As creator and executive producer, Paul Reiser stars in his self-titled NBC comedy "The Paul Reiser Show" as himself. It's been a few years since Paul's hit TV series, "Mad About You," went off the air. Since then, he's been enjoying the quiet life at home with his lovely wife and kids, and generally minding his own business, writing and producing television while enjoying life out of the spotlight. Lately, Paul has been thinking that it's time he did something new, but he doesn't know exactly what that should be. For better or worse, he has his friends to help him find the answer.
As a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series "Mad About You," which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, his talents extend into publishing as a best-selling author. His book "Couplehood" sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on The New York Times Best-seller List. The follow-up book "Babyhood" features his humorous trademark take on the adventures of being a first-time father, and also made The New York Times Best-seller List. Reiser's latest work is titled "Familyhood," and is scheduled for publication in May, 2011.
Born and raised in New York City, Reiser went to college at the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in Music - Piano and Composition. He co-wrote "The Final Frontier," the theme song from "Mad About You," with Grammy-winning producer Don Was. It had the distinction of being "a huge hit" on Mars when it was used as a wake-up song for the Mars Pathfinder, Sojourner Rover, in 1996. Most recently, he began co-writing songs with longtime friend, singer/songwriter Julia Fordham, and the result is a ten-song compilation with Fordham on vocals and Reiser on piano. The album, "Unusual Suspects," was released in November, 2010.
Remembered for notable performances in films such as "Diner," "Bye, Bye Love," "The Marrying Man," "Aliens," "One Night at McCool's" and "Beverly Hills Cop" (I and II), Reiser more recently starred in two original movies for Showtime, "Strange Relations," opposite Julie Walters, and Chazz Palminteri's "Men vs. Women," which also featured Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti.
In the fall of 2005, Reiser wrote, produced and starred in the feature film project, "The Thing About My Folks," opposite Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis and Elizabeth Perkins.
Reiser made his theatrical debut in 2003 in Woody Allen's "Writer's Block." The evening of one-act comedies marked Mr. Allen's first time out as a director for the stage.
Reiser and his family live in Los Angeles.