Bio: The One-paragraph Version
Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, and co-produce JoCo Cruise. The duo’s original webseries musical, “LearningTown“, debuted on YouTube’s Geek & Sundry channel in January 2013. Also in 2013, their song “Another Irish Drinking Song” was featured in the hit movie Despicable Me 2, and in July had their guitar smashed on stage by George R. R. Martin (and deserved it). Their fifth full-length CD, Ball Pit, came out in 2014, and was the central item of the duo’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. They are staff writers for, and contributed numerous songs to, the rebooted season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Bio: The Several-paragraph Version
Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) have been writing and performing funny songs together for a long, long time, starting with their stint together in a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook. Their music has appeared on pretty much every type of media that exists, they are co-founders and producers of the storied nerd variety show w00tstock, and they have had their guitar smashed by George R. R. Martin followed by a Neil Gaiman scolding.
In addition to their own performances, Paul and Storm are also co-founders of w00tstock, their geek-oriented variety show co-hosted by Adam Savage (“Mythbusters”) and Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Eureka”), which has toured theaters across America since 2009 and whose guests have included Neil Gaiman, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Felicia Day and Chris Hardwick. The duo also co-produces JoCo Cruise, a Caribbean cruise/concert festival for fans of internet musician Jonathan Coulton, which first sailed in 2011.
The duo’s musical webseries, “LearningTown“, debuted on Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry YouTube channel in January 2013. The ten-episode series features all-new original songs by Paul and Storm, and includes such notable guests as comedy music legend “Weird Al” Yankovic, Maurissa Tancharoen (co-creator of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and co-exec. producer of ABC’s upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series), fellow music-comedian Mike Phirman (half of Hard ‘n Phirm, along with Chris Hardwick), James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture on “Venture Bros.”), and YouTube videomaker Greg Benson.
In 2013 their music was featured in Despicable Me 2, joining a long list of credits including the cartoon website Homestar Runner, web series The Guild and The Legend of Neil, “The Drew Carey Show”, Comedy Central, NPR’s Ask Me Another, the “Bob and Tom” syndicated morning radio show, and The Doctor Demento Show. Their fifth full-length CD, Ball Pit, was released in June 2014, and was the central item of the duo’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.
They’re also notorious for generating far-reaching Twitter hashtag memes, most notably #wookieeleaks and #kanyenewyorkercartoons.
Promotional photos can be found here in this Flickr set.
The Press Says Nice Things
Paul and Storm know how to make audiences laugh. –Full article
The Washington Post
[Paul and Storm] attacked with both high and low humor. There were scatalogical laughs aplenty…but a lot of the fun sprang from the duo’s energetic, quick-witted harmony vocals. – Full article
Quick Stop Enternainment
[Paul and Storm] are a Comedy with a capital C duo, and they know what’s funny.. – Full article
NPR – Metro Connection on WAMU
Mature immaturity. – Real Audio or Windows Media
Two genuinely funny people…Paul and Storm are obvious[ly] cool nerds (the good kind), and their brand of humor should appeal to people that actually have healthy senses of humor. – Full article
The pair kept the audience off guard and occasionally off their seats with laughter.
Anderson Herald Bulletin
Remember the geeks you made fun of in high school? Well, now they are the musical comedy duo of Paul & Storm.
Bethlehem Daily Star
I laughed so hard that I nearly fell out of my chair…like a standup act by guys with instruments..Check them out, because they’re already hilarious and will only get better from here. – Full article