Paul Tylak was born to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father, and grew up between Ireland and England. He attended the now closed De Burgh School in Tadworth, Surrey. He has lived in Tallaght since 2002, and has two children Reuben and Calvin.
Like many Irish comedians of his generation, Paul Tylak got his first TV break on the RTÉ show Nighthawks in the late 1980s. Tylak has since contributed to the writing of the RTÉ sketch comedy series Stew (2004-2005), which won Best Entertainment Series at the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2005 and at the Celtic Film & Television Festival in 2006, and to This Is Ireland, a comedy sketch series about Ireland made for the BBC in 2004.
Tylak wrote and co-starred in two radio shows, Hi, We're the Nualas on RTÉ, and The O'Show on BBC.
Tylak has appeared in a number of Irish and British TV productions. In 1997, he appeared with Joe Rooney in Messers [sic] Tylak and Rooney, a twelve-episode TV3 comedy travel series. In 2001, he appeared in the RTÉ soap opera Fair City, playing Ashti, a Kurdish refugee. As Tylak's father is Sri Lankan and his mother is Irish, he saw the role as an opportunity to challenge racial prejudices in Ireland. In 2004–2005, Tylak played various characters in Stew, the RTÉ comedy sketch series which he wrote with Paul Woodfull. Tylak has also appeared as Dr. Rashid in the children's show Roy set in Ballyfermot with an animated central character.
Tylak is also a voice actor, having voiced Panda and Rabbit in Skunk Fu! (2007-08), Lovely Carrot, a security blanket in Chloe's Closet (2011); GIL on Planet Cosmo (2013); and Pek on Zig and Zag (2016). In 2009, Tylak joined the cast of Ballybraddan, an animated children's television programme on RTÉ which focuses on hurling. Tylak voices 'The Bantor', who is manager of the local hurling team. In 2020, he appeared in Van der valk season 1 episode 2, with lead actor Mark Warren.
- Friends For Life – Joe Rooney and Paul Tylak Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Sunday Tribune, 2 April 2006
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- Review of Stew, Village Magazine, 22 December 2005
- Review of Stew Archived 22 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine Emmanuel Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 10 Oct 2004
- Review of This is Ireland Archived 28 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine Mark Lewisohn, BBC Guide to Comedy, 2004
- I hope my Fair City Character will Open People's Minds Deirdre O'Donovan, Sunday Mirror, 22 April 2001
- Review of Dublin Comedy Improv Dublinks.Com, May 2006
- Hurl at Irish Playography.Com Archived 1 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine
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