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.


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.


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.


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.)"



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 with Reiser specifically in mind, and the Chuck Lorre-created “The Kominsky Method,” alongside Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.

This follows two shows for Amazon: three seasons on “Red Oaks” – in a role singled out as  “one of his absolute finest, not just of late, but of ever.” – and in “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner’s limited series ‘The Romanoffs.’ alongside Christina Hendricks and Isabelle Huppert,

Working behind the camera, Reiser created and produced the seven-episode series ‘There’s…. Johnny!’ streaming on Hulu.  The show, which Reiser co-created with filmmaker David Steven Simon and co-produced with David Gordon Green, and done in conjunction with The Carson Company, intertwines authentic footage from ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson with a fictional story taking place behind the scenes at the iconic show in the early 1970s. ‘There’s…. Johnny!’ premiered to critical praise, with Decider calling it  “… 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.”

Back on the acting side, Reiser, earlier this year joined Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, and producers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kale in Fx’s “Fosse/Verdon” which was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, including Best Limited Series.

And this very busy year will end with the highly anticipated return of “Mad About You,” the long-running hit comedy of the ’90s in which Reiser starred with Helen Hunt, which Reiser also co-created. In addition to Reiser’s multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations, “Mad About You”, won numerous Emmy awards, a coveted Peabody and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series. The original series ended in May 1999 and will now return, 20 years later, as a limited series on Spectrum Originals  – the first comedy they’re producing. The first six episodes of the reboot will drop November 20th, 2019 and the second six episodes on December 18th, 2019.

Reiser has had notable performances in films such as ‘Diner,’ ‘Bye Bye Love,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘One Night At McCool’s,’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ (I and II).  More recently, Reiser earned acclaim for his supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film, ‘Whiplash,’ and also appeared in John McDonagh’s ‘War on Everyone,’ “The Little Hours’ with John C. Reilly and Aubrey Plaza, and will be seen with Kevin Hart in the touching comedy “Fatherhood”, also to be released this Holiday season.

Reiser’s first book, “Couplehood,” sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list. His second bestseller, “Babyhood,” was 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.’

Between film and television commitments, Reiser,  who was voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.” has returned to his roots as a stand-up and plays sold-out venues across the country.

Paul Reiser and his family reside in Los Angeles.



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