Top 15 Comedians

Paul Oddo



A lifelong writer, Astoria comedian Paul Oddo didn’t even consider trying comedy until he was 21. However, having cracked up people for years with humorous essays and short stories, one night his friends urged him to adapt his talents to the stage.

“My friends were like you should try doing standup,” he said. “So we went to a comedy show and I saw it all go down and I was like well, this isn’t so far-fetched.”
Soon Oddo began frequenting open mics, taking a unique and decidedly literary approach to developing his first sets.

“I took it from a very nerdy perspective,” he said. “I loved George Carlin, so I basically just watched his acts over and over again, wrote it all out and then tried to replace my words with his sentence structure.”

And while he enjoyed success early on, Oddo said that for years he felt his style was too rigid and rehearsed, until a fellow comic suggested he try improv classes. Oddo soon began traveling to New York City for a week at a time from his hometown of Houston, taking classes at Upright Citizens Brigade, practice that would ultimately help alter his stand-up style and catalyze a new passion for improvisation.

“I found out I really enjoyed doing that so I’ve sort of always done both,” he said. “It really did help my standup, and it’s helped make me who I am.”

Oddo finally made a permanent move to New York City in 2007, developing a career that has included winning the Boston Comedy Festival in 2012 and features at festivals like the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival and SXSW.

And despite his comedic success, Oddo has still maintained his first love of writing, with a new collection of short stories, comedic essays and illustrations soon to be released, along with a new comedy album in the coming months.

“I’ve always wanted to incorporate all those things together and live an artistic life,” he said. “It’s all about creating things and having something to show for my efforts.”

Look for Paul’s new comedy album and book in the coming months, which will be sold together.

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