Paul Rust

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Paul Rust
Born Paul Robert Rust
(1981-04-12) April 12, 1981 (age 37)
Le Mars, Iowa, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Lesley Arfin (m. 2015)
Children 1

Paul Robert Rust (born April 12, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Rust was born in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Jeanne and Bob Rust.[1] He was raised Catholic and attended Gehlen Catholic High School. His mother was a teacher at Le Mars Community High School, and his father owned a Western goods and boot-repair shop.[2] He graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2004.[1][3]

In an interview, Rust told Marc Maron that he struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder in his youth.[2]


Rust is best known as a stand-up and sketch comedian at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) in Los Angeles. At UCB, he is currently a member of the sketch comedy groups A Kiss From Daddy and Last Day of School. He has appeared in films such as Inglourious Basterds, Ass Backwards, Freak Dance, Paper Heart and Semi-Pro. He made his most high-profile acting role in the summer of 2009, playing the male lead in the film I Love You, Beth Cooper. Rust has written for television programs such as Human Giant and Moral Orel. Rust and comedian Charlyne Yi formed the band The Glass Beef in 2006. The two appeared together in a video for "Song Away" by Hockey. He is also the lead singer and bass player in the comedy rock trio Don't Stop or We'll Die, with fellow comedians Michael Cassady and the late Harris Wittels.

In November 2010, Rust appeared in the Comedy Central sketch comedy special This Show Will Get You High, created by and starring Matt Besser. He and Paul Reubens co-wrote the Pee-Wee Herman film Pee-wee's Big Holiday, which was released in 2016.[4][5]

Rust appears as a frequent guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, where he is best known for his "New No-Nos" segment.[6] He has written for IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! and also worked as a writer and story editor on the revived for Netflix fourth season of Arrested Development in 2013.

Rust stars in the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix series Love, which premiered in February 2016. Rust co-created the show with his wife Lesley Arfin.

Personal life[edit]

Rust married writer Lesley Arfin in October 2015.[2] In October 2017, they welcomed a daughter, Mary James.[7]



  1. ^ a b Landegent, Magdalene (2009-05-18). "Love and war: Paul Rust on the big screen". Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Episode 795 - Paul Rust / Dax Shepard". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  3. ^ Fett, Jeff (2004-08-04). "Paul Rust fulfills his dream". Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 30, 2010). "Apatow developing Pee-wee Herman pic". Variety. 
  5. ^ Landegent, Magdalene (2009-07-20). "We're behind you, Paul Rust." LeMars Daily Sentinel ( Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  6. ^ Anthony, David, Austin Bernhardt, Trip Cook, et al (2012-12-21). "Everybody Visits Everybody as Podcasters Ring in the Holidays." Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  7. ^ Jen Juneau, "Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin Welcome Daughter Mary James", People, Oct. 17, 2017

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