Paul Reiser
American actor and comedian
Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser is an American comedian, actor, television personality, author, screenwriter and musician. He is most widely known for his role on the long-running television sitcom Mad About You. Reiser placed number 77 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time in 2004. The name of Reiser's production company, Nuance Productions, comes from one of his lines in the film Diner (explaining his discomfort with the word 'nuance').
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Sean Astin, Paul Reiser Join 'Stranger Things' Season 2
ABC News - 4 months
The stars who made their names in the '80s, are a fitting addition.
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Shecky Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
Last night's Al Smith dinner in NYC revealed the final piece of the puzzle about Donald Trump. He has no sense of humor. As a comedy writer by trade who has made his entire career out of making people laugh,  like most other comedy writers I take the job very seriously. There are all kinds of humor, both high and low and you pretty much get what you pay for.  There is no accounting for personal taste and I think what we gravitate towards, comedically reflects the things that made us laugh right out the gate. Growing up, my parent's comedy was mine too.  I grew up adoring Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, The Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, Bob and Ray, the parade of swaggering comics on Ed Sullivan like Alan King and Henny Youngman until I went my own way when youth co-opted comedy and suddenly comics were rock stars in arenas, from Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Garry Shandling to Dice Clay and man the first year of SNL- ...
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Paul Reiser: Mad About a New York Childhood
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
The actor-comedian recalls a world of stories unfolding outside the window of his Manhattan high-rise in Stuyvesant Town.
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The Miracles at the Whitney
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We all experience miracles both big and small -- some of us more often than others. Whether or not you fully experience them is pretty much up to your own personal level of awareness. But trust me: it happens. I have experienced not one but two extraordinary moments of convergence that happened at The Whitney Museum. The old one and the new one. Miracle #1 One of my closest friends in the world when I was around 17 was Jeff Hessing. We were guitar slinging bad boys together at camp. But as life often sprouts new, often impulsive tracks to follow, especially when you are young, Jeff and I wandered away from each other, distracted no doubt by the dazzling lights of endless possibilities. Life went on for decades without him strumming next to me. Around 2000ish Jeff posted a note on our camp electronic bulletin board wondering about me. It turns out that Jeff had become a world class painter now living in Provence, in the south of France. Wow. He and I connected a ...
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Who Cares About Johnny Carson? A TV Star and His Writing Partner Are About to Find Out
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Here comes a fascinating sociological, commercial TV for the masses experiment. Ten years ago I brought a sitcom idea to Paul Reiser (I was a writer-producer on both Mad About You and My Two Dads and have been a friend of his for even longer than that). The idea: Go forth and do the impossible; get the rights to the 30 years library of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show so we can do a sitcom about what all the hilarious insanity that went on behind the scenes of the show in 1970 -- centering on the life and times of a wide eyed Nebraskan born and bred twenty-something kid who is about to accidentally become a runner for the show (and therefore responsible for a ton of on-air screw ups) who is about to grow up really fast as he is introduced to the world of sex, drugs, feminism, rock and roll and all things political and controversial. The Hollywood pitch: It's Larry Sanders meets Mad Men. We first met with the Carson Company around the time that Johnny died and although they were ...
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Sundance Film Festival 2014 U.S. Competition Entries Feature Kristen Stewart, John Slattery, Lena Dunham
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Our first major glimpse of next year's indie darlings is here, thanks to the newly unveiled lineup for the Sundance Film Festival. Among the offerings for U.S. competition at next year's fest are the first feature film directed by "Mad Men" star John Slattery, a big-screen return from Lena Dunham and the reliable presence of festival-circuit favorites like John Hawkes and director Joe Swanberg ("Drinking Buddies," "LOL"). The competition is also lathered with genre flicks, from the horrific "Cold in July" and "Life After Beth" to the dramedy trappings of "The Skeleton Twins," which stars Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell. Still, A-listers like Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Aaron Paul are among the featured players, so we can count on the festival to maintain its usual confluence of obscure movies with ever-popular stars. Here are the 16 movies screening in the U.S. competition. All are receiving their world premieres at Sundance. "C ...
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JVS Los Angeles: When Real Life Trumps the Movies
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I won't lie. I loved my career as a publicist in the movie business. Every single minute of it. I worked for two decades doing something I had always dreamed of, unable to imagine any other way of life. Sometimes my day at the office was George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino battling vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn and some days it was Bob Dylan and a stunning ensemble cast creating the alternate universe of Masked and Anonymous. In one particularly eventful year, I spent the spring with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger in the Louisiana swamps for No Mercy, the summer with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura in the jungles of Puerto Vallarta for Predator and ended up in the desert outside L.A. with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover for the first Lethal Weapon. I feel privileged to have traveled widely and been a part of films that became cultural phenomena like Pretty Woman, or tackled divisive social issues like Dead Man Walking. I had an exhilarating stint as a studio VP ...
