Paul Dinello (born November 28, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and an alumnus of DePaul University, Chicago-based The Second City, Improv Institute, and Annoyance Theatre. He is best known for his role on Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy as Geoffrey Jellineck, the closeted gay art teacher at Flatpoint High, who carries on a not-so-secret relationship with his colleague Chuck Noblet (Stephen Colbert).

In 2003, Dinello co-authored the novel Wigfield with Amy Sedaris and Colbert, which they promoted by creating a traveling play.

Most recently, Dinello has made guest appearances on Colbert's show The Colbert Report as Tad, the building manager. The character is often berated by Colbert, who forces him to do dangerous things. Dinello has made at least five appearances on The Colbert Report, including a tumbling act with Colbert and their Strangers co-star Sedaris in July 2006. After a prolonged absence, Dinello returned as Tad on 12 July 2011 to help Colbert interview activist Dan Savage, in the role Colbert's "heterosexual accountability-buddy" and potential companion to a gay wedding. They resumed their insinuations of a sexual relationship from Strangers with Candy.

Dinello was also a writer, producer, and director for the Strangers with Candy film, which was released in July 2006. In January 2009, Participant Media announced that it would produce Dinello's next film, Mr. Burnout (about a burned out teacher seeking to rekindle his love of teaching).

He was one of the main cast in the show Exit 57, also starring Sedaris and Colbert. He also appeared as Mr. Rooney in the film Be Kind Rewind, alongside Jack Black and Mos Def.

Dinello recently directed the Nickelodeon original movie Gym Teacher: The Movie, starring Christopher Meloni and Sedaris.

With Sedaris, Dinello co-authored Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, published in 2010. He can be seen with Sedaris in the "Mummified Hand" episode of the Science Channel show Oddities.


2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie, comedy film

Personal life

Dinello dated his Strangers with Candy co-star Amy Sedaris for eight years after they met at Second City.

Dinello became a father in 2011 with the birth of his son Giancarlo Francis Dinello. Sedaris is godmother to Paul Dinello's son, Giancarlo Francis.


External links

  • Paul Dinello dot net
  • Paul Dinello at the Internet Movie Database

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