Mostly Credited As: Pat Paulsen
Birth Name: Patrick Layton Paulsen
Date Of Birth: July 06, 1927 (Age 69)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: South Bend, Washington
Date Of Death: April 24, 1997
Cause Of Death: cancer (Mexico)
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)
Patrick Layton Paulsen, satirist, comedian, actor and musician, was born in 1927 in South Bend, Washington. Pat Paulsen is also well-known for being a perennial presidential candidate.
A former Marine and graduate of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, Pat then attended San Francisco City College, after which he showed an aptitude for show business as a member of an acting troupe. In addition, Pat was part of a comedic trio with his brother, Lorin Paulsen. Pat Paulsen then became a popular comic guitarist, playing clubs in California and New York City. Pat was discovered by the Smothers Brothers television comedy duo while performing his act in San Francisco. Becoming a fixture on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, he supplied the show with humorous songs, and appeared regularly doing his famous deadpan doubletalk, low-key satire and outrageous humor.
Pat Paulsen had his own television show in 1969, Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour, which ran for thirteen weeks. In it he lampooned current events and politics, interviewed Daffy Duck, and had former Vice President Hubert Humphrey on as a guest.
Pat Paulsen’s political career began at the behest of the Smothers Brothers, who urged him to run for president in 1968. His campaign slogan was "Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny." When challenged on the issues, Pat’s stock response was, “Picky, picky, picky”. He did enjoy some political success when included on the ballot in New Hampshire for the Democratic Primary. In 1996 he received 921 votes, finishing second behind President Bill Clinton. In 1992 he came in second to President George Herbert Walker Bush in the North Dakota Republican Primary.
Pat Paulsen’s comedy albums include Pat Paulsen for President (1968) , Live at the Ice House (1970), and Unzipped (1998).
Later in life and for many seasons, Pat Paulsen acted in summer stock in Traverse City, Michigan at the Cherry County Playhouse.
Pat Paulsen, humorist, composer and presidential candidate, died of cancer in Tijuana, Mexico in 1997. He is perhaps remembered most for his hilarious yet nonchalant political satire. His name has been a household word since the 1960s-- a sure sign of stardom.