Tom Papa has a strange circle of friends. Jerry Seinfeld gave him his first big break, taking him on tour as his opening act. Rob Zombie directed his last two specials after they struck up a friendship at a wedding. Steven Soderbergh cast Papa in “The Informant!” and “Behind the Candelabra” and will produce his next stand-up special, which Papa hopes to start shooting in a few months.
The only places those worlds intersect is through Papa. “I’ve never had Rob Zombie and Jerry Seinfeld at the diner at the same time,” he says. He laughs at the thought of it. Would they get along? “I think they would but they’re both so in their own worlds. I don’t know how it’d work.”
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