"Relax. It's good. You're doing fine."
That's advice imparted from Tom Papa, a stand-up comedian and actor performing this evening at City Winery. Though he's not yet a household name, Papa is well-known and admired among his colleagues. He's a veteran of the stand-up circuit and has opened for blockbuster names like Jerry Seinfeld.
Tom Papa prioritizes civility in his humor, which is perhaps why he does not take on politics.
"I'm kind of on an anti-rudeness campaign," Papa told Lois Reitzes in an interview during "City Lights." "My act ... is a place where we can just go and enjoy ourselves."
Tom Papa — and yes, that is his real name (it's Italian and is not shortened for Hollywood or from Ellis Island) — performs tonight at City Winery at 7 p.m.