Comic Paul Mecurio Gives NJ “Permission To Speak” Saturday in West Long Branch
Paul Mecurio is an Emmy & Peabody Award winning comedian who works on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and appears regularly on that show. He’s worked on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, had specials on HBO and Comedy Central.
Now, Paul is coming to our area with his award-winning Broadway Show “Permission to Speak” at the Pollak Theatre on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch this Saturday November 11th.
Born in Rhode Island, Paul went to Providence College and later graduated Georgetown Law School. While working in Wall Street as a lawyer and investment banker doing merger and acquisition deals, his co-workers often referred to him as the funniest lawyer in the office.
A chance meeting with Jay Leno led to a part-time job writing jokes at $50 a pop for the former NBC late-night host.
Basically, one thing led to another, and Paul thrilled his parents by announcing he was going into comedy full-time.
Permission To Speak
The show stars Paul AND the audience. Paul invites audience members on stage asking them about their lives and what they honestly think. The results are funny, and often unbelievable personal stories that are relatable to all of us.
Thanks in part to social media, we live in a world where we’re often nameless and faceless to each other. A global pandemic and political divisions helped to further isolate many of us. We crave and NEED authentic connection now more than ever. This show does just that. If we talk and share stories, we realize we have more in common than we think and in turn we connect and if we connect we are not so divisive. “Permission to Speak” connects people through shared stories and comedy.
With Paul guiding the conversation, this unique show results in extraordinary, jaw-dropping, funny, fascinating stories from people’s personal lives. Fun, empathetic and non-judgmental, “Permission to Speak” has a true human quality to it. A transformation occurs when strangers cross paths and discover they have much more in common than they had thought. We prove what sets us apart can ultimately bring us together.
Where to get tickets
Tickets for Paul Mecurio’s Permission To Speak” show at the Pollak Theatre are available on the venue’s website.