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Paul F. Tompkins (born September 12, 1968) in (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) started out in stand-up comedy in 1986 at The Comedy Works, Philadelphia, PA, where he was half of a duo with the late Rick Roman. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994.

Tompkins appeared and wrote for The Daily Show in 1998, before Jon Stewart took over as anchor.

In 1998, he created Driven to Drink, a one-man show that aired on HBO.


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  • Laboring Under Delusions is awesome.
  • idk why it took me so long to start listening to all of his stuff but he is one of the funniest dudes around
  • Tompkins pretty much has one of the most well-rounded styles of performance in contemporary stand-up. His delivery is conversational and rhythmic. His impeccably timed emphasis doesn't kill rooms à la Anthony Jeselnik or Mitch Hedberg, but instead grips the audience in an escalatory manner, with waves of novelty instead of full-on, strike-out punchlines. He did stray a bit from his signature style on John Oliver's Stand-Up Comedy Show, but even that ending Bee Fetish joke was delivered with an inimitable facetiousness that propped-up the rest of his jibe-riddled routine. He rules.
  • It's like night and day seeing him on Mr. Show compared to today.
  • What's the biggest number of smashed pennies you've seen at once?
  • He is absolutely brilliant with his impressions on CDR / CBB podcast.
  • Brooklyn show was brilliant-- if you get the chance, see him live!
  • ghost stromboli
  • Yeah, this guy really caught me by surprise. I've seen him on TV a couple times, on dumb VH1 shows, I think. Out of curiosity, checked out his standup, and was beyond pleasantly surprised. Dude is actually incredibly witty, he has a unique style, he's quickly becoming a favorite comedian.
  • just recently saw him at the UCB in Hollywood. Put on a great performance as HG Wells. :D

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