Paul Reiser

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How to Get to Carnegie Hall

Reiser recalls his memorable encounters with legendary Hollywood greats whose advice, friendship and example showed him how to be a better artist and better man. Both touching and funny, Reiser shares the intimate details of inspiring backstage moments with comedy greats such as Johnny Carson, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Carol Burnett, and Peter Falk, and what they taught him about life, work, and creativity. Finding himself at a loss for advice as his own children come of age, Reiser invokes an age-old joke — "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" — to remind us that some things never change, especially the eternal value of hard work and practice.

Familyhood

From the back cover:

"For the longest time, based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence, my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat-out, no-question-about-it, least-skilled parents in the country. Furthermore, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect. They were more thorough in going over their kids' homework, they set better boundaries than we do, didn't let their kids watch as many hours of TV as we do, raised kids who are unfailingly polite in public and have a far greater sense of community and public service than our underachieving offspring over there on the couch watching SpongeBob. We were certain everybody else's kids willingly and joyfully eat nothing but healthy foods, shunning all candy and candy-based products, they all sensibly and automatically put on weather-appropriate clothing, and voluntarily call their grandparents with clockwork regularity, giving fully detailed accounts of their numerous accomplishments, ending with testimonials to their wonderful and perfect parents.

Turns out: not so much. At all."

In the number one New York Times bestseller Couplehood, Paul Reiser writes about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married—and the heart-break and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Familyhood, Reiser shares his observations on parenting, marriage, and mid-life with the wit, warmth, and humor that he's so well-known for.

From the first experience of sending his two boys off to summer camp—the early feeling of gleeful freedom in an empty house, to realizing how empty the house actually was—to maneuvering the minefield of bad words learned at school, this hilarious new book captures the spirit of familyhood, the logical next frontier for Reiser's trademark perspective on the universal truths of life, love, and relationships.

Babyhood

From the back cover:

"I'm going to be totally honest. This is not the kind of book that can help you. It's not a "how-to", "when-to", a "what-to-expect" book. It's not even endorsed by anyone remotely connected to the medical profession. (Although a cousin of mine who sells carpeting to doctors' offices not only found it "insightful" and "informative," but felt that, "if properly vacuumed, it should last a lifetime.")

"A fine endorsement," you say. "But if I have only one book to buy, shouldn't I go for the helpful one?"

Let's compare:

Those "know-it-all" books tell you how to have a happy, healthy pregnancy.

My book mentions a squirrel.

Those books tell you how to care for a newborn child.

My book describes how tired I am.

Those books give you essential information you can use in a life-threatening emergency.

My book has some very amusing anecdotes about poop.

So really, it's up to you. If you want to be prepared and well-informed, I understand. But if you enjoy seeing the words "pterodactyl" and "uterus" in the same book, you've got to the right place.

Couplehood

Reiser brings his trademark wit to the page in a book that will delight his eagerly-awaiting audience, and anyone else who has ever fallen in love—or tried not to. In Couplehood, a New York Times bestseller for more than 40 weeks, Reiser reflects on what it means to be half of a couple—everything from the science of hand holding, to the technique of tag-team storytelling, to the politics of food and why it always seems to come down to chicken or fish.

Unusual Suspects

Actor/comedian Paul Reiser of MAD ABOUT YOU and DINER fame has teamed up with British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham for UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, an album of original songs featuring Fordham's vocals and Reiser's piano playing. Fordham contributed the lyrics, while Reiser, a composition major in college, wrote the music.

The comedian describes the collaborations on UNUSUAL SUSPECTS as "bittersweet songs about loves that have died, loves that are dying, loves that you wish would do you a favor and die… surprisingly heavy stuff for two pretty contented people. (Paul wanted to call the album "Why So Sad?" but was thankfully dissuaded.)"

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Biography

Comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician Paul Reiser has been busier than usual lately.

He’s currently starring in two hit shows for Netflix: Stranger Things as Dr. Sam Owens, in a role created by the Duffer Brothers specifically for Reiser, and Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method alongside Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Reiser has been getting rave reviews for the latter, where he delivered a moving soliloquy on life and loss in a scene that MediaPost says “will stand by year’s end as one of the finest moments seen anywhere on television this year.” The celebrated renaissance man caps off the year with the highly-anticipated return of Mad About You, the long-running hit 90s comedy Reiser co-created and starred in with Helen Hunt.

Mad About You—which won numerous Emmy Awards, a coveted Peabody Award and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series—ended in May 1999 and returns 20 years later on Spectrum Originals as a limited series. The first comedy produced by this new network, Mad About You debuts during the 2019 holiday season.

Reiser was also seen on Amazon’s Red Oaks for three seasons in a role singled out as  “one of his absolute finest, not just of late, but of ever”—and also in Mad Men creator Matt Weiner’s limited Amazon series The Romanoffs alongside Christina Hendricks and Isabelle Huppert. Additionally, Reiser joined Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams and producers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kale in FX’s Emmy-nominated Fosse/Verdon. 

Throughout his prolific career, Reiser has worked with both independent and mainstream filmmakers. More recently, Reiser earned acclaim for his supporting roles in the Academy Award-winning film Whiplash, John McDonagh‘s War on Everyone and frequent collaborator Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours, the third film the pair have worked on together. Reiser’s most recent cinematic turn will be alongside Kevin Hart in the touching comedy Fatherhood, to be released spring of 2020. The veteran actor has garnered praise for notable performances in films such as Diner, Bye Bye Love, Aliens, One Night At McCool’s, Beverly Hills Cop I/II and The Thing About My Folks, which Reiser wrote for his co-star Peter Falk.

Reiser is a fixture behind the camera as well. He co-created and co-produced the seven-episode Hulu Original Series There’s…. Johnny! The show, co-created with filmmaker David Steven Simon and co-produced with David Gordon Green in conjunction with The Carson Company, premiered on November 2017 to critical praise, with Brett White of Decider saying There’s…. Johnny!  is “a television experience unlike any I’ve seen on TV in recent years” and “unfolds like a dream, a memory fondly recalled.”

Reiser’s first book, Couplehood, sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on The New York Times best sellers list. His subsequent books, Babyhood and Familyhood, were best-sellers as well. Reiser regularly performs standup at sold-out venues nationwide and was voted one of the “Top 100 Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central.

Reiser, who attended SUNY Binghamton and majored in music, co-wrote the theme song from Mad About You, “The Final Frontier,” with Grammy-winning producer Don Was. In 2011, he released an album of original songs with British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham called Unusual Suspects. Over the course of his career, Reiser has received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. 

Reiser and his family reside in Los Angeles.

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