David Liebe Hart
|David Liebe Hart|
19 April 1955 |
Park Forest, Illinois
|Other names||D.L. Hart, Daniel Jungle Hart, David Unger Hart, David King Liebe Hart, David Nkrumah Liebe Hart|
|Occupation||Musician, Puppeteer, Actor|
|Known for||The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Show
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
David Nkrumah Liebe Unger Hart (born 19 April 1955; also credited as D.L. Hart) is an outsider musician, street performer, sign painter, artist, puppeteer and actor. He is best known for his appearances on Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, performing bizarre puppetry and singing in a variety of voice characterizations. He is also known in the Los Angeles area for his role as a puppeteer on The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Program, a local public-access television cable TV program, as well as for performing with his puppet "Doug the Dog" just outside the Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Music Center after shows, where is known to many concert goers simply as the "puppet man". He has also been known at times as David Hart, David Unger Hart, David King Liebe Hart and DL Hart.
During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, David stated he first developed his passion for puppeteering upon attending church Sunday school in his youth. He claims to have gotten his start in Hollywood touring with comedian Robin Williams and from making an appearance on The Gong Show in 1977. In 1987, Hart made a guest appearance on Cheers, marking the first time he worked with his now long-time friend Ted Danson. In 1990, he made an appearance on Golden Girls and in 1993 on Wings.
Hart frequently appears on the television shows The Del Talk Show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as well as Tim and Eric Nite Live!. In 2004, David Hart was featured in the documentary Public Access Hollywood. He made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2004 and again 2009, as well as on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2004. He also appeared in a commentary on Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season One DVD. Throughout late April and early May 2008 he performed live as part of Tim and Eric's Awesome Tour 2008.
Hart writes his own music, mostly about religion, aliens, women, trains, and his life. He has teamed up with his friend and fellow public-access television host Adam Papagan to create music together, with Hart writing lyrics and singing, and Papagan creating the music. They have four full albums and an EP released together. Hart's songs from Tim and Eric are also featured on Awesome Record, Great Songs!.
David Hart has been known to sell an album titled Christian Hymns And Songs Of Praise at shows during the Tim and Eric Awesome Tour 2008, as well as the 2009 tour. In Spring 2011, Hart and Papagan toured the East and West Coast with a newly formed band that played punk music exclusively, including new interpretations of their older material. The Best of David and Adam, a compilation cassette tape/download featuring music from David and Adam's five albums, was released by Cellar Hits late-October.
- Christian Hymns and Songs of Praise (2004)
- Awesome Record, Great Songs! (2008)
With Adam Papagan
- Public Access (April 2008)
- New Songs Improvised Live: 6-05-08 (January 2009)
- Trains of The Past and Present (December 2009)
- Monsters (March 2010) 
- Split EP (with Power Animal) (late-2010)
- The David Liebe Hart Hymn Book (May 2011)
- The Best of David and Adam (October 2011) 
- The David Liebe Hart Band EP (August 2013)
David was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, where his father worked for the United States Postal Service and Chicago Public Schools. His interest in the history of the railroad system was sparked at a young age but extended throughout his life. He has written several songs discussing both his personal remembrances and history of mid-20th century railroad lines.
He is vocal about his abstinence from smoking, alcohol, drugs and his dislike of rap music—but other parts of his life, especially since his arrival in Hollywood in 1976, are less clear. In interviews he revealed that he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy at one point in his life. Hart divorced his wife, Brigitte Unger, in 1993.
- Victor (2005-10-13). "David Hart: L.A. Public Access TV Legend". Losanjealous. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- Tricia Nelson (2002-08-29). "He's More Than Meets the Ear". Los Angeles Times. The Times Mirror Company. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- Blake Garris (2008-09-13). "Interview: David Liebe Hart and Adam Papagan". buzzgrinder. buzzgrinder.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- Public Access Hollywood (2004) at the Internet Movie Database
- Awesome Tour Live 2008[dubious ]
- David Liebe Hart: Christian Hymns and Songs of Praise, CDBaby.com
- "Cellar Hits online". Cellar Hits. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
- "David Liebe Hart & Adam Papagan | Monsters | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
- puzzler (2009-10-16). "David Liebe Hart & Adam Papagan and Power Animal - Split EP . mp3 - Download Alternative". Tradebit.com. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
- "David Liebe Hart cassette". Cellar Hits. Retrieved 2012-12-15.