“It’s all stories from my life,” Paul F. Tompkins says of his stand up special Crying and Driving, airing Saturday, October 10 on Comedy Central. “Stories about my marriage to my lovely wife and about learning how to drive at an advanced age.” He covers everything from an illuminating trip to The Magic Castle to the time he experienced an uncontrollable bout of “scream weeping.”
While Tompkins is no stranger to the stage, this show, filmed at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, is an example of his evolving comedic style. “It’s gone from more high-concept, absurd premises to a more personal style of storytelling,” Tompkins says. And that’s just his stand-up. Tompkins seems to have a foot in every comedic camp these days. He has lent his voice to Mr. Peanutbutter on the Netflix series BoJack Horseman for two seasons and he hosts the talk show, “No, You Shut Up!” on Fusion. Tompkins has also explored the world of podcasting, appearing on shows including Comedy Bang Bang and WTF with Marc Maron and hosting several of his own (Pod F. Tomkast, The Dead Authors Podcast). “It’s theatre of the mind,” he says. “There are absolutely no limits with podcasting because you can do anything you want.” Tompkins now hosts of the improv-based podcast SPONTANEANATION, which consists of a monologue, an interview, and a narrative sketch all made up by Tompkins and his guests on the fly.
Get a sneak peek of Crying and Driving below before catching the full shebang on Saturday.
Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving airs Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11:00 pm on Comedy Central.