Paul F. Tompkins is from Philadelphia, PA, where he started performing stand-up comedy in 1986. In 1994, he moved to Hollywood, CA, where he met comic actor Jay Johnston, with whom he crafted the live sketch show "The Skates." This led Paul to a stint as a writer and performer on HBO's "Mr. Show with Bob and David" where he was nominated for an Emmy award for writing. Paul also wrote and starred in his own one-man show, "Driven to Drink," for HBO.
In 1999, Paul landed a small role in director Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed film "Magnolia." That same year, Paul F. Tompkins and Jay Johnston reunited to create and perform the science fiction anthology parody "Playground of the Id" at the HBO Workspace. His other acting credits include "Frasier," "The Sketch Show" on Fox, DreamWorks' "Anchorman" and New Line's "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny" movie.
Paul's stand-up has been featured on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Comedy Central Presents" and Paul garnered a WGA nomination for his work as a writer and correspondent on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."