Paul Moon ’07 is hitting Prime time with his new recurring role in The Tick.
Actually, with the show being released by Amazon Prime, the superhero spoof will be available to viewers any time. The first episode is available now to Prime members with new episodes to be added to Prime Video on Aug. 25.
Moon plays Dennis, a snarky hothead who is a high-ranking member of the Pyramid Gang, which is led by Michael Cerveris, who is known for his role as Juan Peron in the Broadway production of Evita. Moon is in the official trailer for the series, getting backhanded by the Tick at the 1:21 mark. But he doesn’t make his first appearance as Dennis until episode 3. Moon appears again in episodes 4, 7, 9 and 10.
The series is based on a satirical comic book hero created by then 18-year-old cartoonist Ben Edlund for New England Comics, a chain of Boston area comic book stores. Edlund’s 1986 creation turned into a comic book series, followed by an animated TV series in 1994, and two live-action TV series. There was also video game based on the character and his sidekick Arthur. Edlund is also working on the current series.
Moon said he first caught the acting bug when he appeared as Cliff Bradshaw in Culver’s production of “Cabaret” in 2007. He auditioned at the encouragement of his father, James Moon ’72, who also appeared on the Eppley Auditorium stage. And after taking his bows after those three performances, he was hooked.
He then studied acting at The Ohio State University and moved to New York City in 2012. He soon landed a role as the antagonist in the off-Broadway show My Big Gay Italian Wedding. He has also had a recurring role as a reporter on All My Children and appeared in the web series Tainted Dreams, which can also be streamed on Amazon.
Since 2015, he has worked at The New York Times as a news assistant, and has since started writing features for the newspaper, including this piece about growing a beard and another about growing up as a funeral director’s son.