Reiser, "akytor," (actor), comedian, "mekhaber" (author),
screenwriter, and musician, was born on March 30, 1957 in New York City.
Reiser is the son of Helen, a homemaker, and Sam Reiser, a wholesale health food
Reiser attended the East Side Hebrew Institute on the Lower East Side of
"mitlshul" (high school)
Reiser graduated from Stuyvesant High School in NAY'S.
Reiser earned his bachelor's degree at Binghamton University, where he majored
in music ("pyane")--piano-- composition.
"oyftretn" (to perform/act)
Reiser eventually found his calling when he performed in N.Y.C. comedy clubs
during university "zumer" (summer) breaks.
Reiser plays a mean Rachmaninoff.
Reiser married Paula Ravets on Aug. 21, 1988. They have two children: Ezra
Samuel and Leon. His wife is a psychologist.
For his work in the TV show, "Mad About You," he and Helen Hunt were paid $1
million per episode.
"faykht" (moist) and "trukn" (dry)
When people asked Reiser the difference between couple hood and babyhood, he
replied with one word: Moisture. "Everything in my life is now more moist.
Between your spittle, your diapers, your spit-up and drool, you got your baby
food, your wipes, your formula, your leaky bottles, sweaty baby backs, and
numerous other untraceable sources--all creating an ever-present moistness in my
life, which heretofore was mainly dry."
Reiser wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical "komedye" series,
"The Paul Reiser Show. It was a midseason replacement during the 2010-11
television "sezon.' He said, "This is nice, because you get to sit around
and root for other shows to fail ("durkhfaln")." Due to low ratings,
Reiser's own show was cancelled after two episodes.
"I always loved comedy, but I never knew it was something you could learn to do.
I always thought that some people are born comedians--just like some people are
"There's something that happens in that delivery room, when a woman becomes ten
times more a woman, and a guy becomes six times less a man. You feel really
dopey and useless and like a spectator. I did, anyway."
"They're not the sharpest people - babies. So, you must be everything to them."
"gedenken" (to remember)
"I remember my wife and I used to get on a plane and see everybody else with
their babies. They'd be putting strollers and car seats up above, and we'd
think: Oh, please Lord, don't make us go through that."
Reiser played a detective in the 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop."
The name of Reiser's production company, "Nuance Productions," comes from one of
his lines in the film, "Diner," explaining his discomfort with the word nuance.
Reiser is 5' 10" tall.
"Guys need a little help in knowing how to care for a kid. It's not that I
think: Gee, parenting is beneath me. It's just that I wouldn't think of it."
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