#25 'Paul F. Tompkins, The Mayor of Podcastland'  

Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins joins Brittany to discuss his prolific podcasting career. Also, Paul explains why he loves playing characters and hates "lazy comedy."

**Warning, this episode contains adult language**

Episode #25 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website for links to all episodes):

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 303: Puttering Around"

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 31: Happy Black Friday"

Ice-T: Final Level, "Episode 2: Coco's Butt, the Secret to Success & Advice for Bieber"

Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 91: Garry Marshall Presents"

Spontaneanation, "Episode 0: Paul F. Tompkins Presents Spontaneanation"

Spontaneanation, "Episode 68: Paris with Nathan Lee Graham"

Mental Illness Happy Hour, "Episode 34: Paul F. Tompkins"

The Facts:

This episode was produced by Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Sarah Abdurrahman, Rose Reid and Brittany Luse.

It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.

Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.

Additional music in the show was by TakStar.

The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Bobby Lord.

Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.

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#160 Tompkins Square Park  

Central Park has frequently been called 'the people's park," but we think Tompkins Square Park may have a better claim to that title.  From its inception, this East Village recreational spot -- named for Vice President Daniel D Tompkins -- has catered to those who might not have felt welcome in other New York parks.

Carved from the marshy area of Peter Stuyvesant's old farm, Tompkins Square immediately reflected the personality of German immigrants who moved here, calling it Der Weisse Garten.  With large immgratns groups came rallies and demands for improved working conditions, leading to more than a number of altercations with the police in the 19th century.

Progressives introduced playgrounds here, and Robert Moses changed the very shape of Tompkins Square.  But the most radical transformation here took place starting in the late 1950s, with the introduction of 'hippie' culture and infusion of youth and music. By the 1980s, the park became known not only for embodying the spirit of the East Village through punk music and drag shows, but also as a haven for the homeless.  Clashes with police echoed the altercation that happened here one century before.  The park still maintains a curfew left over from the strife of the late 1980s.

FEATURING:  Lillian Wald, the Grateful Dead, Charlie Parker, Lady Bunny ... and Chevy Chase? 

70 Aimee Mann,Jon Wurster,Ted Leo,Paul F. Tompkins,  

They say all musicians secretly want to be comedians, but today's guests do not seem to keep any secret of their comedic leanings. Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, and Jon Wurster all have serious comedy cred, between touring with Paul F. Tompkins, making music videos with Paul F. Tompkins, and performing on radio shows with Paul F. Tompkins. Speaking of Paul F. Tompkins, artist Mr. Brainwash makes his first appearance to discuss making art (and science) for the people. Listen to musicians doing what they do best (critiquing music), and what they do worst (short-form improv), and french artists doing what they do best (pronouncing the word "mustard") and what they do worst (pronouncing the word "mustard").

Arthur 010  

It's sherry time! In this episode of Arthur - the big 10! - it's back to the Skype machine for a nice conversation with funnyman Paul F. Tompkins. We talk about his new standup special Laboring Under Delusions, what it's like being a guest on lots and lots of podcasts, the difference between standup and sketch, working on Mr. Show, how social media is really cool!, and other stuff. Paul is one of the funniest guys around, and if you're not familiar with his work, what is wrong with you and frankly how have you found this podcast without knowing about it.

Small audio disclaimer: I have a new mic and a new mixer board, and I don't really know how to use them yet, so my audio sounds slightly off. Also, Skype decided to mess with the quality of Paul's voice towards the end of our conversation. I don't know why. But it's not that bad, honestly.

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Paul's new comedy special, Laboring Under Delusions, is available on DVD and on iTunes. If you have Comedy Central you can also watch it there. Buy Paul's albums Impersonal and Freak Wharf from AST Records. Listen to Paul's podcast, The Pod F. Tompkast. Follow Paul on twitter and tumblr

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TDF Ep 5 - Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins  

Paul F. Tompkins is a great stand up comic and actor and OBVIOUS accessory dork. As long as I've known him, he has always been a snappy dresser. I thought his wife was a "magic dork" but we will find out - because, Paul's wife, an actress and lovely human being herself, Janie Haddad (Tompkins for family purposes) has a love of the unknown perk. A perk you didn't know was there... hence her love of LA's Magic Castle and other restaurants and bars and venues that are little known gems out in the world. We talk of these things... and fashion. It's a good one - enjoy. Credits:Mike Ruekberg  did the intro and outro music (that Mexican Hat Dance just makes me happy to listen to, so I'm closing the show with it for now). Patrick Brady, friend of comedy and TDF knows how to use audio software and fixed the audio. I'm hoping to learn how to do it myself, but he said he LIKES doing it. So thank you and FUN!

38 Paul F. Tompkins,Kaitlin Olson,Matt Gourley,Jeremy Carter,Mark McConville  

While it is impossible to replace Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins does a better job than any. On this episode he does the whole Paul-F-Tompkins-thing until his grandma's get there to teach us a little bit about Paul's upbringing. Paul also brings on his friend from the highly underrated (in this nerds opinion) show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Kaitlin Olson, who teaches us a bit about working with a depressed alcoholic version of the Gentleman Tompkins.

34. Paul F. Tompkins (Comedian) – A Tiny, Cosmic Threat  

Shockingly well-dressed comedian Paul F. Tompkins, host of Spontaneanation and the television show No, You Shut Up! joins host Jason Gots for improvised singing and conversation on subjects ranging from supervillains to presidential debates.

Also! We debut our amazing new theme song from the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.

