Howard Storm began in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian in New York, appearing on The Merv Griffin Show, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Tonight Show. His first work in film came in 1969 on Woody Allen’s sophomore directorial effort, Take the Money and Run, as an actor in addition to being Allen’s assistant. He subsequently worked on Allen’s next two films, Bananas (1971) and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), which brought him out to Hollywood. In the early 1970s, Storm wrote episodes of the series The Partridge Family, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and Happy Days, which led to a chance to observe the directorial team on the set of Rhoda. While directing a play, Storm was notified that the in-house director for Rhoda had been called away to shoot a film and was asked to step in and direct several episodes.
After directing for such popular 1970s series such as Doc, Fish, and Laverne & Shirley, Storm was hired as the permanent director for the first three seasons of Mork & Mindy, which introduced mainstream viewers to Robin Williams. His successful run on Mork was followed by turns at directing the series Taxi, Best of the West, Joanie Loves Chachi, Amanda’s By the Sea, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Redd Foxx Show, Perfect Strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, ALF, Valerie, City, Head of the Class, Major Dad, Sister, Sister, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Kenan & Kel. In 1985, Storm directed his first and only feature, Once Bitten, the first film to feature Jim Carrey in a lead role.
For his directorial efforts, Storm was nominated for the DGA’s Outstanding Children’s Programs Award in 1998 for an episode of Kenan & Kel. An active member of the Directors Guild, Storm served on the DGA’s National Board from 1999-2003, the Western Directors Council from 1993-2005, and the 1977, 1987, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2005, and 2008 Negotiating Committees. Storm also served as the chairman of the DGA Awards for 17 years from 1996-2012.