Paul F. Tompkins New Special Premiers Tomorrow and Will Be Absolutely Lovely

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National Treasure Paul F. Tompkins has a new hour special premiering tomorrow, April 21st, at 11:00pm on Comedy Central. The special, which borders on one-man show, is built around stories about specific jobs Tompkins has had and is less about set-ups and punchline. He spoke to this in an interview posted today on the AV Club:

Yeah, the last couple of hours that I’ve done, and the current one I’m working on, have been story-oriented like that, and it’s just really creatively satisfying for me to just go at a different pace and at a different length than just the traditional stand-up that I started out doing. It was kind of a turning point to letting myself be able to do that because there’s a lot of “rules” to how you’re supposed to do it, and you’ve got a lot of unsolicited advice, and then there’s a lot of people that will rail against other types of comedy that they don’t think is true stand-up comedy. Then after a while I just sort of felt like, “Well, maybe what I’m doing is not stand-up comedy anymore. It’s not really a play, but maybe it’s somewhere in between, and it’s just storytelling.” I just think of it now as storytelling.

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