Paul F. Tompkins is from Philadelphia, PA, where he started performing stand-up comedy in 1986. In 1994, he moved to Hollywood, CA, where he met comic actor Jay Johnston, with whom he crafted the live sketch show The Skates. This led Tompkins to a stint as a writer and performer on HBO's "Mr. Show With Bob and David," for which he received an Emmy nomination for writing. Paul also wrote and starred in his own one-man show, "Driven to Drink," for HBO.
In 1999, Tompkins landed a small role in Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed film "Magnolia." That same year, he and Jay Johnston reunited to create and perform the science-fiction anthology parody "Playground of the Id" at the HBO Workspace.
In 2000, Tompkins played the title role of Peter in the Warner Bros./NBC unaired pilot "The Peter Principle," which led to his casting as Sullivan Pope in the situation comedy "Dag." His other acting credits include "Frasier," VH1's "Best Week Ever," "The Sketch Show," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny."
Tompkins' stand-up has been featured on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and Comedy Central Presents. He also garnered a WGA nomination for his work as a writer & correspondent on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher."
In addition to acting and creating film/television projects, Tompkins appears in "The Paul F. Tompkins Show," a live variety program featuring the likes of Jack Black, Dave Foley, Andy Richter and Aimee Mann, at Largo in Hollywood.