NEW YORK, April 3, 2012 – Paul F. Tompkins returns to COMEDY CENTRAL in the world premiere of his original one-hour stand-up special, “Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions,” debuting Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Before achieving success as a comedian, actor, and writer, Tompkins toiled in the ranks of the common working man, and he shares some of his incredible experiences in this all-new special. Using his trademark storytelling style, Tompkins recounts his stint as a disgruntled hat salesman, his evolution into a sticky-fingered video store clerk, and how hosting VH1’s “Best Week Ever” led to inadvertently donning women’s undergarments. With his fist raised high, Tompkins delivers a rousing hour of comedy to a raucous audience at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.
The “Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions” extended and uncensored DVD with 30 minutes of material not seen in broadcast will be released on April 24 by COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment. The bonus features include: “Director’s Commentary by a Director,” a series of musings on the full special from Tompkins, impersonating a famous director; an additional 16 minutes of show in the form of “Danny Boy Encore;” and “The Pod F. Tompkast: Episode 16 – Behind the Scenes,” featuring insights into the voicing of The Great Undiscovered Project: Part 16 and podcast guest Gillian Jacobs.
The extended and uncensored version of “Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions” will be available for download on April 24 on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Samsung Media Hub and in HD exclusively on Xbox LIVE and Sony PlayStation Network.
Leading up to the on-air premiere, COMEDY CENTRAL Stand-Up will feature preview clips from the special, as well as exclusive content from the DVD release.
Tompkins’ first hour-long COMEDY CENTRAL special, “You Should Have Told Me,” debuted in 2010 and is currently available on DVD. He has been featured on the network’s series “Key and Peele,” “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Live At Gotham,” “COMEDY CENTRAL Presents,” “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil,” “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “Reel Comedy.” In addition, he has been seen on “Up All Night,” “Community,” and “Weeds,” and was the host of VH1’s “Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins.” Tompkins received an Emmy® nomination for his work on HBO’s “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” and his latest CD “Freak Wharf” went immediately to the top of the iTunes comedy charts.
Tompkins is also an internationally touring comedian featured regularly at prestigious comedy festivals. His groundbreaking “Tompkins 300″ tour originated in 2009 from a grass-roots campaign on Facebook and brought him to various cities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2010, Paul launched “The Pod F. Tompkast,” which Rolling Stone named the best podcast on its “10 Best Comedy Podcasts” list. Tompkins presents his monthly live variety event, “The Paul F. Tompkins Show,” to sold-out audiences at Largo in Hollywood and also performs monthly at the “Dead Authors” show at UCB Theater in Los Angeles in support of the nonprofit organization 826LA.
“Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions” is executive produced by Tompkins, David Martin and Neal Marshall and directed by Marcus Raboy. Jonas Larsen and Toni Magon are the Executives in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
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