IWTT Classic: There Will Be Blood with Paul F. Tompkins  

Matt Gourley digs back into the classic I Was There Too vault to bring out the very first episode with the King of Podcasting Paul F. Tompkins. Paul F. Tompkins joins Matt to discuss his role as Mr. Prescott in the film There Will Be Blood. Paul tells us how he got to know Paul Thomas Anderson through the Largo comedy scene and about the strange noises Daniel Day-Lewis makes in between takes. Plus, Matt talks about the people who were originally cast in There Will Be Blood in a segment called I Wasn’t There Too.

75: The Great Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster and Rhett Miller: Too Much For Radio  

We had such a great time taping our show with Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Weird Al Yankovic, and Rhett Miller that we lost track of ourselves and made way too much material for the radio. So we are sharing this bonus material as an extra TOO MUCH FOR RADIO episode. Hear Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster battle Rhett Miller for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s affection. Check out the new #1 single, Guacamole Heart. And swoon to Rhett’s croons.

EXTRASODE: A Phone Call For Mr. Tompkins  

From The Paul F. Tompkins Show 10th Anniversary Special: "A Phone Call For Mr. Tompkins," featuring Brian Whalen.

Paul F. Tompkins - Part 2  

Oh hi! It's part two of the special two-parts-in-one-week episode of ARIYNBF featuring your and my favorite Paul F. Tompkins! (Those other Paul F. Tompkins don't even compare.)

Douglas Tompkins - Ein Millionär kauft Natur  

Von Karl-Ludolf Hübener. SWR2 Wissen vom 23.04.2012. | Von Karl-Ludolf Hübener. SWR2 Wissen vom 23.04.2012. Die einen halten ihn für einen Strohmann Washingtons, das hinter kostbarem Süßwasser her sei, andere preisen ihn als Wohltäter der Natur. Beseelt von der "tiefen Ökologie" hat der ehemalige Hippie und nordamerikanische Multimillionär Douglas Tompkins die Dollars aus dem Verkauf seines nordamerikanischen Textilkonzerns "Esprit" in ein Projekt gesteckt, das gemäßigte Regenwälder im Süden Chiles schützt. Im Naturreservat "Parque Pumalin" breiten sich artenreiche Urwälder mit tausendjährigen Alerce-Bäumen aus, vor dem Hintergrund von schneebedeckten Vulkanen, Gletschern und tief in die Berge geschnittenen Fjorden. Tompkins bewahrte das Gebiet vor einem Schicksal, das schon vielen Wäldern Chiles widerfahren ist: Abholzen und stattdessen Baumplantagen anlegen. Kein Wunder, dass Holzkonzerne nicht gerade zu seinen Freunden zählen.

Episode 37 the Return of Paul F Tompkins  

Paul F Tompkins returns! Jimmy's the leader. Twitter is explained to Jimmy. We wonder if it's OK for your therapist to fall asleep... In the middle of your session. Todd also begs for an intern. Don't miss Best Week Ever with Paul F Tompkins returning Friday April 10th on VH1.

Best Show Bests #69 - Matthew Tompkins Talks About Some New Shows on the Shout! Network  

New to the Best Show? Check out Best Show Bests, the greatest hits of The Best Show! In this episode, Matthew Tompkins talks about some new shows on the Shout! Network.

489 Kulap Vilaysack, Paul F. Tompkins, Tim Baltz, Dan Ahdoot, Mandell Maughan, Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, Drew Tarver  

The cast and crew of Seeso’s Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ returns on this week’s Comedy Bang! Bang! Kulap Vilaysack, Paul F. Tompkins, Dan Ahdoot, Drew Tarver, Mandell Maughan, Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, and Tim Baltz are in the studio ready to give listeners the elevator pitch of the show and talk about what to look for in the new season. Plus, Orph Bergentrack and The Bergentrack Family Familial Band stop by to sing some songs!This episode is brought to you by I’m Dying Up Here on Showtime, ( code: BANGBANG), Lyft (, and ZipRecruiter (

Episode 2015 - Paul F. Tompkins  

Romancing the bean with Paul F. Tompkins.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon ( code: PARDO) and Bombfell (


An amazing Best Show! Phones ring on the topic: DUMB THINGS YOU THOUGHT AS A KID! Matthew Tompkins from the Shout Network calls up to talk about the new TV shows on their Spring line-up! Plus, much much more!

293- Paul F. Tompkins  

This week Todd is joined by one of our all-time favorite guests...PAUL F TOMPKINS!

9: Paul F. Tompkins Sees Dead Grass and Has Screwed Up Relationships  

Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins is known for being friendly and delightful both on stage and off. And that's pretty surprising given that he grew up in a home where his parents slept in separate rooms, each likely struggling with undiagnosed and untreated depression, and conflict and anger were all around. Hear how comedy and acting gave him some of the support he craved but couldn't get anywhere else. Hear also how, as is the case with many depressives with complicated childhoods, he struggles to figure out good, healthy ways to spend time with other people and with himself. All this plus tales of Paul's bleak time working in a hat store called Hats in the Belfry.

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, "Still Alive"  

Starring Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars and Mark Gagliardi as Croach the Tracker. Also starring Hal Lublin as the folksy narrator; Paul F. Tompkins as the Gelato Stand; Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm as The Jonathan Coultons; Hal Lublin and Annie Savage as androids; Paul F. Tompkins as Paul's Character and Paul's Other Character; and Autumn Reeser as Virginia West.
Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style. Sparks theme by Eban Schletter.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded November 16, 2016 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

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