David Paul Meyer recently produced and directed his debut feature film, You Laugh But It’s True, a documentary about stand up comedy in South Africa. The film follows multiracial comedian Trevor Noah as he creates material from his experiences during apartheid in preparation for a show that will be the biggest risk of his career. Acclaimed actor Anthony Anderson (Law & Order, Guys With Kids) is the executive producer, and the film premiered in 2011 at IDFA and the Austin Film Festival. It also won the jury award for Best Documentary at the Lighthouse International Film Festival and the Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival. It is currently broadcasting on TV in Canada and South Africa.
David is currently writing the screenplay for a comedy-heist film starring Trevor Noah. Production is set to begin in South Africa in 2013 with Meyer attached to direct as well. Meyer’s previous feature projects include Noah's stand up comedy specials That's Racist (2012) and Crazy/Normal (2011). Meyer directed the short documentary D Minder (2012) for GE's Focus Forward competition and is currently a semifinalist.
Meyer also directed Digital Troubadours (2008), a short documentary about Rhett and Link (IFC's Commercial Kings), a successful comedic duo from rural North Carolina. David also wrote, directed, and produced several comedy sketches and spec commercials, including material for comedian/actor Danny Pudi (NBC's Community). Meyer wrote the feature screenplay Raeford's Grill, a comedy-drama currently in development.
Originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina, Meyer moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to obtain his MFA degree in film and television production at the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. You Laugh But It’s True started out as Meyer’s thesis at USC before becoming a feature film.
Meyer resides in Pasadena, California with his wife Shannon, son Ezra, and two bad dogs.