Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American comedian, actor, television personality, author, screenwriter and musician. He is most widely known for his role on the long-running television sitcom Mad About You. Reiser placed number 77 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time in 2004. The name of Reiser's production company, Nuance Productions, comes from one of his lines in the film Diner (explaining his discomfort with the word 'nuance'). Reiser was born in New York City, the son of Helen, a homemaker, and Sam Reiser, a wholesale health food distributor. Born into a Jewish family, Reiser attended the East Side Hebrew Institute on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He earned his bachelor's degree at Binghamton University, where he majored in music (piano, composition).