Paul Scheer

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Paul Scheer
Paul Scheer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Scheer at 2012 Comic Con
Born Paul Christian Scheer
(1976-01-31) January 31, 1976 (age 38)
Huntington, New York
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) June Diane Raphael (m. 2009)
Website
www.paulscheer.com

Paul Christian Scheer (born January 31, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director.[1] Scheer currently stars on the FX series The League and in the Adult Swim comedy-action-parody series NTSF:SD:SUV::, which he created and directs. His most recent films include supporting roles in Hell Baby, Ass Backwards, Clear History, and Hell & Back. He starred in a web series for JASH called The Arscheerio Paul Show, which recreates classic moments from the Arsenio Hall Show and was dubbed 2013's best viral video of the year by USA Today. He also hosts the popular movie discussion podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas.

Scheer has made appearances on comedy programs such as Burning Love, 30 Rock, Best Week Ever, Childrens Hospital, Funny or Die Presents, Happy Endings and Yo Gabba Gabba. Scheer has been in the films Rapture-Palooza, Piranha 3D and Year One. He also co-created and starred in the cult MTV sketch series Human Giant alongside Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari.

Personal life[edit]

Scheer was born in Huntington, New York. He graduated from St. Anthony's High School (New York) and attended New York University, where he majored in Communication and Education.

Scheer currently lives in Los Angeles and is married to actress-writer June Diane Raphael. They first met in January 2004, after the artistic director of Manhattan's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre brought Scheer in to offer tips to Raphael and her comedy partner Casey Wilson on making improvements to their UCB two-woman sketch show, and started dating shortly afterwards. They moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2005. In October 2009, Scheer and Raphael married at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Scheer's best man was a Jack Nicholson impersonator.[2] They welcomed their first child, a son, born on April 30, 2014.[3]

Career[edit]

Live performances[edit]

In 1995, Scheer became a member of New York City's longest running Off-Broadway comedy show, Chicago City Limits. As a member of their touring company, Scheer extensively traveled throughout the United States as well as overseas.

In 1998, he joined the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City where he performed Sketch and Improvisation with Respecto Montalban, winners of the 2003 ECNY Award for "Best Improv Show". The group included such members as Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, Jack McBrayer and Dannah Feinglass. They performed their unique brand of long form improvisation to sold out crowds every Saturday night for over five years and collaborated with Adam McKay (director/writer of Anchorman) on a political sketch comedy show called "George Bush is a Motherfucker".

In 2002, Scheer created and starred in "Automatic Vaudeville" at the Ars Nova Theater, which the Hollywood Reporter called "one of the top five shows in the country."

Scheer moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and is a regular performer at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles (UCBTLA). He performs an improvised show based on audience member's Facebook profiles called FACEBOOK. The show was named the "Best Improv Show" by Los Angeles Magazine and has been profiled on Good Morning America. Cast members include Rob Riggle and Rob Huebel.

Scheer co-hosts Crash Test with Human Giant alumnus Rob Huebel. Los Angeles Magazine called the show "Extremely Funny...Several thumbs up" and MetroMix said "Sketch Comedy doesn't get much funnier." He also occasionally performs in a two person improv show, Scheer/McBrayer with Jack McBrayer, his 30 Rock nemesis.

In 2010, Scheer organized a charity event with Ben Stiller called A Night of 140 Tweets in which he got 140 comedians to appear on stage at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles, each of them reading a single tweet. Some of the performers included Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Aziz Ansari, the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dane Cook, Wilmer Valderrama, John Cho, Mindy Kaling, Sasha Grey, and more. The event released as a charity DVD and online download raised over $500,000 of dollars for Haiti.

Television[edit]

The League[edit]

The League is a sitcom, which premiered on FX on October 29, 2009. The series is a semi-scripted comedy from Jeff and Jackie Marcus Schaffer about a group of friends in a fantasy football league. Currently in its fifth season, Scheer has co-scripted a handful of episodes: "The Anniversary Party", "Expert Witness", "Sober Buddy", and "Tailgate" with co-star Nick Kroll. Scheer plays Dr. Andre Nowzick, a rich plastic surgeon whose naivete makes him the brunt of many jokes.

Human Giant[edit]

Human Giant's Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Jason Woliner & Paul Scheer in May 2007

Around the summer of 2005, Scheer began collaborating with fellow comedians Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari as well as director Jason Woliner to make short films. The first video created by the group was '"Shutterbug", about Huebel and Ansari as cut-throat child talent agents. This was followed by the sketch "Illusionators", which starred Ansari and Scheer as Criss Angel-style goth magicians. In mid-2006, MTV gave the green-light for a sketch series from the group, called Human Giant, which debuted April 5, 2007.

NTSF:SD:SUV::[edit]

NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a live action 15 minute action television show parody, which premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on July 21, 2011 for a 12 episode order. The series was created by Scheer, who also serves as executive producer, writer, director and star. It is produced by Abominable Pictures, Inc. and Scheer's 2nd Man on the Moon Productions.

Yo Gabba Gabba[edit]

Paul Scheer and Jack McBrayer made semi-regular appearances on the Nick Jr. series Yo Gabba Gabba!, during a segment called "Knock Knock Joke of the Day". Scheer and McBrayer were featured as themselves in the Yo Gabba Gabba! comic book, and made appearances on the Yo Gabba Gabba! live tour. In 2012, Scheer appeared as a villainous Cowboy Android in an episode of The Aquabats! Super Show!, another series from the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba!.

Recognitions and other projects[edit]

In 2006, Variety named Scheer one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" and AP Magazine hailed him as one of their favorite comedians. Scheer, being a centerpiece of comedy in Los Angeles, has been documented by Splitsider, New York Magazine and TV Blogster.

How Did This Get Made? is a podcast on Earwolf hosted by Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Each episode has a celebrity guest/comedian and features the deconstruction and mockery of terrible films. In 2011, iTunes selected How Did this Get Made as its favorite comedy podcast of the year. In 2012, LA Weekly named the show "The Best Comedy Podcast." Guests have included Kevin Smith, Damon Lindelof, "Weird" Al Yankovic, Danny Trejo, Vanilla Ice, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Rob Huebel, Doug Benson, Brian Taylor (director of Crank and Crank: High Voltage, Lexi Alexander (director of Punisher: War Zone) and Greg Sestero (producer/co-star of The Room).

In 2013, upon the return of The Arsenio Hall Show, Scheer launched a web series called The ArScheerio Paul Show. In each episode, Scheer re-creates interviews from Arsenio Hall's original show, including the famous Bill Clinton episode, with Will Arnett playing Clinton. Scheer sports a comically enlarged flat-top haircut to resemble Hall.[4]

Scheer and Jonathan Stern are executive producers on the upcoming Hulu comedy series The Hotwives of Orlando, premiering on July 15, 2014. Scheer also co-stars in the series.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Scheer - About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ Westhoff, Ben (2013-10-03). "Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael: Comedians Who Bond Over Terrible Hollywood Movies | Public Spectacle | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". Blogs.laweekly.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ Webber, Stephanie (2014-05-14). "June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer Welcome First Child, Baby Boy". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ "rsenio 2.0: Coming back to late-night TV". Ocregister.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 

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