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Postponed!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK — The musical based on the film "Diner" has postponed its Broadway opening. Producers said late Sunday night that the Kathleen Marshall-directed show with songs by Sheryl Crow will make its debut on Broadway in the fall, instead of the spring. Producer Scott Zeiger in a statement says a four-week workshop of the show in November got good feedback and that early fall dates work better for all involved. Set in Baltimore on Christmas 1959, the story explores the lives of a circle of friends in their early 20s, all set to vintage rock `n' roll and doo-wop. Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed the 1982 film, adapted it into the new musical. The film starred Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser, Tim Daly, Daniel Stern and Ellen Barkin.
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Djalili tops the bill of laughs at GrandWest
Cape Times - over 4 years
British-Iranian stand up comic Omid Djalili will perform at the Grand Arena at GrandWest on October 27 at 8pm. ||| Arts Writer BRITISH-IRANIAN stand up comic Omid Djalili will perform at the Grand Arena at GrandWest on October 27 at 8pm. Djalili was born in London to Iranian Baha’i parents and first came under the comedy spotlight at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival. Since then his unique style of comedy has enabled his career to blossom. Acclaimed not only as a stand up comedian, Djalili has appeared in films such as The Mummy, Gladiator, Spy Game, Modigliani, Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow, Casanova, The Allottment, Pirates of the Caribbean III, and most recently in Mr Nice and Big Fat Gypsy Gangster. He has also done a fair amount of TV work, with The Paul Reiser Show being the most recent. He has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, The Omid Djalili Show. Some consider him to be one of the funniest, freshest and most original comedians in Britain ...
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Dr. G : The Dark Side of Looking at Camp Pictures Online
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I'm not talking about cyber safety here, people. I'm talking about parenting. There are three reasons that I genuinely wish there was no such thing as overnight camps posting pictures of kids online during the camp session. 1. They're fine (or not). Paul Reiser (of Mad About You fame) wrote a great book called Babyhood about becoming a parent. He hates bringing his kid to the doctor for a check-up because any news is bad news. As a family doctor, I can tell you that he's right: In the best-case scenario, you walk out thinking "my child is fine," which is what you thought before you went in the first place. With my boys away at overnight camp for the first time, I assume they're fine. If they were hurt or sick or lost, I'd get a call from the camp. So when I look at pictures online, they usually look "fine." Smiling for the camera, maybe grouped together as they've been asked to do before the shutter click. Camps are not dumb, they don't post pictures of the homesick- ...
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Beverly Hills Fundraiser Aids Cancer Center
Beverly Hills Patch - over 4 years
Funnymen Paul Reiser and Jay Mahr led the lineup at the annual comedy fundraiser for weSPARK, held at the Saban Theatre June 16. The event raised money for the weSPARK Center, located in Sherman Oaks, which provides support for cancer patients and their families. Services not covered by health insurance—from yoga to support groups to cooking classes for children who want to participate in an activity with their parents—are covered free of charge. The fundraiser also featured comedian Wendy Liebman from Showtime’s Taller on TV, actor Steve Valentine and magician Dana Daniels. The three-hour show was hosted by Alonzo Bodden, winner of the television program Last Comic Standing. The center was founded in 2001 by actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who was diagnosed at age 39 with stage one breast cancer. Sperber lost her battle with cancer in 2005. “Through 12 years of service, we’ve learned at weSPARK that laughter has the power to heal,” said Nancy Allen, the executive director of we ...
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The Death of Must See TV: A Former Executive on NBC's Rise and Fall
The Atlantic - almost 5 years
A conversation with Warren Littlefield, who ran NBC's entertainment division from 1993 to 1998 NBC What's new in arts and entertainment. See full coverage "One network, one night, for one decade." That's how Warren Littlefield describes the magic of Must See TV. Littlefield served as NBC Entertainment President from 1993 to 1998, overseeing the network's rise to the top on the back of a famed Thursday night line-up that included megahits Cheers, Frasier, Mad About You, Friends, Seinfeld, Will and Grace, and ER. He recounts the often-troubled creations and ultimately fruitful runs of these series in his new book, Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV, co-authored by T.R. Pearson. It's an oral history in the vein of Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller's Live From New York, featuring interviews with the major NBC players including Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, legendary director Jimmy Burrows, and talent including Jerry Seinfeld, He ...
