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Nationality
  
American

Subject(s)
  
Stand-up


Name
  
Paul Provenza

Role
  
Television actor

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Born
  
July 31, 1957 (age 66) Bronx, New York City, New York, USA (
1957-07-31
)

Notable works and roles
  
The Aristocrats, The Green Room with Paul Provenza, ¡Satiristas!

Books
  
Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians

Education
  
University of Pennsylvania, The Bronx High School of Science

Nominations
  
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Movies and TV shows
  
The Green Room with Paul Prov, The Aristocrats, Northern Exposure, Fixing Frank, Stealing Candy

Similar People
  
Penn Jillette, Elaine Miles, Darren E Burrows, John Cullum, Cynthia Geary

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Paul Provenza (born July 31, 1957) is a television presenter and actor, actor on stage, radio panelist, stand-up comedian, filmmaker, and skeptic based in Los Angeles. He has appeared on several podcasts and in recent years has interviewed other stand-up comedians. In 2005 he became a director, in 2010 an author and in 2011 he started producing for comedy festivals and television.

Contents

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Early years

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Provenza was born and grew up in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx, New York City, and graduated in 1975 from the Bronx High School of Science. In high school, he started performing stand-up comedy, making his stage debut at age 17 at the original The Improv in Manhattan. He continued performing while attending the University of Pennsylvania, taking a year's leave of absence to study in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. While at RADA, he joined a classical repertory theater group, becoming one of few Americans to perform the role of Romeo on the London stage. He graduated in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania, the year it awarded its first Theatre Arts degree. At Penn, he wrote for the Pennsylvania Punch Bowl and was a cast member of the Mask and Wig Club, where he has returned numerous times to perform in the annual Intercollegiate Comedy Festival.

Television work

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Provenza made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on March 25, 1983. Additional television work includes hosting a short-lived Nickelodeon TV show from 1988 until 1989 called Kids Court, appearing as Patrick in Empty Nest, and playing Dr. Phil Capra in Season 6 of CBS's Northern Exposure, opposite Teri Polo.

Stand up, theatre and radio work

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While working as a standup comedian and on television, Provenza also found work in theatre. He received critical acclaim for his work on stage, with his performance in the Off-Broadway play Only Kidding! being nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Actor and winning the Theater World Award for Best Actor in a Play. He was the stand-up comedian opening act for Diana Ross for three years or more. He was honored with a caricature by the legendary Al Hirschfeld. He also is a frequent panelist on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on National Public Radio

Podcasts

Provenza has appeared on:

WTF with Marc Maron Episode 92 on July 22, 2010

The Longshot Podcast Episode 634 on June 6, 2013

Ken Reid (comedian)'s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on February 25, 2015

Getting Doug With High along with Kelly Carlin on January 29, 2014

The Tony Perkins Show Episode 52 featuring Gary Stein on July 25, 2015

The Rubin Report Episode 32 along with David Silverman on April 29, 2016

Todd N Tyler Radio Empire "2/24 4-1 Paul Provenza" on April 24, 2017

Directing

After decades as a stand-up comic and actor, Provenza found a new calling as an interviewer of other stand-ups, culminating in his 2005 directorial debut, The Aristocrats (made with Penn Jillette). At the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Provenza held a nightly show at the Underbelly, Talk of the Fest. Held at 11pm each night of the festival, the set up was described by Provenza as that of a "green room for the whole festival". Guests included Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. The show was reprised by Provenza at the 2007 Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, where guests included Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, and members of The Kids in the Hall. In 2010, Showtime picked up the show and on June 12, 2010, The Green Room with Paul Provenza debuted with many of the same festival guest line-ups.

Producing

In 2011, Provenza began developing a new show called Set List - Stand-Up Without A Net. The show was originally devised by Troy Conrad and features stand-up comedians who are made to improvise their sets based on suggestions they receive. After successful appearances at worldwide comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, it was picked up for television by UK broadcaster Sky Atlantic. The series included performers Robin Williams, Drew Carey and Frank Skinner and was also broadcast in Australia on ABC2

Religious skepticism

Provenza was Master of Ceremonies at the 2012 Reason Rally held on the mall in Washington, DC, welcoming a crowd of approximately 30,000.

Author

In May, 2010, Provenza's book, ¡Satiristas!, with photography by Dan Dion was released by Harper-Collins. It features in-depth interviews with Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Marc Maron, among others.

