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With the mind of a comedian and the soul of a musician, Rob Paravonian seamlessly fuses sharp comedy performances with top notch musicianship. This perfect blend is evident everywhere from his viral Pachelbel Rant, his observations on popular music, to his well-crafted original songs.
Rob’s act is accessible and he works with minimal profanity so there are few limitations on where he can perform or where his albums can be played. He regularly works comedy clubs and cutting edge venues in New York, as well as cruises, all-ages venues and corporate events.
In college Rob found an outlet for his love of humor writing in the open mic comedy stages of greater Los Angeles. When Rob began mixing songs and music into his sets it was a revelation and the enthusiastic response was immediate. By the time he graduated (cum laude) he was getting regular booked and paid spots around L.A.
Though music and a promising original rock band took Rob back to Chicago, he continued to explore comedy through classes at Second City and performing stand-up. He soon became a regular at the Chicago Improv and Zanies clubs, and started working the road touring clubs throughout the Midwest and colleges coast to coast.
Rob has been a prolific comedian both on the stage and with recordings. From his first studio album Don’t Crowd the Plow, which had a track featured on the Dr. Demento Show’s Funny Five, to his most recent live concert album Rob P. Rocks a Jazz Club, which is getting a great reaction from fans and comedy outlets alike, Rob’s albums have helped propagate and preserve his work.
On stage Rob’s wealth of material extends beyond his comedy music. He has staged three solo shows, presenting them in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles; he was a staff writer for the NYC-based sketch group Spurn for several years, he has written three one-act plays that have been performed in New York.
Michael A. Cohen is a regular contributor for The Boston Globe on national politics and foreign affairs. He is also the author of “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division.” Michael has written for dozens of news outlets, including as a columnist for the Guardian and Foreign Policy and he is the US Political Correspondent for the London Observer. He previously worked as a speechwriter at the US State Department and has been a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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