From his Emmy Award-winning work writing, producing and directing The Office to his idiosyncratic commercial campaigns, Paul’s perfect pitch for comedy and unique brand of humor have shaped a culture-defining run of shows now considered the gold standard of half-hour comedy.
Originally from Connecticut, Paul escaped an economics degree and a day job at a law firm by writing a spec tv script that landed him a job in the writers’ room. Paul would win his first Emmy Award for his work writing and producing the acclaimed animated series King of the Hill and step up as a showrunner, writing – and ultimately directing – NBC’s now-iconic series The Office.
Along with portraying Michael Scott’s ever-bewildered arch nemesis in HR, Toby Flenderson, Paul would win his second Emmy Award, and two Writers Guild Awards, for his work on the series. Beyond The Office, Paul has directed The Mindy Project, HBO’s The Newsroom, and the Netflix series Space Force, on which he was also an Executive Producer. Paul is also serving as a writer, director, and showrunner on the new AMC television series Straight Man, starring Bob Odenkirk, in a comedically-dramatic adaptation of the eponymous novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo.
Paul made his feature writing and directing debut with the film, Song of Back and Neck, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, starring himself, Rosemarie DeWitt and Paul Feig. Paul’s original comedic archetype of the inept and well-intentioned will continue with his upcoming original movie Out Of Office, which he wrote and directed, starring Ken Jeong, Emmy Award nominated Leslie Jones and Jay Pharoah.
As a commercial director, Paul has helmed laugh-out-loud campaigns for clients that include Nationwide, State Farm, Axe and Peacock.