Paul Reiser on Why He Ended Up a Comedian and Not a Musician

"It felt like coming home again." Paul Reiser said about returning to his roots as a stand-up comedian.

You might have first been introduced to Reiser in his supporting roles in classic movies like Diner, Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2, or as the bad guy in Aliens. He was most immersed in popular culture through creating and starring in the sitcom Mad About You. But it is on the stage, telling jokes about the angst and peculiarity of everyday life where Reiser first made his name.

After a 20 year absence from the stand-up circuit, distracted by writing books, directing movies, and continued acting roles, most recently in the Academy Award nominated movie, Whiplash, Reiser is back. He's cracking wise with spirited monologues followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

As he drove through the canyons of Los Angeles, Paul Reiser granted the New Times a private question and answer session to prep us for his show at Coral Springs Center for the Arts tonight. He spoke about his comedy influences, how it was to get back on the stage, and why he's not a professional pianist.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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