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.
He recorded two half-hour specials for the Comedy Central Presents TV series, one in 2003 and another in 2007.
Tompkins appeared as a featured player on Mr. Show with Bob and David, and served as a staff writer for the show's second and third seasons. He also appeared in several episodes of the short-lived Tenacious D TV series, and appeared in the 2006 Tenacious D motion picture. In the first season of Real Time with Bill Maher, Tompkins had his own segment.
He is currently featured as a commentator on VH1's Best Week Ever and is a frequent guest on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
His first stand-up comedy album, Impersonal, was released in 2007 on AST Records. In the liner notes, Tompkins explains that the jokes on the CD are his older, less personal material.
His sophomore release, Freak Wharf, was released December 1st, 2009 on A Special Thing Records.
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