Filmography

Actor
-
Sleeping with the Lion (announced) as
Dado
-
Radio Gods (TV Series) (completed) as
Max
- Episode #1.1 - Max
2022
The Big Bad Broadcast (Podcast Series)
- Paul Provenza (2022)
2019
You Are Here: A Dylan Brody Project
2018
I'm Dying Up Here (TV Series) as
Peter
- Call Me a Ham (2018) - Peter
- The Mattresses (2018) - Peter
2018
For the Love of George as
Donnie
2017
Holy Shit (TV Series) as
Judah
- Top 10 Lewd Sexual Acts in the Bible (2017) - Judah
2017
Batman & Jesus (Documentary) as
Joker / Paul Provenza
2014
The Dr. Susan Block Show (TV Series)
- Bonobo Way Launch, Speakeasy Re-Opening & the Happiest of Birthdays for Capt'n Max! (2014)
2011
Woman's Picture as
Russell
2007
Chasing Robert as
Paul
2007
Comedy Cuts (TV Series)
2003
Stealing Candy as
Ross
2002
Aces (TV Movie)
2002
Fixing Frank as
Dr. Jonathan Baldwin
2001
Deadline (TV Series) as
Zak Mason
- Just Lie Back (2001) - Zak Mason
2000
Nothing Sacred as
Darin
1999
Beggars and Choosers (TV Series) as
Parker Meridian
- Fifty Three Percent Solution (2000) - Parker Meridian
- Fasten Your Seatbelts (2000) - Parker Meridian
- Death in Malibu (2000) - Parker Meridian
- Russian Roulette (2000) - Parker Meridian
- Always Leave 'Em Laughing (1999) - Parker Meridian
- White Woman's Burden (1999) - Parker Meridian
- Touched by an Angel (1999) - Parker Meridian
- Unsafe Sex (1999) - Parker Meridian
- Sex, Drugs & Videotape (1999) - Parker Meridian
- The Deal (1999) - Parker Meridian
- The Ethel Merman Story (1999) - Parker Meridian
- The Hat Trick (1999) - Parker Meridian
- Once More Unto the Breach (1999) - Parker Meridian
- The Mountainmen: Part 2 (1999) - Parker Meridian
- The Mountainmen: Part 1 (1999) - Parker Meridian
2000
The West Wing (TV Series) as
Steve Onorato
- Mandatory Minimums (2000) - Steve Onorato
- Let Bartlet Be Bartlet (2000) - Steve Onorato
1999
The Hungry Bachelors Club as
Stanley Diggers
1998
Chow Bella as
Anthony
1998
Ted as
Brother
1997
413 Hope St. (TV Series) as
Adolfo
- Quentin Goes Home (1997) - Adolfo
1997
Plump Fiction as
Crispin Maraschino
1996
The Shot as
Transvestite Apartment Manager
1996
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (TV Series) as
Ethan
- Magic Joel (1996) - Ethan
1995
Phobophilia: The Love of Fear (TV Movie)
1994
Northern Exposure (TV Series) as
Dr. Phillip Capra
- Tranquility Base (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Let's Dance (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Ursa Minor (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Balls (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Buss Stop (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Little Italy (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- The Graduate (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Lucky People (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- The Quest (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- The Mommy's Curse (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Horns (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Mi Casa, Su Casa (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- The Great Mushroom (1995) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Realpolitik (1994) - Dr. Phillip Capra
- Sons of the Tundra (1994) - Dr. Phillip Capra
1992
Empty Nest (TV Series) as
Patrick Arcola
- Bye-Bye, Baby- Hello: Part 2 (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- Bye-Bye, Baby- Hello: Part 1 (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- Surprise! Surprise! (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- Charley to the Rescue (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- My Mother, My Self (1993) - Patrick Arcola (credit only)
- Aunt Verne Knows Best (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- Two for the Road (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- The All-American Boy - Not! (1993) - Patrick Arcola (credit only)
- Love and Marriage (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- My Dad, My Doctor (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- More to Love (1993) - Patrick Arcola (credit only)
- Dog Day Afternoon (1993) - Patrick Arcola (credit only)
- Pardon My Flashback (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- The Fracas in Vegas (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- The Sting (1993) - Patrick Arcola (credit only)
- Emily (1993) - Patrick Arcola
- Overboard (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- The Body Beautiful (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- Thanksgiving at the Westons (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- Timing Is Everything (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- Dirty Harry (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- It's Not Easy Being Green (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- Cruel and Unusual Punishment (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- The Boomerang Affair (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- R.N. on the Rebound (1992) - Patrick Arcola
