Vinnie Paulino; A Gifted Stand Up Comic Establishing Himself Within The World Of Entertainment

Vinnie Paulino; A Gifted Stand Up Comic Establishing Himself Within The World Of Entertainment

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 50 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews

Vinnie Paulino; A Gifted Stand Up Comic Establishing Himself Within The World Of Entertainment

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Photos courtesy of Vinnie Paulino

In this highlight, we turn our attention to Vinnie Paulino, a gifted comic with a reputation for having a laser sharp wit. It was the toughest thing going through this interview with Vinnie Paulino, as he constantly kept me chuckling throughout the entire interview. If Vinnie looks familiar, it’s probably because you have seen him on The Rochester Show or on a stage engulfed by audiences laughter.

I first met Vinnie back in 2014 when we worked together on episode 1 of Dark Justice Show. Vinnie “claims” he never acted professionally before, but none of us believed that, as he took total ownership of his character and made it his own. A man of many talents, Vinnie Paulino is a guy you should have in your corner.

I asked Vinnie a series of questions. Here is his response.

Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.

Well I grew up in San Diego, California till I was about six years old. My parents moved us back here to their hometown of Rochester, New York and I’ve been here “kind of” ever since, I spent some years down in Texas and some years in Florida, but I graduated in Webster in the year of 2000.vinnoe 8

What inspired you to be an Stand Up Comedian? Early experiences worth sharing?

Really just watching Comedy Central stand up specials, some of the ones I grew up on were Drew Carrey’s “Human Cartoon” and Dana Carvey’s special. They were great, I remember sitting in front of the t.v. as a kid watching these specials and I thought to myself, “Man that is really funny and when I do that, I’m going to have to write my own stuff.”

I just had that weird thought like, “That is really good..but your going to have to write your own stuff.” This stuck with me. My first experience with stand up was done on very much done on a dare, while at an under age drinking in a bar in Fort Worth, Texas. I went up on stage and probably did a horrible job, but I haven’t looked back since.vinnie 7

Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.

Well, that’s kind of a tough question because I feel like whenever your in the entertainment business, you are facing adversity, CONSTANTLY. Especially in my case when it comes to stand up. In a lot of ways I am successful in stand up, but I am not where I want to be yet.

What do you believe sets you apart from other Stand Up Comics?

Uh….My weight…end of story, also I like how you are laughing during this interview Che..very professional.

No, but seriously, I feel like I have my own style when it comes to stand up. I REALLY go after it, like I’m a sweaty mess by the time im done. I am not one of those comics who stands there and talks at ya. I try to get the audience to connect with me and I engage with the audience throughout the show. I try to be in the moment when I perform and I feel that sets me apart from many other comics. Not all of , but MOST of em. I like to play around with people and have a good time, but I also believe in strong material. Being able to weave all this together is what sets me apart.vinnie 3

Do you have other interests or hobbies?

I don’t have time for hobbies, I have NO time for hobbies. My hobby is the Rochester Show; it sucks up all of my time. It is the bane of my existence…and the joy.vinnie 10

Any projects you have out or currently working on?

The television show, The Rochester Show. It has been the coolest side project I have ever had the chance to work on. It started off as just an online podcast and then Channel 18 approached me and was like, “Hey, you wanna be on t.v.?”

I had no idea what I was doing, so I said sure. So I feel like we are constantly working on the show and having fun with it, so if you are reading this…yeah..YOU. Don’t be stupid, check out The Rochester Show! No one will like you if you don’t watch!!vinnie 4

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I want to be standing on the stage…with a cold drink in my hand.

What advice can you give to aspiring Stand Up Comics?

Be succinct. Say what you need to say in as few words as possible and make it funny. Don’t be too influenced by other people, find your own voice. You have to walk before you can run. You gotta keep crawling…you gotta keep working!!

How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?

Well you can follow me here:

Twitter: @VinniePaulino

Instagram: VinniePaulino
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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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