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Does Paul T. Goldman View The Peacock Docuseries Based On His Life As A Comedy?

The Peacock docuseries “Paul T. Goldman” has been described as a cross between true crime and comedy.

By Cydney Contreras
Director Jason Woliner on Having "Paul T. Goldman" Play Himself in New Peacock Series

Humor is a funny thing. What’s amusing to one person can be totally serious to someone else. It all comes down to context. Case in point: “Paul T. Goldman,” a six-part Peacock docuseries premiering January 1.

The series chronicles the bizarre and sometimes shocking saga of a seemingly ordinary man. Goldman, who covered his experiences in his 2009 memoir, “Duplicity: A True Story of Crime and Deceit,” plays himself alongside professional actors. 

“Paul T. Goldman” has been described as true crime meets comedy. Does the man at the core of the docuseries think of the events of his life – including his marital breakup and battle with an alleged far-reaching crime enterprise – as fodder for laughter? 

In a recent interview with Oxygen digital correspondent Stephanie Gomulka, the director of the docuseries, Jason Woliner (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”), acknowledged that Goldman sees it both ways. 

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“There’s parts he takes very seriously, there’s parts he laughs at,” Woliner said. “He’s the first to admit that he’s funny. He understands that he's funny in a certain way … He knows he is someone that people laugh at.”

That said, what Goldman finds amusing in the series Woliner has worked on for the past decade, which is executive produced by Seth Rogen, often diverges from what the audience finds funny.

Episodic image from Paul T. Goldman

Goldman’s self-awareness and ability to look beyond the fact that people may think he’s amusing is part of his personal complexity. Goldman’s perspective and idiosyncrasies kept the filmmaker engaged throughout the decade-long creative process.

That made him interested in why Goldman pursued the project, Woliner told Oxygen. “What is his kind of ultimate aim? Is it just for attention? Is it to be famous? Is it to kind of forge an identity in this world?”

Look for answers to those questions and other intriguing insights into Goldman to emerge as the docuseries unfolds.

“Paul T. Goldman,” a six-part Peacock series, begins streaming on January 1.

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