Paul Dinello

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Paul Dinello
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Paul Dinello
Born (1962-11-28) November 28, 1962 (age 54)
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, producer, writer, comedian, director
Children 2

Paul Dinello (born November 28, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and an alumnus of DePaul University, Chicago-based The Second City, Improv Institute, and Annoyance Theatre.[1] He is best known for his role on Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy as Geoffrey Jellineck, the closeted gay art teacher at Flatpoint High, who carries on a not-so-secret relationship with his colleague Chuck Noblet (Stephen Colbert). Currently he is a writer and supervising producer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he has made several on-camera appearances.

In 2003, Dinello co-authored the novel Wigfield with Amy Sedaris and Colbert, which they promoted by creating a traveling play.

Most recently, Dinello has made guest appearances on Colbert's show The Colbert Report as Tad, the building manager. The character is often berated by Colbert, who forces him to do dangerous things. Dinello has made at least five appearances on The Colbert Report, including a tumbling act with Colbert and their Strangers co-star Sedaris in July 2006. After a prolonged absence, Dinello returned as Tad on July 12, 2011 to help Colbert interview activist Dan Savage, in the role of Colbert's "heterosexual accountability-buddy" and potential companion to a gay wedding. They resumed their insinuations of a sexual relationship from Strangers with Candy.[2]

Dinello was also a writer, producer, and director for the Strangers with Candy film, which was released in July 2006.[3] In January 2009, Participant Media announced that it would produce Dinello's next film, Mr. Burnout (about a burned out teacher seeking to rekindle his love of teaching).[4]

He was one of the main cast in the show Exit 57, also starring Sedaris and Colbert. He also appeared as Mr. Rooney in the film Be Kind Rewind, alongside Jack Black and Mos Def.

Dinello directed the Nickelodeon original movie Gym Teacher: The Movie, starring Christopher Meloni and Sedaris.

With Sedaris, Dinello co-authored Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, published in 2010.[5] He can be seen with Sedaris in the "Mummified Hand" episode of the Science Channel show Oddities.

Personal life[edit]

Dinello dated his Strangers with Candy co-star Amy Sedaris for eight years after they met at Second City.

Dinello became a father in 2011 with the birth of his son Giancarlo Francis Dinello.[6] Sedaris is his godmother.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
1995–96 Exit 57 Various Characters 12 episodes
1999–2000 Strangers with Candy Geoffrey Jellineck 29 episodes
2005-2014 The Colbert Report Tad the Building Manager Writer and supervising producer
2005 Strangers with Candy (film) Geoffrey Jellineck Director and writer
2008 Be Kind Rewind Mr. Rooney
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Mr. Tipple Director
2010 Rally to Restore Sanity Writer and consulting producer
2015 Difficult People Paul 1 episode
2015- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Himself Writer and supervising producer

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Paul Dinello Biography". 
  2. ^ Heterosexual Accountability Buddy. Colbert Nation. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  3. ^ Strangers With Candy Movie Reviews, Pictures, Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Graser, Marc. "Warner Bros. Plays Cat-and-Mouse Game." Daily Variety. January 22, 2009.
  5. ^ Biersdorfer, J.D. (3 December 2010). "Holiday Books: Crafts". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Colbert Nation – Sign Off – Formula 401 Rumors
  7. ^ Amy Sedaris August 26, 2013 Late Show with David Letterman on YouTube

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