Paul Mecurio

For several years Paul Mecurio lived a secret double life. By day he was a Wall Street lawyer, and by night a standup comedian. "I was to the point where I would take two notebooks into meetings," he recalls. "One was for the deal, and one was for jokes, and I wasn't taking any deal notes, I was just taking notes for the jokes." Keeping it all up became more and more difficult. "I went back to the law firm (after an open mic) and the senior partner is screaming at me, 'Where have you been!?' So, it just became real stressful. I didn't want anyone on Wall Street to know I was a comedian, because they wouldn't have taken me seriously, and I didn't want anyone in comedy to know I was a Wall Street guy. I didn't even tell my girlfriend, who is now my wife. She thought I was cheating on her because I was supposed to be working and I was coming home smelling like beer and cigarettes. I was a nervous wreck for a good couple of years." 18+.
April 17-19, 8 p.m.; April 18-19, 10:30 p.m., 2008

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