A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Paul Mecurio graduated with high honors from Georgetown Law School and began his career on Wall Street as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at the law firm of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher and later as an investment banker at CS First Boston. All the while, Paul was honing a secret, second career writing and performing comedy in New York City. After several years on Wall Street, Paul moved center stage, leaving Wall Street and starting his career as a stand-up comedian.
In 1996, Paul was invited to be on the original writing and performing team for a new Comedy Central show called "The Daily Show." In 2001, as a writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Paul won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety, Music or Comedy Program. For his work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000," Paul was honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (think The Pulitzer Prize for Broadcasting). In 2002, Paul received his second Emmy nomination for his work on "The Daily Show." Paul has also been featured as a field correspondent on "The Daily Show" and in "The Daily Show" segment, "Second Opinion," in which he skewered the medical profession playing an HMO representative with a less than sympathetic mindset.