You probably recognize Paul Gilmartin as the co-host of the TBS program Dinner and a Movie. Though he's had that gig since the mid-'90s, he still considers himself primarily a standup comic. "Standup is my first love," he asserts. "I had studied at Second City [in Chicago] and went though their training program before I started doing standup, and that kind of got me comfortable with doing improv. I think that helped me land Dinner and a Movie, which is an improvised show." Lately, Gilmartin has been further developing his Richard Martin character, a fictitious Republican representative. He does the character onstage, but not every city gets to hear the faux politico's musings. "It goes over great," he says. "I was just doing him opening for Janeane Garofalo in San Francisco, and it went great there. Worked great in Seattle, goes great in L.A., but sometimes when I do it in different cities that aren't as liberal, it dies a thousand deaths." 18+.
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