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As a seasoned actor, writer, and standup comedian, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series Mad About You, which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, his successes also include his book Couplehood, which sold over 2 million copies and reached the number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and Babyhood, his follow-up book, which features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father and also made the New York Times bestseller list.

Paul made his theatrical debut in Woody Allen's Writer's Block. The evening of one-act comedies marked Mr. Allen's first time out as a director for the stage.

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser went to college at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he majored in music, specializing in piano and composition. (He co-wrote "The Final Frontier," the theme song from Mad About You, with Grammy-winning producer Don Was.)

Remembered for notable performances in films such as Diner, Bye, Bye Love, The Marrying Man, Aliens, One Night at McCool's and Beverly Hills Cop 1 and 2, Reiser more recently starred in two original movies for Showtime: Strange Relations, opposite Julie Walters, and Chazz Palminteri's Men vs. Women, opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti.

His first original screenplay, The Thing About My Folks, was released in 2005. Starring along with Reiser were Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis and Elizabeth Perkins.

Reiser's development company is Nuance Productions.

Mr. Reiser and his family live in Los Angeles.

Entries by Paul Reiser

My Appreciation

(27) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 8:37 PM

March of 1979 was when I became a comedian. More specifically, it was when I told my father I was going to be a comedian. That was the hard part.

Having a son become a comedian was not what my father had in mind. His hope was that I'd follow...

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A Moment With Michael Clarke Duncan

(75) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 8:27 AM

Here's what I think of when I hear the name Michael Clarke Duncan:

NYC hotel, about ten years ago. Michael was in town doing publicity for Brother Bear and I happened to be staying in the same hotel.

We bump into each other in the lobby -- we had...

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Big Daddy's Watching

(98) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 7:02 AM

At the moment, my ten-year-old is away at summer camp. In a million ways, it seems not much has changed since my own days at sleep-away camp; his days are endlessly joyful, jam- packed with new friends, adventures, lots of structured activities, a healthy dose of absolutely free free-time, and...

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TV Now

(140) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 4:14 PM

Last time I had a show on television it was 1999.

Now it's a new millennium. After a nice decade of relative quiet at home, I've created a new show which goes out to the world tonight.

And I can't help but notice it's a different world. Not...

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Five Things I'm Thankful for

(69) Comments | Posted November 25, 2010 | 9:00 AM

- The pilgrims with the funny buckled hats who had the guts to get on a boat and make a land where all other pilgrims could follow. I mean your great-great-grandparents, your grandparents or parents, or you, or everybody else who believed there was a better, more free, more fair,...

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For a Song

(23) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 9:50 AM

It's funny how life works sometimes.

Several years ago, I was driving along, listening to the radio when a song came on, a singer I had never heard before. It was a woman with a stunning voice, beautiful and unique. Soaring high notes, velvety low notes, and emotionally soothing...

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A Teachable Leno Moment

(585) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 6:25 AM

I've known Jay Leno since forever. Our wives are friends. He knows my children -- and they both adore him.

So when my little guy saw all the TV-hub-bub this week, he was concerned. "Why are there all these pictures of Jay in the paper? What'd he do?"

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Rush Limbaugh vs. The Dixie Chicks

(221) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 5:38 PM

So here's my question: How come way back when, when the Dixie Chicks casually commented that, on the night our former president declared an unprovoked war, that they felt, at that moment "ashamed to be from Texas," they were declared heretic, traitors, their records were burned, and they were practically...

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How I Know Things Are Different: Way #247

(110) Comments | Posted November 27, 2008 | 12:48 AM

For the last eight years, every morning, I'd sit down to breakfast, crack open the newspaper, roll my eyes for my kids' amusement and say, "Okay, let's see what our president's doing to us today!"

And it was never good.

"He's declaring war. On the wrong people."

"He's...

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Another Reason We Need Shorter Campaigns

(77) Comments | Posted November 8, 2008 | 6:32 PM

As a comic, I know that on stage, your mind goes a thousand times faster than normal. The brain gets hyper-vigilante, constantly sizing up the audience; "What's working, what's not working... Why was there an errant snicker right there? Did I mispronounce something? Is my fly open? Is there a...

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Not a Whole Lot of "Town," and Other Town Hall Debate Reactions

(168) Comments | Posted October 8, 2008 | 1:38 AM

Well, for a town-hall meeting, I sure didn't see a whole lot of "town." A couple dozen of over-lit, underwhelmed people who got free tickets. As a comic, I have to say, that really looked like a tough house.

Not sure what the much-ballyhooed format does for us. Having the...

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Palin's Great Achievement: She Didn't Stink Up the Joint

(236) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 11:47 PM

Well that was fun.

It's sad that "Hey, she didn't stink up the joint" is considered a great achievement.

Gov. Palin was certainly well-prepped and spookily confident on her feet. And when she needed them, she had more than enough down-home, "aw shucks" hockey-mom-isms...

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Obama Underwhelms, McCain Patronizes

(277) Comments | Posted September 27, 2008 | 12:21 AM

Well, for the first few minutes of the debate it was like watching a bad Dr. Phil show. "That was great -- now I want you to turn around and say what you just said, but now say it to him. Let him hear you."

It was...

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Yeah -- You and Whose Army?

(1136) Comments | Posted September 12, 2008 | 10:24 AM

So everyone's talking about the nasty spike of nastiness in the presidential race -- a spike brilliantly orchestrated by the Republican machinery -- and Republican John McCain takes a moment to point out that even this is Barack Obama's fault.

Y'see, all the crap being thrown at Obama -- the...

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Good News/Bad News

(28) Comments | Posted December 30, 2005 | 11:17 PM

The good news? We get a brand new, spanking fresh Year.

The bad news? They gave us one last year, and look what happened.

The good news? It's okay. Someone must have faith in us, because every year, like clockwork, they keep...

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On Being Thankful

(73) Comments | Posted November 23, 2005 | 11:59 PM

Yesterday was a beautiful day. And as I sat outside in the cool, crisp autumn air, watching the magnificent play of sunlight through the leaves, and enjoying the book I was reading, I thought: "These are not to be taken for granted." So I said - not out loud, but...

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It Ain't Just MY Folks

(10) Comments | Posted September 12, 2005 | 12:46 AM

So, here's what I now know:

The movie I've wanted to make for almost half of my adult life is finally coming out. It's called "The Thing About My Folks," and in the movie, Peter Falk plays my father. But it turns out, he's actually playing everyone's father. And that's...

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Fatherhood and the Boss

(16) Comments | Posted June 17, 2005 | 6:44 PM

It's funny, the things that make us proud.

I'm driving with my two boys – 9 and 4 - Springsteen playing. I’ve been not-so-subtly trying to get their musical tastes lined up with my own – partly because I think it’s good for them, and also because frankly, it’s just...

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