Putting in the Work
Comedian Ruben Paul joins Carmody Central today to chat about success, being humble, paying your dues, and hard work. You know all those things that unspoiled people like to talk about. This is a great episode because we talk a lot about honesty in your work, expressing yourself, and being comfortable with sharing your truths.
Ruben was Born and raised in Carson, California, which is one of the most diverse cities in the Los Angeles area. “I grew up in an all black neighborhood, went to an all Mexican high school, went to an all “white” church and shopped at a lot of Asian stores,” he quips. Being the youngest child of Immigrant Parents from Haiti, but the only one born in America, gives him a very interesting perspective on life. That upbringing is the foundation of Ruben’s universal appeal. He has a very uncommon ability to connect with all types of audiences, no matter the age, race, creed, or color. So it’s no surprise that Ruben has become an audience favorite not only in the U.S. and Canada, but abroad as well. He has performed for international audiences in Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, and The Middle East. The response was so overwhelming that Ruben was brought back to do ”back by popular demand” shows, in Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore with more countries and cities to be added in 2015.
Ruben’s talents as a writer and performer have garnered him many honors. In 2014, he was invited to perform at one of the biggest comedy festivals in the World, The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. While there, he received critical acclaim from his performance on one of the festivals prestigious Galas. Ruben’s Stand up appearances on Television reinforces his versatility as a Comedian, with performances on Comedy Central,”The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Lopez Tonight”, Showtime’s Special “Russell Peters Presents”, B.E.T’s “Comic View”, ”Comics Unleashed” and HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam”, to name a few. Ruben has toured extensively and collaborated with some of the biggest names in Comedy and Entertainment, including Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer, and most recently with Russell Peters on both of his record breaking world tours, ”Notorious” and “Almost Famous”. Those tours gave him the opportunity to perform live for thousands of fans in sold out arenas around the world, which helped Ruben expand his own audience in the U.S. and Internationally.
As well as being a gifted Stand Up Comedian, he is also a very accomplished actor that can be seen in such films as “Deliver Us from Eva” with actor/rapper LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union and “Ground Control” with Kiefer Sutherland. Ruben has also had guest starring television roles on “The Jamie Foxx Show”, recurring role on “Pensacola Wings of Gold” and a regular cast member on B.E.T.’s hidden camera show “Socially Offensive Behavior” with D.L. Hughley.