 15, 2016

Interview by

Valerie Lopez

Article by

Richard Goodwin


Remember the holy trinity of childhood humor: Garfield, the Far Side, and Mad Magazine? Maybe that was just my religion, but David McQuary and I seem to have worshipped at the same illustrated childhood altars. Valerie talks with a lot of comedians, but not always on the topic of actual comics. While this subject, and others, weren't specifically the roots of David McQuary’s comedy gene, they definitely played a role in where he would go, and one in particular convinced me that cows really do plot regime change when we’re not looking.

McQuary was born in Texas, spent some time in South Carolina, and returned to get a business degree at UT before moving to the Houston area he now calls home. In part one of his interview, he and Valerie cover the beginnings of his passions for illustrating, writing, and stand up, and how a costume malfunction [eventually] led to David being a finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin contest 2 years running.

David McQuary: The Past

Austinites, and UT students especially,may be familiar with the Texas Travesty. This is where David McQuary cut his publishing teeth - in a collaborative, writer’s room style environment. Part two of his interview, he lets us in on how an open mic coincidence landed him the gig, and the series of events that took him from there to a writing fellowship at The Onion; leading to him spending his days in a contributing writer role at the satirical paper, while still finding time to perfecting his craft for his Austin stand up appearances.

David McQuary: Current

To stay up to date with David, follow him Facebook and other social media sites. He promises you’ll get something out of it. If you haven’t had the chance to see him live yet, check out one of his sets from TNM Tonight, or find some of his many video appearances like That Guy Class on YouTube.

David McQuary