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Paul Bellini
Born September 12, 1963 (1963-09-12) (age 46)
Timmins, Ontario, Canada

Paul Bellini (born September 12, 1963 in Timmins, Ontario) is a Canadian comedy writer and television actor. Bellini is well-known figure in the Canadian television comedy industry due to his work on The Kids in the Hall and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He has worked on several projects with Josh Levy and PJ DeBoy. He has appeared in small parts on television shows and films.

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The Kids in the Hall

Bellini's on-screen presence in The Kids in the Hall began when CBC Television suggested that the troupe conduct some form of sweepstakes in order to determine the makeup of the show's fanbase. Turning down such conventional ideas as a free show taping or a cash prize, the members of KITH decided that the "prize" would be Paul Bellini in a towel. Thus the "Touch Paul Bellini" contest was born, wherein the winner was granted the chance to gently poke the betoweled Bellini with a stick. On another season the contest winner won a lunch with him at the Ottawa airport.[citation needed] During these and other appearances on the show, Bellini wore nothing but a towel and never spoke, thus himself becoming an absurd character in the show. At the end of the final episode, however, after the cast is buried alive during the end credits, Bellini approaches their grave, turns to the camera, and intones, "Thank God that's finally over." He then picks up a flower and proceeds to dance on their grave.

In 1998, Bellini made an autobiographical documentary, Bellini's Drive, which among other things explained his thoughts on being the second-most famous person from Timmins — the first being Shania Twain.

A gay man himself,[1] he is currently a columnist for fab, a gay magazine in Toronto.

Writing credits

Film and television appearances

Awards

  • Won Gemini Award in 1996, 1997 - writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes
  • Won Writer's Guide of Canada for Excellence in Writing in 1997 for This Hour Has 22 Minutes
  • Nominated Emmy Award 1994 - writer for The Kids in the Hall
  • Nominated Cable ACE award 1992 - writer for The Kids in the Hall

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