Actor/Comedian/podcaster Paul F. Tompkins has had a long and varied career. He started doing stand-up in 1986, made a niche for himself by appearing on Mr. Show with Bob and Dave, and has been films like Anchorman and There Will Be Blood, but in small – sometimes showy – roles. Now that’s about to change as Deadline Hollywood has announced that Tompkins is developing a sitcom for Comedy Central called Evil Geniuses. The show is to be co-created with Tom Sharpling, one of the writer/producers of Monk.Both Tompkins and Scharpling have made a name for themselves on twitter, and both have their own audio shows – Tompkins does the Pod F. Tomkast, while Scharpling hosts The Best Show on WFMU.
The premise is that Tompkins is an evil genius who has taken over the world, only to have no idea what to do with himself or the world once he’s done so. Sounds killer. Tompkins has been on a recent career resurgence with his comedy albums. Though he’s always been a respected performer, between Twitter and his most recent comedy albums Freak Wharf and Sir, You Have Fooled Me Twice, his output and bookings – often done through Facebook fans guaranteeing a certain number of people at each show – have been steadily increasing.
Television is usually the place where stand-ups move to, and with his work on comedy shows like “Mr. Show” and “Tenacious D” – to say nothing about his great recent special guest role on “Community” - he seems a natural fit. Sharpling, with his Monk background is also on familiar ground.No date is set for the show’s launch.
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