Mecurio to perform at APT

Comedian Paul Mecurio will make an appearance at Auburn Public Theater this Saturday.

A native of Providence, RI, Mecurio graduated with honors from Georgetown Law School and began a career on Wall Street and later at the law firm CS First Boston.

It wasn't until several years later that he left the world of law to follow a different path -- stand-up comedy.

Mecurio had been writing and honing his comedic skills and performing in New York City while he doubled as an attorney. In 1996, he got his break and was invited to be on the original writing and performing team for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," hosted by Jon Stewart.

In 2001, Mecurio was awarded with an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. He was also honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000."

Mecurio received his second Emmy nomination for work he did on "The Daily Show."

Aside from being featured as a field correspondent on "The Daily Show" and in one of the shows segments, "Second Opinion," in which he skewered the medical profession by playing an HMO representative with a less than sympathetic mindset, he has also recently shot the pilot for "Sports Central."

Acting as the star, co-creator and executive producer in "Sports Central," Mecurio and others use a news format to take a funny and smart look at the controversial off-the-field issues and player behavior that plague sports.

Mecurio's credits include headlining in clubs and theaters across North America and Europe, performing at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and numerous television appearances on shows such as "Comedy Central Presents," "The Lare, Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and NBC's "Late Friday." He's also appeared on VH1's clip shows and is a regular guest on CNN, CNNfn and MSNBC as a political satirist.

Now Mecurio will grace the stage at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday May 9 at Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Opening act will be Kevin Bartini with host Bob Nethercott.

A cash bar will offer wine and beer for those with proper identification. For group sales (10 or more people), or more information, call 253-6669.

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