Through the 1990s, the well loved and critically acclaimed comedy TV series Mad About You was a staple in households across the country. This Saturday, July 6, Mad About You fans will have the chance to see one of the stars of that show, Paul Reiser, in a performance at the John M Hall Auditorium in Bay View.
Reiser was born and raised in New York City and became involved in stand-up comedy while studying music at Binghamton University. While performing in New York City comedy clubs, he stumbled upon what would be his future career.
"While I was doing stand-up in New York, I accidently walked into the casting office for the movie Diner," Reiser explained in a telephone interview this week. "This opened a lot of doors and life really began to change for me."
Reiser ended up landing a major role in the film and from there, he began starring in other movies including Beverly Hills Cop (I and II), Alien and several others.
Reiser would become a household name in the 1990s with the advent of the popular comedy series Mad About You, (1992-1999) which he created with Danny Jacobson and starred in with Helen Hunt.
"It was a great experience. I loved everything about it, and the show actually ran parallel to my own life in many ways," Reiser said of the show. "With Mad About You, I created the kind of show that was relatable, one that I would enjoy watching myself."
The show boasted a number of well-known guest stars that would regularly make an appearance. Reiser noted he has felt lucky to work these actors and actresses, including Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, among others.
Of his co-star, Helen Hunt, Reiser noted, "I met Helen through a friend of my wife and she was just a Godsend. I was in the middle of writing the show and thought she'd be really great for the part, and she was. She has great strength, is lovely, funny and emotional. The show was on the air for seven years, and we are both very proud of it."
Reiser is also an author and has published three books, Couplehood, Babyhood and Familyhood. In 2010, he joined singer Julia Fordham for a musical collaboration and the duo produced a CD together. Currently, Reiser has his hands in numerous other projects, including writing and producing for TV shows and spending time with his family. He plans to continue acting and will start shooting for a new film in July.
Reiser recently made the decision to get back involved in stand-up comedy.
"A year ago I just got this urge to do stand-up again, and so I called the local comedy club and told them what I wanted to do. They told me I'd go on at 10 p.m. and I asked, 'At night?!' That seemed late to me, but I guess that's how you know you're getting older," he said with a laugh.
"Anyway, I started doing stand-up again and it felt great. I really hadn't done much stand-up since college, so I had to get in the swing of it again-- kind of like spring training," he continued. "It's a lot of fun and lets me be creative. A lot of the people come to see me because they watched the show and enjoyed it, so when I'm up there, I feel like I'm talking to people who know me; like I'm with family."
Reiser will provide audience members with an evening of laughs during his stand-up show on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. at the John M Hall Auditorium in Bay View. The auditorium is located at 1725 Encampment Avenue. Tickets prices are $25-45 and can be purchased online at http://www.bayviewassociation.org/ or by calling 231-225-8877 or 231-347-4210.