10 Things You Didn’t Know About Paul Lieberstein

Paul Liebertein is best known for his role as Toby Flenderson on the American sitcom “The Office”. Paul actually wrote for the show and reluctantly appeared in the recurring role of Toby. Paul Lieberman has had a successful career writing for comedies. He has also directed and produced. Here are 10 things you never knew about Paul Lieberstein.

1. He’s from Connecticut

Paul Liebersteiin was born on February 22, 1967 in Westport, Connecticut. His father, Stanley, is a lawyer. His mother, Judith, is a clinical psychologist. Paul found a knack for writing scripts while attending Staples High School. He and a friend wrote their own sitcom. He received a degree in Economics from Hamilton College and graduated in 1989. While in school, Paul was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. He used this experience while writing for “The Office” where it’s often mentioned that the character Andy was a Chi Psi at Cornell University.

2. He was going to go into finance

After graduating from college, Paul moved to New York City to pursue a career in finance. He took a job as an auditor at the international accounting firm, Peat Marwick International. He left the job after 6 months. Paul worked part time at his father’s law office while pursuing what he really wanted to do, write.

3. His early writing career

It didn’t take long for Paul Lieberstein to start making a living writing. He and his writing partner were able to get an agent at the William Morris Agency, and they moved to Los Angeles, California. They got a job writing for “Clarissa Explains It All”, but the partners split after one season of the show. Paul was able to get jobs writing for shows like “Weird Science” and “The Naked Truth”. Paul’s big break came when his brother in law, screenwriter and producer, Greg Daniels, got him hired as part of the writing staff of the animated series “King of the Hill”. Paul also had writing jobs for “The Drew Carey Show” and served as a co-executive producer during Season 6. He wrote for “The Newsroom” and produced the third season.

4. He has family in showbusiness

With his talented writing skills and use of low key, deadpan, humor is the , it’s not surprising that Paul Lieberstein would have a successful career writing for comedies. He’s not the only talent in his family. His sister, Susanne, worked for MTV and is now President of Programming at YouTube Red. Her husband, Greg Daniels, is a successful screenwriter and producer and helped get Paul noticed as a writer in Hollywood. Paul also has a brother, Warren. Warren was married to Angela Kinsey, Angela on “The Office” from 2000 to 2010. Paul is known for bringing characteristics of people in his life into the characters he writes. His cousin Paul Faust is the basis for “Cool Guy Paul” on “The Office”.

5. The Office

Already a successful comedy writer, Paul Lieberstein joined the staff of writers on the American remake of the successful British comedy series “The Office”. It also helped that his brother in law was the show runner. The documentary style comedy series about the employees of a Scranton, Pennsylvania paper company often had its writers act on the show so they could be on both sides of the camera. Paul was asked to play the character of Toby Flenderson in one episode. When NBC President, Kevin Reilly, watched the episode, he asked that Toby be a recurring role. Paul, who is by nature shy and reserved, did not want to be a character on the show. However, Toby became a popular character. Apparently on episodes that Paul produced, Toby’s character has little or no lines. Paul didn’t just write and appear as Toby on “The Office”. He also produced many episodes and was the showrunner for Seasons 5 through 8.

6. Awards

Paul Lieberstein has been honored with several awards for his work and his shows. In 1999 “King of the Hill” won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program. In 2006 “The Office” won the Writers Guild of America Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast. The following year “The Office” won the 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Broadband Program in Comedy.

7. After The Office

When “The Office” wrapped after 9 seasons, there were plans to make two spin-offs. One was about the character of Andy. The other one was about Rainn Wilson’s character of Dwight Schrute. Paul was set to be the showrunner of “The Farm” with Rainn Wilson. Neither of the spin-offs were greenlit. Paul continued to get writing jobs and acted in some of the material like “Bad Teacher”, “The Newsroom”, and “People of Earth”.

8. Net Worth

Paul Lieberstein has had a successful writing and producing career. His net worth is estimated at $15 million. He also has a happy family life. Paul has been married twice and has 5 children. His second marriage was to Janine Serafin Poreba. The couple wed at New York City’s Battery Gardens restaurant on July 19, 2008. They currently reside in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Paul serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of “Young Storytellers”, an arts education non-profit.

9. Ill health?

During the last season of “The Office” fans of Paul Lieberstein noticed that he had lost a lot of weight and worried about his health. He also didn’t appear in public very often. Rumors swirled that Paul had leukemia. Paul denied the rumors. He said that he lost the weight due to working hard. He didn’t appear in public much because of his quite personality and because he was focused on his family.

10. Song of Back and Neck

Paul Lieberstein continues to write, produce and act in television and film. Recently he was the show runner for 2018’s “Ghosted”. He currently wrote, directed and stars in the quirky comedy “Song of Back and Neck”. Paul plays Fred Trolleycar, a middle aged paralegal who suffers from chronic neck and back pain. He reunites with “The Office’s” Clark Duke and joins the cast which includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Robert Pine, Paul Feig and Brian d’Arcy James.


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