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Penn Alum Paul Provenza Brings Us Inside the Minds of These Celebrity Comics

Paul Provenza and Satiristas and Green Room

A few years ago, Paul Provenza (C’79, Mask and Wig) showed us an inside peek of the comic world when he had his celebrity comedians deliver their own versions of the world’s dirtiest joke in his film, The Aristocrats.

Starting this week, Paul serves up a lot more “celebrity insider” comedy that you’ll want to check out…


UPenn and Paul Provenza and SatiristasIn his new book, ¡SATIRISTAS!: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians Paul conducts candid interviews with some of the most interesting comic artists who influence and critique American culture.

Everybody weighs in:

  • The most unflinching: Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Lewis Black.
  • The late night commentators: Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson.
  • The veteran greats Randy Newman, Lily Tomlin and Cheech & Chong.
  • The legends: Tom Lehrer, Tommy Smothers, Paul Krassner and Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
  • The household names: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Richard Lewis and Robert Klein.
  • The virtuosos: Paul Mooney, Colin Quinn, Patrice O’Neal, Culture Clash, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk.
  • The film and television icons: Judd Apatow, Mike Nichols, and South Park creators Matt Stone & Trey Parker.
  • The cult favorites: Kids in the Hall, Upright Citizens Brigade, Doug Stanhope, Sandra Bernhard, Dave Atell, Greg Giraldo and Margaret Cho.
  • The provocateurs: Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Penn Jillette and Janeane Garofalo.
  • The literary comics: Andy Borowitz, P.J. O’Rourke and writers from The Onion.

Besides his book, in June, Paul continues interviewing some of the greatest comedians for his new Showtime series, “The Green Room with Paul Provenza”.  The show is a new uncensored, improvisational comedy series which will explore hot topics including politics, racism and the state of comedy today.

Get Paul’s book “¡SATIRISTAS!” HERE

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