Paul Hallasy



Bill Maher meets Joan Rivers with a touch of Lewis Black.


As a child growing up on Long Island, I always knew I was different. Apparently not all young boys grow up singing show tunes in front of the living room mirror. Go figure! 

It wasn’t until college, however, that I was dragged kicking and screaming out of the closet and I've been kicking and screaming ever since. Because, as I say in my act, I'm “not gay enough for gay people and not straight enough for straight people.” I'm what they call a “straight-acting gay.” I'm a “stray.” 

After performing in community and college theater on Long Island with such future stars as Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Nancy Cassaro (Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding), I moved to New York City to attend New York University and spent my early years there writing a semi-autobiographical novel (New York Trilogy), a play (Tear Me Apart) and performing as a singer at such clubs as CBGB, The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama. 

Eventually I decided to try my hand at stand-up comedy and I haven't looked back. I perform regularly in New York City and have performed at clubs and colleges across the United States and around the world. A favorite of both gay and straight audiences, I was recently named one of "7 Funny LGBT Comics You Shouldn't Have Missed" by The Advocate

I've also produced comedy shows and helped book Tommy Koenig's one-man show, Baby Boom Baby, all over the United States.

I've appeared as a pundit in newspapers and magazines (The New York TimesNew York magazine, National Journal), and on TV (CNN, CBS Evening News, The Wendy Williams Show, CBC's Connect with Mark Kelley), radio (The Julianna Forlano Show, WNYC, Watson n Watson), websites (GRITtv, Gridskipper), and the stage (Laughing Liberally).

I have a blog called The Gay Curmudgeon ( and my writing has been featured on the websites Bootleg Betty, Bootstrap Industries, The Middle Class Action Project, Our Queer Stories, and Stonewall Gazette

In 2016, I was approached by VoiceMaps to write an audio guide, so I came up with the idea of writing a walking tour of New York City's East Village, based upon my book New York Trilogy

In 2017, I performed my one-man show, "Doorman Confidential," at Dixon Place, and will be performing an expanded version there in the spring of 2018. I'm hoping to continue developing this show and performing it at other theaters and festivals.




New York Trilogy (book)

New York Trilogy: A Walking Tour (audio guide)

New York Trilogy: A Walking Tour (Facebook page)

The Gay Curmudgeon (blog)

Stray T-shirt




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