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12 Reasons Paul F. Tompkins Should Be Your New Favorite Comedian

If the classy and quick-witted stand-up isn’t already.

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1. He looks good in a suit.


Dressing like a fancy gentleman isn’t a requirement for good comedy, but, like his humor, PFT’s sartorial taste is distinctly high-brow, with a dash of the whimsical.

3. He's a consummate storyteller.

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PFT can hang with the best when it comes to jokes, but he excels at charmingly delivering personal stories.

4. He masterfully combines the silly and smart.

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See also his epic assessments of daylight savings time, Google Voice, and the cake versus pie dilemma.

5. He has a talent for impressions (that diverge wildly and hilariously from their real-life counterparts).

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Comedy podcast nerds may know him from his appearances on Comedy Bang Bang! or his own Pod F. Tompkast as a variety of characters including “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Gary Marshall, Ice-T, Werner Herzog, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

6. His lets his characters take on lives of their own.

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Which is why his Cake Boss can see the future, his Gary Marshall hunts the Loch Ness Monster, and his Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is a time cop.

7. He can play straight man just as easily.

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He amiably hosts the interview series Speakeasy, where he's chatted and had drinks with actors like Aziz Ansari, Michelle Rodriguez, and Bill Hader.

8. He uses sarcasm for good.

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There's plenty of snark to PFT's stand-up, but he balances his smart-ass quality with imaginative writing and an earnestness that invites an audience in.

10. He's charitable.


To raise awareness of youth-oriented reading and tutoring non-profit 826LA (whose storefront is a time travel mart), PFT--in the guise of a time-traveling H.G. Wells--hosts the Dead Authors Podcast, a monthly interview series with comedians playing skewed (and often hastily researched) versions of famous deceased authors. All proceeds of the show go to 826LA.

11. He has a decent set of pipes.

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Some would say his cover of Adele's "Skyfall" is the definitive version.

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