He’s a comedian who had his fair share of laughs in the bright lights, big city, and the land of the stars. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs while getting to know comedian Paul Schissler. The New York City native shares with us some of his favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how he owns the laughs.
Name: Paul Schissler
Hometown: NYC/Los Angeles, CA
Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat/Tik-Tok: @paulschissler @paulyboycomedy
Years in Comedy: 8 years
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: Steve Harvey Show
Comedic Influences: Jim Carrey, Jim Gaffigan, & Brian Regan
Favorite Comedy Album: Brian Regan “Standing Up”
Favorite Comedy Special: Rory Scovel Tries Standup For The First Time
Favorite Comedy Movie: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Favorite Comedy TV Show: Pen15
Favorite Comedic Character: Every character from Tim Robinson
Favorite City to Perform In: NYC
Favorite Topics to Joke About: Being a dad
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: A generous one
Favorite Comedy Club: Gotham Comedy Club (NYC)
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
I’ve always been the one to make my family laugh. That’s where it grew.
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
I was both terrified and hooked at the same time. Also, I sucked.
How would you describe your comedic style:
The edgiest family-friendly comedy you can get.
Describe your process for comedic writing:
Experience something in life, write a joke about it. Joke bombs. Re-write. Repeat this process 1,286 times until it becomes a good joke.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
Lots of outdoor comedy.
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Building a following to be able to tour.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
Emma Willmann and Chloe Hilliard
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
Recording my album.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
I’ve learned that I’m really good at failing in comedy.
How do people react towards you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
Like I have a superpower.
Describe what it’s been like building a career in stand-up comedy:
It’s the most impossible rollercoaster love story that I’ll always love.
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
#1 Change: Get Paul Schissler on TV. Also, more opportunities for non-famous comedians.
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
From David Brenner, “Don’t worry about impressing the crowd. You have the gift. They’re here to see you.”
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
“Why Does My Son Keep Pissing The Bed?”
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
I was in costume promoting the movie “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs” at a theater and Bill Hader (who voiced the character I was wearing) was there to promote. He looked at me and with a face that said “I feel your pain”, said, “Welp” and then laughed awkwardly.
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
A Paul Schissler Fun Fact:
I’m one of those sick people who likes waking up early.
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
More shows, bigger audiences, and acting gigs.
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
Trust your gut and do what makes you laugh.
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
I have no idea. I hope it’s not all just destined for social media.
If you could write one episode for one classic TV sitcom which show would it be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
Seinfeld: Kramer becomes a viral TikTok star and tries to start stand-up with Jerry.
If you could choose 1 comedy club and 3 comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
We would each do 20-minute sets and then eat some cheeseburgers after the show.
What’s next for you:
TV shows and movies!
Why should a person always laugh at life:
It’s the best way to heal from painful times and not take yourself too seriously.
Watch Paul Schissler at Stand Up NY: