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16 Interesting Secrets Of Paul Provenza

1. Paul Provenza is a television presenter and actor, actor on stage, radio panelist, stand-up comedian, filmmaker, and skeptic based in Los Angeles. He has appeared on several podcasts and in recent years has interviewed other stand-up comedians.

2. In 2005 he became a director, in 2010 an author and in 2011 he started producing for comedy festivals and television.

3. Provenza was born and grew up in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx, New York City, and graduated in 1975 from the Bronx High School of Science.

4. In high school, he started performing stand-up comedy, making his stage debut at age 17 at the original The Improv in Manhattan.

5. While at RADA, he joined a classical repertory theater group, becoming one of few Americans to perform the role of Romeo on the London stage. He graduated in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania, the year it awarded its first Theatre Arts degree.

6. At Penn, he wrote for the Pennsylvania Punch Bowl and was a cast member of the Mask and Wig Club, where he has returned numerous times to perform in the annual Intercollegiate Comedy Festival.

7. While working as a standup comedian, Provenza also found work in both theatre and television, appearing on TV shows including Northern Exposure and Empty Nest. He was the stand-up comedian opening act for Diana Ross for three years or more.

8. He was honored with a caricature by the legendary Al Hirschfeld.

9. After decades as a stand-up comic and actor, Provenza found a new calling as an interviewer of other stand-ups, culminating in his 2005 directorial debut, The Aristocrats .

10. At the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Provenza held a nightly show at the Underbelly, Talk of the Fest.

11. Held at 11pm each night of the festival, the set up was described by Provenza as that of a “green room for the whole festival”.

12. Guests included Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park.

13. The show was reprised by Provenza at the 2007 Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, where guests included Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, and members of The Kids in the Hall.

14. In 2010, Showtime picked up the show and on June 12, 2010, The Green Room with Paul Provenza debuted with many of the same festival guest line-ups.

15. In 2011, Provenza began developing a new show called Set List – Stand-Up Without A Net.

16. The show was originally devised by Troy Conrad and features stand-up comedians who are made to improvise their sets based on suggestions they receive.

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