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Take 5: There's something about Jerry - Newsday (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
MAD ABOUT YOU (1993) -- Lewis played an eccentric billionaire who wanted Paul (Paul Reiser) to make a film about him. LAW & ORDER: SVU (2006) -- He guest-starred as a mentally ill homeless man who held the key to unraveling a case
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Fall 2011 Death Watch: Which New Shows Will Fail? - BuddyTV
Google News - over 5 years
One of the earliest premieres and least exciting new shows, the Hank Azaria sitcom Free Agents seems like a perfect recipe for an early exit, just like NBC's The Paul Reiser Show. The comedy will premiere September 14 at 10:30pm following the series
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Death Valley, "Pilot": zombies, vampires, werewolves, oh my! - TV Geek Army
Google News - over 5 years
It's hard to say whether Death Valley is any good or not given the fact that The Paul Reiser Show would feel like Seinfeld if paired with Ridiculousness. Regardless, I found myself enjoying it, if somewhat hesistantly. Death Valley is a horror-comedy
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Paul Reiser Tried To Steal Larry David's Show, And Larry David Responded By ... - Business Insider
Google News - over 5 years
Everyone's agog at Larry David's new relationship with actress Amy Landecker, who starred in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" two weeks ago. Landecker was reportedly still married when they started dating. We don't find that real-life slight nearly
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Aliens: Colonial Marines - Cinematic Happenings Under Development
Google News - over 5 years
I recall Paul Reiser's character telling Ripley something to the effect that they've lost contact with the collony or something. Maybe the game could be that colony. Probably not since the opening text in the trailer Spike posted mentioned that the
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NBC commits to Sarah Silverman - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Recently they attempted to lengthen Paul Reiser's time in the funny limelight and for the new fall season they took on a vehicle project for Whitney Cummings and one for mid-season based on Chelsea Handler's life and writing. Today the peacock network
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Reiser
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 57
    Reiser also co-wrote the song, "No There There" with Melissa Manchester for her 2015 album, You Gotta Love the Life.
    More Details Hide Details Early in his career, Resier was the opening act for Manchester, she warned him that music audiences can be rough on comedians and that the last comedian that opened for her, left the stage in tears. Reiser reflects about this warning and on how he then bombed at the Concord Hotel. The story is detailed the chapter, "Don't Worry if They Suck", by Paul Reiser, in I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics (2010), By Ritch Shydner, Mark Schiff.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    Reiser scripted and starred in the semi-autobiographical comedy series The Paul Reiser Show, which aired on NBC as a mid-season replacement during the 2010–11 TV season. "This is nice", commented Reiser on the Stephanie Miller radio program, "because you get to sit around and root for other shows to fail." However, due to the lack of lead time and promotion by NBC prior to its debut (as well as poor scheduling), the low-rated show was canceled on April 22, 2011, with only two episodes aired.
    More Details Hide Details Reiser has written three books: Couplehood, about the ups and downs of being in a committed relationship; Babyhood, about his experiences as a first-time father; and Familyhood (released in May 2011), a collection of humorous essays. Couplehood is unique in that it starts on page 145; Reiser explained this as his method of giving the reader a false sense of accomplishment. In 1996, Reiser appeared on Late Show with David Letterman in the middle of writing Babyhood. Since he had not yet decided on a title, he presented a prop book, titled simply "Book" and with the same cover as that of Couplehood.
    In 2010, Reiser collaborated with the singer Julia Fordham to create a CD album titled Unusual Suspects, which includes the song "UnSung Hero", dedicated to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details The two embarked on an acoustic tour after its release.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 44
    In 2002, Reiser made a guest appearance as himself on Larry David's HBO sitcom, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
    More Details Hide Details In the TV comedy film Atlanta (2007), Reiser appears as one half of a couple who, after meeting at a funeral, are unable to stay away from each other.
  • 2001
    Age 43
    In 2001, Reiser played a dramatic role as a man desperate to locate his biological mother, after learning he has a serious illness, in the British TV film My Beautiful Son.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 30
    Reiser married Paula Ravets on August 21, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons: Ezra Samuel (born 1995) and Leon (born 2000). He is the cousin of screenwriter and producer Will Reiser, who is known for writing the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama film 50/50 (2011). Reiser's first cousin is the legal scholar Richard Epstein.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 24
    After developing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Reiser had a breakout film role in 1982 when he appeared in Diner, a coming-of-age film directed by Barry Levinson.
    More Details Hide Details Reiser's character, Modell, a closet stand-up comedian, effectively brought Reiser's abilities to the attention of Hollywood. He followed this success by playing a detective in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), a role he reprised in its sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Reiser also had roles in James Cameron's Aliens (1986), in which he played the corrupt Carter Burke; The Marrying Man (1991) and Bye Bye Love (1995). Reiser starred as one of two possible fathers of a teenage girl in the TV sitcom My Two Dads (1987 - 90), and later came to prominence in North America as Paul Buchman in Mad About You (1992 - 99), a comedy series he co-created, in which Helen Hunt co-starred as his on-screen wife. He was also the co-composer of the show's theme song, "The Final Frontier" (with Don Was), and performed the piano for the theme's recording. Reiser's role in Mad About You earned him nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on March 30, 1957.
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