“Explicit, hilarious, and honest … rather than keeping the audience at an arm’s length, Bottrell invites us in on the funniest and what I’d imagine are some of the most painful moments of his life."
—Onstage Blog New York
“He’ll have you in stitches one moment and in quiet pensiveness the next."
"He is truly hilarious … in the hands of this sensitive performer, each story came to life in the most entertaining of ways."
Written and performed by David Dean Bottrell, and directed by Guy Stroman, David Dean Bottrell Makes Love is a comic whirlwind of totally true “love stories” (both spicy and tame) that weaves together one man’s search to find and understand love. The work was nominated for Best Spoken Word Show of 2022 by Broadway World.
“We are living in strange, stressful, lonely times,” says Bottrell. “And this show is ultimately a life-affirming look at how with a little courage, we can still connect.”
Framed by his efforts to craft the perfect Match.com ad, the 75-minute show rings true for anyone who has braved the search for love. With everything from a broken engagement to tales of missed connections and one-night-stands, this perfect wholehearted and hilarious Valentine’s celebration.
David Dean Bottrell Makes Love has seen sold-out runs at New York City’s Triad Theater and Dixon Place as well as the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles. The show was also released as an audiobook by Penguin Random House in 2020.
David Dean Bottrell (Writer/Performer) has played a whole lot of guest star and recurring roles on such shows as Modern Family; Blacklist; Law & Order (the New One); Law & Order: SVU; Rectify; Longmire; Criminal Minds; NCIS; CSI; Bones; Mad Men; True Blood; Justified; Ugly Betty; Days of Our Lives; iCarly, and got a bit of attention for playing the creepy “Peeping Tom” Lincoln Meyer on season three of Boston Legal. He co-wrote the screenplay for Fox Searchlight’s hit comedy, Kingdom Come and is the author of a popular new book, Working Actor: Breaking In, Making a Living, and Making a Life in the Fabulous Trenches of Show Business (Ten Speed Press/Random House). He is a regular on both the New York and Los Angeles storytelling circuits and recently performed an original Christmas story on the PBS series Stories from the Stage. Theatre credits include shows at Second Stage, Long Wharf, Dixon Place, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Studio Arena, People’s Light and Theatre Company, plus the Colony Theatre and Sci-Fest LA in Los Angeles. He also appeared in the smash hit, long-running comedy revue, Streep Tease: An Evening of Monologues from Meryl Streep Movies performed by an All-Male Cast at Joe’s Pub (as well as the sold-out runs in L.A. and San Francisco). David is a native Kentuckian and was almost nominated for an Emmy in 2007.