About David

“Don't wait...create.”
- David E. Talbert


Born the great-grandson of a Pentecostal preacher, David E. Talbert’s roots run deep in the business of hope and inspiration. Having been about that business for 25 years, the acclaimed Washington DC native stands tall as one of the highest grossing and most recognizable brands in American theatre.


Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “One of the most prolific theater makers in America” David E. Talbert’s heartfelt depictions of life and love, mixed with his ability to infuse comedy in the midst of chaos, have captivated audiences across the country, making Talbert a highly sought after content creator across all platforms.

Since skyrocketing onto the national stage with his 1991 touring production of the outrageous comedy “Tellin’ It Like It ‘Tiz”, Talbert’s 14 touring stage productions have garnered record sold-out performances and an unprecedented 24 NAACP Theatre nominations, including the award for Best Playwright of the Year. In 1998, Talbert pioneered the medium of inspirational plays on DVD making his 7th play, Mr. Right Now, the first play ever available for retail. As a result of this recording, and the many that followed, his plays are now enjoyed worldwide in over 20 countries, spanning 4 continents.


While continuing his success as a top grossing and highly respected playwright, Talbert successfully expanded his brand to film, television and publishing.






In 2002, Talbert signed with Simon & Schuster to pen the National bestsellers “Baggage Claim” and “Love on the Dotted Line.” The success of both spawned collaboration with hip hop icon Snoop Dogg for the novel “Love Don’t Live Here No More.”


In 2007, Talbert wrote and produced the critically-acclaimed NBC television special for Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Unpredictable: A Musical Journey, which became the network’s highest rated musical event of the year. Later that year, TV-One sought out Talbert to star in and create its first-ever reality competition series, Stage Black, where contestants were chosen to sing, act, scratch and claw their way to a chance to star in an upcoming Talbert production.


In 2008, Talbert made his feature directorial debut with the Sony Pictures comedy First Sunday, starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, and enigmatic comedian Katt Williams – which opened as America’s #1 Comedy.







His second film, Fox Searchlight’s Baggage Claim, marked the first time an African American adapted and directed his own novel. Released in the fall of 2013, the Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, and Jill Scott starrer opened as the #1 Comedy in America.


Talbert teamed with Universal Pictures and hit making producer Will Packer for his 3rd studio feature Almost Christmas. Released in the winter of 2016, his junior project again took the #1 Comedy in America spot with an all-star cast featuring Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique, Omar Epps, JB Smoove, Kimberly Elise, and Romany Malco.

Currently, Talbert is directing the Netflix original movie El Camino Christmas written and produced by Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures). The film stars Luke Grimes, Tim Allen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Emilio Rivera and Jessica Alba.

David E. Talbert is a graduate of Morgan State University and later attended New York University's accelerated film program. He and his beautiful wife and producing partner Lyn Talbert reside in Southern California with their son Elias.


Mr. Talbert is represented by The United Talent Agency and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.






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