"Absolutely a great show! Reiser is completely Reiser, just older. And it turns out, that makes the whole thing even Reiserer."
"Paul Reiser's comedy show surpassed my expectations. Our entire group enjoyed the night and we all had smiles on our faces throughout the entire show."
"He kept me laughing the whole time. I laughed,
It was great material…"
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.
"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.
"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?"
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.
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.
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.)"
Comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician Paul Reiser has spent the last 30+ years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows. He was voted one of Comedy Central's "Top 100 Comedians of All Time."
The NY-bred and LA-based Reiser has made a number of appearances on screen and even lent his talents behind the camera.
Reiser created and produced the seven-episode series ‘There’s…. Johnny!’ The series, which Reiser co-created with filmmaker David Steven Simon and co-produced with David Gordon Green, intertwines authentic footage from 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' with the coming-of-age story of Andy, a wide-eyed 19-year-old Nebraskan who stumbles into a job at the iconic show. ‘There’s…. Johnny!’ premiered on Hulu in November, receiving praise for its warmth and creative use of vintage footage. Decider called ‘There’s… Johnny!’ an “antidote” to 2017 cynicism, commenting that it “…adds up to a television experience unlike any I’ve seen on TV in recent years. ‘There’s…Johnny!’ is an effortless watch...This show unfolds like a dream, a memory fondly recalled.”
Reiser also joined the cast of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' for the series' highly anticipated second season, which was released in October and recently renewed for a third season. In a role created by the Duffer brothers with him specifically in mind, Reiser played Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member of the Department of Energy who is brought to the small town to investigate the supernatural situations at play.
Reiser collaborated once again with David Gordon Green ('Pineapple Express,' 'Prince Avalanche’), as well as with Steven Soderbergh on the critically-acclaimed hit Amazon series 'Red Oaks.’ Reiser's role as Doug Getty, the president of a New Jersey country club in a nostalgic 80's themed setting, was called "one of his absolute finest, not just of late, but of ever." The show’s third and final season premiered in October.
Additionally, Reiser has been cast in the latest project of ‘Mad Men’ showrunner Matthew Weiner, ‘The Romanoffs.’ The forthcoming Amazon mini-series is centered around the modern-day descendants of the mysterious Romanov dynasty. Reiser will co-star alongside Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert and Jack Huston. The show is set to be released in 2018.
Reiser’s recent films include John McDonagh's 'War on Everyone' with Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena, 'The Book of Love' with Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis,'The Little Hours' with John C. Reilly and Aubrey Plaza, and the Lake Bell-directed 'I Do… Until I Don’t' with Ed Helms, Amber Heard, and Mary Steenburgen.
Reiser has had notable performances in films such as 'Diner,' 'Bye Bye Love,' 'The Marrying Man,' 'Aliens,' 'One Night At McCool's,' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' (I and II). He also co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series 'Mad About You,' which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. More recently, Reiser earned acclaim for his supporting role in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-winning film, 'Whiplash,' starring JK Simmons and Miles Teller.
Reiser’s book, Couplehood, has sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Reiser’s second bestseller, Babyhood, features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father, followed by his third bestseller, Familyhood.
Reiser, who attended the State University of New York at Binghamton and majored in music, co-wrote "The Final Frontier" – the theme song from 'Mad About You' with Grammy-winning producer Don Was, and in 2011 he released an album of original songs with British singer / songwriter Julia Fordham called 'Unusual Suspects.'
Paul Reiser and his family reside in Los Angeles.