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Paul Reiser realizes a dream by coming to Kansas City

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Reiser's childhood dream to be a comic took an acting detour through 33 films and 18 television roles that included creating and starring in TV's "Mad About You."

Paul Reiser recalls that as a kid, "I just wanted to be a stand-up." For a short time in college and immediately afterward, he was.

It was an appearance in the 1982 film "Diner" that brought him to the attention of Hollywood.

"One thing led to another, and then when 'Mad About You' started in the early 90s," he said, "I sort of had to put stand-up on hold."

By the time the series ended, Reiser was married with children. So he settled into staying at home with the intention of someday returning to doing live comedy. Reiser started his return a few years ago and then the pandemic sidelined him again.

"I haven't been on stage for about 18 months," he said. That led to the decision to fulfill his dream to play Kansas City and "get these jokes up and running again."

Paul Reiser appears at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 19, and at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, at the Improv Comedy Club, 7260 NW 87th Street (in Zona Rosa), Kanas City, Missouri, 64153. For tickets, to improvekc.com.

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