Seasonal Special Happenings

Paul Reiser

When: Feb. 1-2, 7:30 & 9 p.m. 2013

In the spare moments Paul Reiser triangulates between writing New York Times bestselling books, producing TV pilots and being a family man, he's been known to MC a charity event or two. “I went onstage a couple years back, told a few jokes, and it sparked an old feeling,” says Reiser, who performs tonight at 7:30 and 10:30 at Hilarities. “I was like, 'Oh man, that's fun.” He got his legs back at some local clubs and now he's on tour, doing what he frankly always wanted to do. The sitcoms and the movies always felt like digressions, he says, from a very early stand-up impulse. Reiser's had to acclimate to night club hours and constant travel, but he's finding that his material is coming naturally now that he's devoting himself fully to it. “I find that it's an extension of the same types of conversations I wanted to have on Mad About You, only in a different format. And now instead of, ‘my girlfriend or my fiancee,’ it's ‘my wife and my kids’ and they're growing up and they have personalities!” He's telling more stories than ever before and communing with audiences more intimately than the one-liners and gag guys. With Reiser at the mic, you don't go to hear the punchlines. You go for the special thrill of nudging your date or spouse and saying, “My God, babe, he's talking about us.” (Sam Allard)

Price: $20-$28

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