Paul Scheer

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Paul Scheer
Paul Scheer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Scheer at the 2012 Comic-Con
Born Paul Christian Scheer
(1976-01-31) January 31, 1976 (age 39)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) June Diane Raphael (m. 2009)
Children 1

Paul Christian Scheer (born January 31, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and podcaster.[1]

Scheer currently stars on the FX series The League, the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, and Hulu comedy series The Hotwives, which he also executive produces. His recent project Crash Test was a fully improvised comedy special on a moving bus that was released exclusively on Vimeo and starred Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Corddry, Earl Sweatshirt, Jack McBrayer and more. His recent films include supporting roles in upcoming Nicolas Cage film "Army of One", "Opening Night", Daddy's Home, and Hell & Back. He starred in two web series web series for JASH Scheer-RL which recreated classic moments from MTV's TRL and The Arscheerio Paul Show, which recreated 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 his wife June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Scheer also hosted the absurdist podcast mini-series The Sylvester Stallone Podcast, which Stallone never appeared on. In 2014, Scheer co-founded the Wolfpop podcast network which is a sister network to Earwolf.

Scheer has made appearances on comedy programs such as Adventure Time, Kroll Show, Drunk History, Burning Love, 30 Rock, Best Week Ever, Childrens Hospital, Funny or Die Presents, Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation, and Yo Gabba Gabba. Scheer has been in the films Clear History, Ass Backwards, Hell Baby, 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, as well as the Adult Swim comedy-action-parody series NTSF:SD:SUV::.

Early 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.


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 Theatre 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 Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, Jack McBrayer and Dannah Feinglass. They performed their brand of long form improvisation to sold out crowds every Saturday night for over five years and collaborated with Adam McKay 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 members' 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 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. He recently released his first comedy special based on this show.

In 2010, Scheer organized a charity event with Ben Stiller called A Night of 140 Tweets in which he got 140 comedians and actors to appear on stage at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles, each of them reading a single tweet. 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, and Sasha Grey. The event, released as a charity DVD and online download, raised over $500,000 of dollars for Haiti.


Human Giant[edit]

Human Giant‍ '​s Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Jason Woliner and 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.

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 seventh 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 butt of many jokes.


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 Alternative Press hailed him as one of their favorite comedians.

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 Cordrey, Rob Huebel, Doug Benson, Brian Taylor, Lexi Alexander and Greg Sestero.

In 2013, upon the return of The Arsenio Hall Show, Scheer launched a web series for JASH 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.[2]

Scheer wrote Deadpool Bi-Annual #1 with Nick Giovannetti, which was released by Marvel Comics in September 2014.[3]

In 2015, Scheer launched a follow up web series, ScheeRL, which recreates interviews from MTV's Total Request Live hosted by Carson Daly, with Scheer playing the role of Daly and various comedians playing the musician guests.

Scheer and Jonathan Stern are executive producers on the Hulu comedy series The Hotwives, currently in production for season two. Scheer also co-stars in the series.

Personal life[edit]

Scheer 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.[4] Their son, August "Gus" Scheer, was born on April 30, 2014.[5]

In September 2015 Scheer said he practices Transcendental Meditation to calm down and be more creative.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 School for Scoundrels Little Pete
2007 Watching the Detectives Annoying Customer
Slice Tucker Taylor Short Film
2008 The Onion Movie Bates Computer Salesman Dirk
Meet Dave Lieutenant Kneecap
2009 Bride Wars Ricky Coo
The Smallest Co%k in Porn Ryan French Video Short
Year One Bricklayer
2010 Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Club MC Video Short
Piranha 3D Andrew
2011 The Valet The Valet Video Short
2012 Piranha 3DD Andrew
2013 Hell Baby Ron
Ass Backwards Strip Club Owner
Escape from Planet Earth Cameraman Voice
Rapture-Palooza Security Wraith
OJ: The Musical Dr. Love
2014 Jason Nash Is Married Bill Morrison
Repeat Stuff Agent Video Short
2015 Hell & Back Paul the Demon Voice, post-production
2016 Daddy's Home The Whip Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Multiple Roles 6 episodes
2001 Burly TV Various 1 episode
2004 Crossballs: The Debate Show Additional Characters
2005–2007 Shutterbugs Sugarplums Agent / Nasim 4 episodes
2006 Starveillance Ashton Kutcher Pilot episode
2007 Raines Motel Clerk Pilot episode
2007–2008 Human Giant Paul / Various 21 episodes
30 Rock Donny Lawson 2 episodes
2008 10 Items or Less Francis 1 episode
2009 Reno 911! Various 3 episodes
Parks and Recreation Keef Slertner 1 episode
2009–2015 The League Andre 84 episodes
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Producer 1 episode
Players Tony Maroni 1 episode
Party Down Joel Munt 1 episode
Pretend Time Dr. Bruce 1 episode
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Barry / Lionel 6 episodes
2010–2015 Childrens Hospital Sir Tinkle Button 3 episodes
2011 Traffic Light Glenn G. 1 episode
The Problem Solverz Tony Marv 1 episode
2011–2012 Happy Endings Avi 2 episodes
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Trent Hauser 39 episodes
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Mitch 1 episode
The Aquabats! Super Show! The Cowboy Android Sheriff 1 episode
Bob's Burgers Larry 1 episode
Electric City Walter LaFong 21 episodes
Modern Family Store Manager Episode: "When a Tree Falls"
Tron: Uprising Hopper 5 episodes
2012–2013 Burning Love Robby Z / Kip 8 episodes
The Greatest Event in Television History Trace Goron / Protester 3 episodes
2012–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 3 episodes
2013 Whitney Phillip 1 episode
The ArScheerio Paul Show ArScheerio Paul 9 episodes
The Arsenio Hall Show ArScheerio Paul 1 episode
Clear History Dinner Friend TV movie
2013–2015 Adventure Time Toronto / Bath Boy Gang Leader 3 episodes
2014 Next Time on Lonny Gun Store Clerk 1 episode
The Hotwives of Orlando Matty Green 7 episodes
Gravity Falls Gary 1 episode
The Birthday Boys Mayor 1 episode
2014–2015 Drunk History Colonel Henry Ludington/Carl Sagan 2 episodes
2015 Kroll Show Marc XYZ 1 episode
Fresh Off the Boat Mitch 9 episodes
Scheer-RL Carson Daly 7 episodes
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Dave 2 episodes
The Hotwives of Las Vegas Vance Storm / Matty Green 7 episodes
Crash Test: With Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer Paul TV movie, also writer and producer


  1. ^ "Paul Scheer - About This Person - Movies & TV -". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ "rsenio 2.0: Coming back to late-night TV". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
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  4. ^ 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". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  5. ^ Webber, Stephanie (2014-05-14). "June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer Welcome First Child, Baby Boy". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  6. ^ Nazarali, Rosemina (10 September 2015). "Actor Paul Scheer Shares His Daily Routine". Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015. I also do some TM (transcendental meditation) and I feel like that centers me in a good way to be open to new stuff or at least calm the other parts of my mind down. 

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