- Take My Garage, Please (1992) - Patrick Arcola
1991
Strictly Business as
Larry
1990
Nothing Upstairs (TV Movie) as
Paul
1989
Charles in Charge (TV Series) as
Todd Sterling
- Second Banana (1989) - Todd Sterling
1989
Miami Vice (TV Series) as
Ricky DeMaria
- Miami Squeeze (1989) - Ricky DeMaria
1988
Survival Quest as
Joey
1987
The Facts of Life (TV Series) as
Casey Clark
- Till Marriage Do Us Part (1988) - Casey Clark
- Less Than Perfect (1988) - Casey Clark
- A Thousand Frowns (1988) - Casey Clark
- The More the Marrier (1987) - Casey Clark
- Sweet Charity (1987) - Casey Clark
1987
Pursuit of Happiness (TV Series) as
Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- That Pair of Eyes (1988) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- Uphill Skiing (1988) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- Together Again (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- A History Lesson (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- The Defiant Ones (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- Advice and Consent (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- Thirty (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- Boys Night Out (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- Put to the Test (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
- The Arrival (1987) - Asst. Prof. David Hanley
1987
The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
- Solve It Again, Harry (1987)
1987
The Oldest Rookie (TV Series) as
Babcock
- Blue Flu (1987) - Babcock
1986
Under the Influence (TV Movie) as
Stephen Talbot
1986
Odd Jobs as
Byron
1984
Brothers (TV Series) as
Man
- Fear of Flying (1984) - Man
1984
Back Together (TV Movie) as
Herkie Burke
1983
For Love and Honor (TV Series) as
Drunk Soldier
- For Love and Honor (Pilot) (1983) - Drunk Soldier
1980
Blue Jeans (TV Movie) as
Jimmy Scanlon
Producer
2021
Andy Andrist: Last Shot (TV Special) (executive producer)
2013
Set List: Stand Up Without a Net (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 21 April 2013 (2013) - (producer)
2012
Donkey Love (Documentary) (executive producer)
2011
The Green Room with Paul Provenza (TV Series) (executive producer - 8 episodes)
- Episode #2.8 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.7 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.6 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.5 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.4 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.3 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.2 (2011) - (executive producer)
- Episode #2.1 (2011) - (executive producer)
2009
American: The Bill Hicks Story (Documentary) (associate producer: USA)
2006
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story (TV Movie documentary) (celebrity producer)
2005
A Fist Full of Pills (Short) (consulting producer)
2005
The Aristocrats (Documentary) (executive producer)
Writer
2013
Set List: Stand Up Without a Net (TV Series)
1993
Elvis, U.S.A. (TV Movie documentary)
1991
Comics Only (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Louis C.K., Steven Wright (1991)
Director
2021
Andy Andrist: Last Shot (TV Special)
2007
The If.comedy Awards: A Comedy Cuts Special (TV Special documentary)
2005
The Aristocrats (Documentary)
Camera Department
2005
The Aristocrats (Documentary) (camera operator)
Editor
2005
The Aristocrats (Documentary)
Editorial Department
2006
American Drug War: The Last White Hope (Documentary) (editing consultant)
Miscellaneous
1986
Odd Jobs (graffiti)
Thanks
-
Jesters and Fools (Documentary short) (special thanks) (completed)
2015
Roseanne for President! (Documentary) (thanks)
2006
Searching for Mise en Place (Short) (very special thanks)
2005
Coma Girl: The State of Grace (thanks)
Self
-
Guy Behind the Pie (TV Series documentary) (pre-production) as
Self
2022
George Carlin's American Dream (TV Series documentary) as
Self
2021
Live from Detroit: The Jeff Dwoskin Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Paul Provenza Left His Set List In The Green Room (2021) - Self - Guest
2021
Patrice O'Neal: Killing Is Easy (TV Movie documentary)
2020
This Is Stand-Up (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Episode #1.2 (2020) - Self
- Episode #1.1 (2020) - Self
2017
Ian Harris: ExtraOrdinary (TV Movie) as
Self
2017
Funny: The Documentary (Documentary) as
Self
2017
The Pantelis Podcast (Podcast Series) as
Self - Guest
- Paul Provenza & Marty Younge (2017) - Self - Guest
2017
Gilbert (Documentary) as
Self
2017
Poop Talk (Documentary) as
Self
2016
Silenced (Documentary) as
Self
2015
The Mythicist Milwaukee Show (TV Series) as
Guest
- Reason Rally Recap Part 3/3 w/ Paul Provenza and Jozef Kyle Richards (2016) - Guest
- Paul Provenza (2015)
2016
Dying Laughing (Documentary) as
Self
2016
Absolutely Jason Stuart (TV Series) as
Self
- Paul Provenza (2016) - Self
2015
The Partially Examined Life (Podcast Series) as
Self - Comedian & Actor
