NYC guy, Paul Hallasy has shaped and built his artistic career through writing, perseverance, grit, networking and reinvention – but especially writing. While some follow Hemingway’s advice of “write drunk, edit sober” Paul takes a different tact of “write early, edit later.” He has learned that it’s vital to get your ideas down on paper when they’re freshest – for him that’s as soon as he wakes up – and worry about culling and editing later. His best advice: Always keep pen & paper nearby and don’t be afraid to write stream of consciousness.
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Live from New York, meet Paul Hallasy! A New York City-based comedian, writer, actor and singer, Paul performs regularly in NYC. and has performed at clubs and colleges across the United States and around the world. A favorite of both gay and straight audiences, he was named one of "7 Funny LGBT Comics You Shouldn't Have Missed" by The Advocate. Paul performed his one-man show, “Take My Job, Please! Confessions of a Stand-up Doorman” (a.k.a. “Doorman Confidential”) at Dixon Place and The Pit Loft in New York City. He’s also the author of a book called New York Trilogy and a blog, The Gay Curmudgeon.
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What’s up with the Gay Curmudgeon? You’re not old enough to be a curmudgeon.
13:03 | Terry-Ann/Paul
The importance of writing in the morning – before you fully wake up! And other writing disciplines.
14:40 | Terry-Ann
Doing the One-Person Show – where do you get the inspiration, drive and discipline to put it all out there?
18:10 | Paul
My journey into comedy – from rubbing elbows and taking bows in the big City, to taking more control of my comedy career through writing.
25:41 | Terry-Ann/Paul
On age-comedy gaps, the fear of getting aged-out and being surprised who your real audience might be.
29:41 | Terry-Ann
What are your career expectations? What constitutes success?
34:05 | Terry-Ann/Paul
OUTTAKE: from Gregory Stock, Ph.D.’s, The Book of Questions 1987 ed. TAZ asks: Would you enjoy spending a month of solitude in a beautiful, natural setting if food and shelter were provided but you would not see another person? Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest, your close friend and as your lover?
Catch Paul on: Gladys Simon Comedy Party | Facebook Live | Wednesdays @8pm ET
Twitter | @PaulHallasy
Venmo | @Paul-Hallasy
TAZ Comedy Hotline: 201-874-5971
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