The Funny Guy

2011 Interview with Paul Maged covering his entire Comedy Career 

Paul came to NYC from Boston to attend The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. There he met and became friends with Scott Greenwood. The two hit it off instantly and decided to form a comedy team known as Greenwood & Maged. They immediately threw themselves into the fire known as Stand-Up Comedy. Paul wrote the material and they began performing Stand-Up at some of the biggest clubs in Manhattan at the age of 18. Through 8 years they performed at such clubs as The Comic Strip, The Improv, Stand-Up NY, Catch A Rising Star, Dangerfields and many more, touring the Tri-State for several years.

Wanting to create something bigger than Stand-Up, the pair took their comedy in the next natural direction when they wrote, produced, casted, starred in and directed their own sitcom pilot titled, "Two's Comedy".

 

 

 

The Actor

After "Two's Comedy" Paul contracted the acting itch and began searching for not only comedic parts but more serious roles as well. He threw himself into the auditioning process & quickly landed diverse roles ranging from a physical comedy shoe commercial filmed on real ice, to a speaking part on Bill Cosby's 1996 sitcom, "Cosby", to the lead in an Independent Short Film, a romantic comedy called, "Fixing Guy".

Those roles & experience ultimately led to Paul auditioning for Director John-Luke Montias' first feature film, "Bobby G. Can't Swim", a film about a street thug & drug dealer who's looking for that one big score. In the film, Paul plays Mike, a suburban yuppie drug dealer, who sets the lead character, Bobby G, up with his potential big pay day. The film has had a long life; winning several awards at various film festivals, in addition to having a full theatrical release and is currently available on DVD/Blueray from many outlets including Amazon.com.     

The Filmmaker

Paul then joined forces with fellow actor & friend, Tom Berdik. They began developing ideas for a film about two stressed out dudes who are in dire need of an emotional release. After two years of writing & experimental shooting, "Ride The Seal!" was born. "Ride The Seal!" is a short film; a dark comedy, filmed as a mock-documentary. It was accepted into the first festival it was entered in & had it's World Premiere on the big screen at the Loews Theater on 3rd avenue and 11th street in New York City in April of 2004 as part of the NY International Film & Video festival. Below is the Trailer for "Ride The Seal!"

 

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