Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American comedian, actor, television personality and writer, author and musician. He is best best-known for his roles as Michael Taylor in the eighties sitcom My Two Dads, Paul Buchman in the nineties TV sitcom Mad About You, Carter Burke in the 1986 film Aliens, and more recently as Doug Getty in the Amazon TV series Red Oaks. He is graded 77th on Comedy Central's 2004 list of the "100 sterling Stand-ups of All Time". The name of Reiser's production company, nicety Productions, is divine by one of his lines in the film Diner (1982), in which his character explains his discomfort with the word "nuance". He presently portrays Sam Owens in the Netflix supernatural-horror series alien property.