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Paul Scheer - Comedian/Actor
Posted: 08/28/2006

Who:
Paul Scheer

What do you do:
Comedian/Actor

Where do you work:
Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Best Week Ever on VH1, Los Angeles

When did you realize your interest in comedy:
I think watching Saturday Night Live at a young age (in middle school) got me really excited about it. My parents divorced so I would come over to my dad’s house on the weekends. He would tape Saturday Night Live and Sunday morning we would watch it.

Why comedy:
I think the reason I got into it is because that is what I loved to watch and I love to laugh. When I was a kid it was the best thing, making my own radio shows for no one, which I guess was very Andy Kaufman. You want that approval. With comedy you get it immediately. You know if you are doing a good job right way. There’s instant gratification.

How would you advise others:
Start studying comedy, take a class, find your strengths, whether it’s at UCB, Second City or the Groundlings. Once you see the home that suits you find a way to get an internship there, get behind the scenes. You’ll never find people turning you away if you want to work for free or very limited wages… I think comedy is one of the best professions in entertainment because you can essentially create your own ticket; you don’t have to wait for anybody else to tell you what to do.