Actor, author and comedian Paul Reiser has been away from stand-up comedy for nearly 20 years.
He tells 'Portland's Afternoon News' he stopped around the time his hit comedy Mad About You debuted, occasionally picking up up an emcee gig for a charity event.
And when the show was over, I was kind of happy to lay low for awhile," says the comedian, who will be performing at the Elsinore Theatre
in Salem on October 10th.
Reiser says one night "I was performing at a charity event and I had such a great time, and such a great audience I asked myself why I wasn't doing this more." So he started from scratch, calling up comedy clubs in LA, and fine tuning his act.
So what's it like to be back on stage twenty years later? "It's great, but it doesn't change, it's as hard and as great and as challenging as it was when I started as a 22 year old" says Reiser. And his favorite part? Interacting with the audience.
"When you make a movie, it can be months or years sometimes before you get reaction, but (with stand up) it's right there. The audience is laughing, you change course accordingly and it's like a high wire act. It's exciting, fun and rewarding."
Reiser still gets asked about his time on 'Mad About You,' and says he's grateful for the seven season he had with co-star Helen Hunt. "I never got to meet my audience and like, oh, you're the people, the man, who watched Mad About You, or bought my books, and inevitably, someone will come over with a story about how this episode really meant something to their marriage. It's really a nice feeling to get out there and (experience) that.