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Paul Vato Presents:

Paul Vato Presents:

Actor, improvisor, author, poker player and entrepreneur, Paul Vato, interviews his celebrity friends from the world of entertainment, finance, travel, poker, business and more!

Meet, laugh & learn from famous actors, improvisors, comedians, singers, voice over artists, poker players, influencers, business owners and industry leaders from around the globe.

Paul Vato Presents is recorded LIVE on Fireside in front of a live studio audience. Fireside is owned by Falon Fatemi and Mark Cuban.

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Recent Episodes

Sept. 18, 2023

Chasing Dreams: The Inspiring Journey of Singer, Actor, and Entrepreneur Afina Madoian!

This singer, actor and improv artist who comes from the Republic of Moldova, embarked on a daring journey when she was just 14 years old, leaving the comfort of her hometown to pursue her dreams in the sprawling city of Los …
Sept. 12, 2023

Exploring Art, Laughter and Resilience with Illustrator, Jason Seiler!

Navigating the realm of art and comedy can often feel like walking a tightrope, especially when politics enter the picture. This episode features a conversation with Jason Seiler, an esteemed illustrator whose work has grace…
Aug. 26, 2023

Exploring Cultural Identity and Humor with Japanese-American Stand Up Comedian Michelle MaliZAki!

Uncover the candid and quirky world of Michelle MaliZAki, a stand-up comedian navigating the waters of cultural identity and humor. Our conversation with her is a delightful romp through her personal experiences from being a…
July 18, 2023

Culinary Adventures and Family Traditions with Celebrity Chef, Joe Gatto.

This chef embarks on culinary adventures like hand-forging knives and harvesting salt from the Atlantic. Meet our guest, Joe Gatto , a celebrated chef, charismatic TV show host, and author of "Seriously From Scratch " . He s…
June 25, 2023

Poker, Latin American Culture, and the Rise of Pamela "Pamsi" Balzano: A Journey into the World of Poker, Social Media and Beyond!

Pamela "Pamsi" Balzano, a professional poker player from Argentina, shares her fascinating journey from starting in the poker world at 18 to becoming an influencer and content creator. Poker has exploded in Latin America, an…
June 16, 2023

From Chicago Comedy to Hollywood Dreams, The Laughs and Lessons of Ascending the Humor Hierarchy with Jon Barinholtz. Part 2

Jon Barinholtz is a writer, comedian, and actor and shares how working with his mentor, Bob Odenkirk, helped shape his writing skills and encouraged him to write something every day. Jon also talks about the importance of pe…
June 8, 2023

From Chicago to Hollywood: Jon Barinholtz's Comedic Journey and Breaking Free from Family Legacy. Part 1

Jon Barinholtz, a comedic actor and improviser who took the leap from Chicago to the glitzy world of Hollywood is our very special guest today. Jon's journey is one of passion, perseverance, and learning from the best in the…
May 23, 2023

From the Improv Stage to TV Land: Kate Lambert's Journey with Teachers TV Show and the Power of Chicago Comedy

Ever wondered how an improv comedy group can create a hit TV show? Kate Lambert joins us to discuss her journey from the world of improv to the creation of her show, Teachers, on TV Land. We explore the origins of Teachers, …
May 8, 2023

Family Migration Stories, Cultural Roots, Physics, Improv, and Stand-Up Comedy: A Discussion with Will Luera!

Our family migration stories take center stage as we explore our shared connections to Mexico, Texas, Chicago, Ohio, and LA. We touch on the Bracero program and the stops our families made along the way, as well as the names…
Aug. 17, 2022

Using The Owwll App To Help Build Strong, Useful And Safe Connections with Founder, Jason R. Hill

In this episode we learn: 1) How difficult it is create and market a success app (only 1% of all apps are successful). 2) Why using the Owwll App to make new business connections and to network makes perfect sense. 3) Why…
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Google Podcasts Shutting Down in 2024 as YouTube Music Becomes Podcast Home!

Google announced it will shut down its dedicated Google Podcasts app sometime in 2024. The move is part of a broader effort to transition podcast listening over to YouTube Music as Google seeks to make it more competitive with Spotify, Apple Music, …

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Paul Vato Presents: Improv Theaters, Shows and Training Recommendations!

Are you ready to get started learning Improv or continuing on your improvisational journey? Here are some of my highly recommended teachers, coaches, gurus and schools of improv, in no particular order. Make sure you tell them Paul Vato sent you! &…

About the Host

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Paul Vato

Actor / Improvisor / Poker Player / Author / Entrepreneur

Paul Vato is an actor, improvisor, author, poker player and entrepreneur from Aurora, IL.

Paul has appeared on MADtv, The Sarah Silverman Program, Cedric The Entertainer Presents:, Reno 911, The Bold & The Beautiful & ABC's To Tell The Truth. He appeared opposite Nicholas Cage in The Trust. He has also appeared in dozens of commercials representing such brands as, Disney, Cricket, Dodge, Toyota & Visa.

Paul produced, edited, and filmed Keep It Green with Sarah Vato and Shelley Pack, which led to Sarah and Shelley being the first talent to be hired by Discovery Channel’s Planet Green for their new show The G Word.

He co-founded ¡Salsation, Comedy with a Latin Flavor! in Chicago and ¡Barrio Speedwagon! in LA., their hit show, ¡Touched by an Anglo! ran in Chicago and LA for many months to critical acclaim and accolades in both cities.

Paul Vato trained at iO, The Second City and Annoyance theater in Chicago and had the amazing opportunity to study with improv comedy guru and legend, Del Close, who directed him in several shows at iO in Chicago.

Paul is originally from Aurora, IL (Wayne's World) and is now based in Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he owns Vato Cigars. His latest projects are, BAD hOMbre YOGA (emphasis on the OOOMMM), a healthy lifestyle brand, HK Luxury, a luxury lifestyle brand specializing in Mexican Huarache Sandals and Paul Vato Presents: A Celebrity Centric Podcast!

He is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish, and is currently learning Italian and Russian.

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