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A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Paul Mecurio graduated with honors from Georgetown Law School and began his career on Wall Street as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at the law firm of Willkie Farr and Gallagher and later as an investment banker at CS First Boston. All the while, Paul was honing a second career writing and performing comedy and was hired by Jay Leno to write jokes for The Tonight Show. With the encouragement of Jay, Paul moved center stage, leaving Wall Street and starting his career as a stand-up comedian.
Paul was invited to be on the original writing team for a new Comedy Central show called The Daily Show. As a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Paul won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety, Music or Comedy Program. Paul has also been honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (think The Pulitzer Prize for Broadcasting) for his work on The Daily Show. Paul has also received a second Emmy nomination for his work on The Daily Show. Paul has been featured on The Daily Show as a correspondent and in The Daily Show segment, Second Opinion, in which he skewered the medical profession playing an HMO representative with a less than sympathetic mindset.
Paul created, executive produced and stars in the HBO Sports web series, Got No Game with Paul Mecurio, which recently premiered with weekly installments at www.HBO.com and www.paulmecurio.com. The series takes a satiric look at the world of sports through original sketches and one-on-one interviews and has been nominated for an Emmy Award.
Paul is a regular satirist on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. He appears regularly on MSNBCs Countdown with Keith Olberman and Foxs Red Eye.
A national headliner in clubs across North America and in Europe, Paul has performed twice at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and has made over two dozen national TV appearances including multiple appearances on The Late, Late Show on CBS, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Centrals The Daily Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, NBCs Late Friday, Comedy Centrals Dr. Katz and on VH1s popular clip shows.
Paul starred his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special and was featured as a political satirist in the Presidential Election coverage on The Daily Show, by The Daily News, CNN, MSNBC, CNNfn, and ESPN2.
Paul was seen in a guest-starring role opposite John Cleese in the ABC sitcom Wednesday at 9:30 and shot a television pilot set in New York City for famed producer/directors Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. He can be seen in the dramatic film, High Art, Low Life, written and directed by Peter Nourjian and is the lead role in the independent film Faux Pix.
Paul is heard by millions of listeners nationwide in his recurring segment, Paul Mecurio’s Image Makeover on the nationally syndicated morning radio show, The Bob & Tom Show. This show is heard in 155 markets by four million listeners daily.
Paul has written, produced and directed five short films, the latest of which, Gloves, an off-center dark comedy has been screened at several prestigious film festivals including The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Toronto Film Festival, The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and The San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. Paul also worked on the film American Buffalo, starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz based on the award winning David Mamet play of the same name.
Paul is currently headlining comedy clubs nationwide. Fans can visit www.PaulMecurio.com for background information, tour schedule, audio and video clips, photos and more.