- Jaspers's Existentialism with Guest Paul Provenza (2015) - Self - Comedian & Actor (voice)
2015
Never Not Funny (Podcast Series) as
Self
- Paul Provenza (2015) - Self
2014
A Venue for the End of the World (Documentary) as
Self
2014
Gotham Comedy Live (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Host
- Paul Provenza (2014) - Self - Host
2014
Getting Doug with High (Podcast Series) as
Self
- Kelly Carlin, Paul Provenza (2014) - Self
2013
The Unbelievers (Documentary) as
Self
2012
The Bitter Buddha (Documentary) as
Self
2010
The Green Room with Paul Provenza (TV Series) as
Self - Host
2011
The Daily Habit (TV Series) as
Self
- Paul Provenza/Moshe Kasher/Sasha Jackson (2011) - Self
2010
The Long Shot (TV Series) as
Self
2010
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Paul Provenza/Rick Overton (2010) - Self
2010
Celebrity Liar (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.25 (2010) - Self
2010
WTF with Marc Maron (Podcast Series) as
Self - Guest
- Paul Provenza (2010) - Self - Guest
2010
This Week in Comedy (TV Series) as
Self
- Pilot: Rick Overton/Paul Provenza (2010) - Self
2010
Back from Hell: A Tribute to Sam Kinison (TV Special) as
Self
2010
I Am Comic (Documentary) as
Self
2008
Comedy Central Roasts (TV Series) as
Self
- Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget (2008) - Self (uncredited)
2006
Hollywood's Master Storytellers: The Aristocrats (TV Special) as
Self
2005
Weekends at the DL (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.6 (2005) - Self
2005
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #4.84 (2005) - Self
2005
The Aristocrats (Documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2004
Raymann is laat (TV Series) as
Self - Stand-up Comedian
- Episode #5.3 (2004) - Self - Stand-up Comedian
1998
TV Guide's Prevue '98 (TV Series) as
Self
1997
The Daily Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Paul Provenza (1997) - Self
1995
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Matt Lauer/Paul Provenza/Bo Diddley (1996) - Self - Guest
- Paul Provenza/Joely Fisher/Kim Richey (1995) - Self - Guest
1994
Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 26 December 1994 (1994) - Self
1993
Elvis, U.S.A. (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1992
The A-List (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.32 - Self
1992
London Underground (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.2 (1992) - Self
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.85 (1992) - Self
1989
Comics Only (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- Louis C.K., Steven Wright (1991) - Self - Host
- Ken Ober, Wayne Federman (1991) - Self - Host
- Episode #1.55 (1991) - Self - Host
- Margaret Cho (1989) - Self - Host
1991
The Chuck Woolery Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.44 (1991) - Self
1983
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest / Self / Self - Guest Comic
- Jay Leno (guest host), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Provenza, Itzhak Perlman (1991) - Self - Guest
- Jay Leno (guest host), Marilu Henner, Debbie Allen, Paul Provenza, Wilson Phillips (1991) - Self
- Jay Leno (guest host)/Robert Hays/Larry King/Paul Shaffer/Paul Provenza (1989) - Self - Guest
- Episode #26.172 (1987) - Self - Guest
- Teri Garr/Jennifer O'Neill/Paul Provenza (1983) - Self - Guest Comic
1991
London Underground (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.5 (1991) - Self
1991
The Sunday Comics (TV Series) as
Self - Performer - Stand Up
- Episode #1.6 (1991) - Self - Performer - Stand Up
1988
Kids' Court (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- The Case of the Nasty Critic (1988) - Self - Host
- The Case of the Dirty Dishes/The Case of the Borrowed Bicycle (1988) - Self - Host
- Episode #1.1 (1988) - Self - Host
1986
Nightlife (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.36 (1986) - Self
1984
Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 23 April 1984 (1984) - Self
1983
Des O'Connor Tonight (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #7.5 (1983) - Self
1983
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (TV Series) as
Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 18 November 1983 (1983) - Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 17 November 1983 (1983) - Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 16 November 1983 (1983) - Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 15 November 1983 (1983) - Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 14 November 1983 (1983) - Self - Panelist
1982
The John Davidson Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 24 February 1982 (1982) - Self
1981
An Evening at the Improv (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.14 (1981) - Self
- Episode #2.12 (1981) - Self
- Episode #1.5 (1981) - Self
Archive Footage
2003
Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny! (TV Movie documentary) as
Self

References

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