Jewish comedian Paul Reiser returns after a 20-year absence to performing stand up comedy Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center For The Arts.
Reiser has spent most of the career either playing in television situation comedy series, performing in films or writing books based on his life. He first started performed stand up comedy while on summer break from studying business at Binghamton University.
“I look forward to returning to stand up comedy after all these years. Although I started my return to live shows in 2013, I still feel like I just returned and honing my abilities. My humor is based on observations about my life with my wife and two teen sons,” said Reiser.
The 57-year-old Reiser was raised in New York City and fell into comedy while planning a career in business.
Reiser ventured into the Manhattan comedy clubs and found out that audiences loved his stories based on his funny observations.
“I had instant laughs and gaining the confidence I needed, went into comedy full time. It wasn’t long before I was approached to do a situation comedy television series.”
His first big break was appearing in the situation comedy television series “My Two Dads” (1987-90) playing a father to a teen girl.
Reiser had a seven-year run of 162 episodes playing Paul Buchanan in the situation comedy series “Mad About You” (1992-99) co-starring Helen Hunt. The series was about a newlywed couple in New York who were experiencing the joys and difficulties of married life.
“The humor was sophisticated and Paul Reiser showed how skilled he was at being funny not by jokes, but by his wry comments based on his observations on everyone around him,” said Debbie Manov of Boca Raton, a long time fan of Reiser.
Since the end of “Mad About You,” Reiser went on to appear in 28 films. In one memorable film “The Thing About My Folks,” Reiser plays the adult son in a Jewish family who learns that his mother will pass on soon.
“It was a very moving film and the many scenes I had with Peter Falk, who played my father, is a testimony to the importance of family.”
Reiser has authored three humor books sharing anecdotes about being married in “Couplehood,” being a new father in “Babyhood” and being the father of two teenage sons in “Familyhood.”
Reiser views himself as having a strong cultural Jewish identity that strongly influenced his comedy.
“I was raised Jewish, married a Jewish woman (to Paula since 1988), went to Israel and prepared my two sons for their bar mitzvahs. I share all my funny observations on my life with them for my audiences,” said Reiser.
He has also done a number of shows in benefit of Jewish philanthropic organizations, such as Jewish community centers and synagogues.
For tickets, call the Coral Springs Center For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. in Coral Springs at 954-344-5999 or go to http://www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
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