From lawyer to laughs 


Paul Mecurio graduated with honors from Georgetown Law School and began his career on Wall Street as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at the law firm of Willkie Farr and Gallagher and later as an investment banker at CS First Boston. But, he never stopped writing and performing comedy. Eventually, he was hired by Jay Leno to write jokes for The Tonight Show, and in 1995, with the encouragement of Leno, Mecurio left Wall Street all together to become a stand-up comedian.

In 1996, Mecurio was invited to be on the original writing team for a new Comedy Central show called The Daily Show. In 2001, as a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mecurio won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. For his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000, Mecurio was honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. In 2002, Mecurio received his second Emmy nomination for his work on The Daily Show. Mecurio has also been featured in The Daily Show segment “Second Opinion,” in which he skewered the medical profession, playing an HMO representative with a less than sympathetic mindset.

Mecurio will be in Indianapolis at Crackers Comedy Club, 6281 N. College Ave., Dec. 13-17. For show times and tickets, call 317-255-4211 or go to


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