Paul Reiser is coming to San Antonio July 28th and 29th, 2023, to return to the stage to do some Stand Up comedy. Paul will be doing three shows over the two nights at Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club. We began by speaking about how with all the roles Paul has played over the years that he feels like a buddy. From “Diner” to “Mad About You” to “Stranger Things” and so much more, Paul is a recognizable face. Despite all that though, Paul mentioned that he got his start in the entertainment industry doing stand-up. His goal was just to do comedy. But his first acting job was the movie “Diner.” Then with the sitcom “Mad About You” in the 90′s keeping him busy, he didn’t have the chance to do stand-up then.
Paul had meant to return to stand up, he admits “It took me longer than I thought it would.” When he finally made the move to get back to stand up, he specifically asked his agent to book him into comedy clubs. He described how clubs are “Fun and intimate” and that’s where everybody started out. He mentioned how it’s close, interactive and you can “Work on new material.” Paul said he has never performed in San Antonio. That lead to some discussion of the lovely weather in our city during the summer months.
We took some time to dig into so many things that Paul does. He is an author, a musician, he writes for TV, he works behind the camera and in front of it as well. We spoke about the differences in writing a book, a TV show and a stand-up routine. He discussed how you write every word for stand up, but the audience and their reaction can change what you do on the stage. He said it’s a constant learning process and interactive.
With recently being in the Netflix series “Stranger Things” it brought us into talking about the age of his audiences and the people who recognize him in public. He joked about how the younger people know him from “Stranger Things”, his core audience knows him from “Mad About You” and the older people will reference “The Kominsky Method”, but there is a bunch of tattooed guys who will know him from “The Boys.”
Paul jokes that he isn’t “Smart enough to make anything up.” He gets up on stage and talks about what happens in his life. He speaks about his wife, his kids and interactions with everyday people in the course of his life. That made me ask if his family would ever request something they experienced be left out of his act. He said that was not so much part of his stand up but, he did have some amusing stories of how his marriage helped shape “Mad About You.” Paul discussed how Helen Hunt, his on screen wife in “Mad About You” and he are good friends and would joke about looking back at the characters today. But they were approached with the idea of doing the reboot for the show. We also spoke about edgy material for the show, then and now, and despite the reboot being on a streaming platform with the ability to curse, they found they didn’t really want to use it.
Paul even shared about seeing the Spurs while doing Texas basketball tour. He even shared a story of hitting a foul shot for charity at a game in Houston and impressing his son. Check out our conversation at the top of the page, and by all means, feel free to laugh at any or all of it.
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