Paulo Costanzo

With today’s post, we welcome someone who needs no introduction – the delightful Amb from Toronto, Ontario, Canada – to The Blog of Funny Names. Give her a warm welcome… it’s cold up there this time of year! – Dave

Hi everyone, Amb here! *amb looks around, waves*

I’m so excited to be making the leap from, erm, enthusiastic commenter to guest-contributor at The Blog of Funny Names!  I’ve been swooning over one of the BoFN boys for a long time now, and I’ve been a fan of the wit and brains of all three of these amigos for even longer. Since they haven’t been able to get me to stop talking yet – not even a Funny Names Theory in my honour could get me to quiet down – they’ve made the wise decision to just let me at their blog already. See? Brains!

Paulo Costanzo

Everyone, say hi to Paulo. He’s a breakfast person. Me too Paulo, me too. Yum.

As a pop culture vulture who has a tendency to treat fictional characters like close, personal friends, it seemed like a natural fit for me to focus on funny-named folks in the film and television industry. And as the token Canadian in our esteemed group of guest-contributors, it seemed like a natural fit for my first post to be about an actor hailing from the northern part of our Northern Hemisphere. May I introduce you to Paulo Costanzo?

Paulo Costanzo currently stars as Evan Lawson on My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of: Royal Pains.

Evan Lawson may be his most well-known role, but Paulo actually got his start on classic Canadian fare such as “Animorphs”, where, it’s worth noting, he

cast of Animorphs

See, none of the rest of the cast knows how to pronounce Paulo’s character’s name, either.

played the funny-named Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill. Over the course of this show’s riveting 26 episode run, Paulo/Aximil is given Andalite morphing technology by his brother, the equally-funny-named  Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, and they’re attacked by (I swear I’m not making this up) Yeerk fighters. The morphing technology gives the brothers the ability to change their DNA but not, fortunately for us, their names.

Surprisingly enough (or maybe not, depending on how you feel about children’s television shows) this role didn’t seem to open a lot of doors for Costanzo. A string of small parts in even smaller movies followed, including, according to IMDB, the role of “Tenant #1” in something called, “Puff, Puff, Pass”. Now, I’m a polite Canadian girl so I have no idea what the title of that movie could possibly be referring to, but Mekhi Phifer is the director, so I can only assume it’s an allusion to some of the life-saving medical equipment he used during his days on ER.

Costanzo came back to television in the aughts, landing the role of Matt Leblanc’s brother in “Joey” in 2004, and then, keeping his streak alive, landing the role of Mark Feuerstein’s brother in “Royal Pains” in 2009. Happily for me, he’s stayed there ever since, and now we hang out in my living room once a week!

For the record, Costanzo originally hails from Brampton, Ontario. Granted, Brampton isn’t as awesomely named as, say, my dad’s hometown of Flin Flon, but it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live now, so he gets points for proximity.

Thanks for making me feel so welcome on my first day everyone! See you next time!

love amb


About amb

Would rather spend time in TV land than Corporate World. Writes at and wishes she was more like Ingrid Bergman.
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34 Responses to Paulo Costanzo

  1. Dave says:

    Welcome aboard, Amb!

  2. No such thing as a token Canadian. We are the bomb. Everyone else is token lol. Welcome.

    • amb says:

      John, I like your style! 😉

      I see you’re a big fan of Canadian music – you and I are going to get along just fine!

      • You know us Canucks. We get along with most everyone lol. Followed your blog a d will stop by sometime soon. It be work time blecchhh

        • amb says:

          Fantastic! I’m thinking I may enlist your musical services and give Andrew a break from creating all of my Friday playlists – we’ll talk soon! In the meantime, good luck making it through the work day 🙂

  3. Liz says:

    enjoy your voice very much. Learned a lot this morning from reading your post–perhaps I now know all I need to know and can just go back to bed? (It may not be snowing in Minnesota, but it’s -14F. :-() Thanks for taking the helm today, amber. 🙂

    • amb says:

      Liz, what a lovely thing to say! Coming from a communications professional like yourself, I consider that quite a compliment 🙂

      I had to google “Farenheit to Celcius” to figure out your Minnesota temperature – holy bananas that’s cold! Sending some warm thoughts your way!

      It was my pleasure! But don’t thank me, thank the boys for letting me stretch my blogging-wings a bit!

  4. Loved your post. Welcome aboard. Thanks for bringing the word swoon back.

  5. Bonnie says:

    Nicely done Amb! You are off to a great start! Congrats to you! 🙂

  6. Arto says:

    This one’s fun to say…He should consider becoming a game show host, just so the announcer can say Paoooooooooolo Cos-tannnnnnnnnnn-zo!

    Welcome to the fold, Amb! There’s no shortage of funny names on TV so you should have material for a few of these 🙂

    • amb says:

      Yes! Or take up a professional sport of some kind, those announcers are always great at e-nun-ci-a-ting.

      Thanks for having me Arto!! I’m having all sorts of fun 🙂

  7. deborah says:

    that was fun! always a treat, amber 🙂

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  9. Be says:

    Flin Flon…. now there’s a whole blog entry of its own

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  14. amb says:

    Reblogged this on The Blog of Funny Names and commented:

    Hello, kittens! Turns out I was totally supposed to post today, but it’s the day after Canada Day, and I’m up here north of the 49th parallel recovering from an excess of … Canadiana. * So instead, I’m reblogging my very first post here at BoFN, which just so happens to feature a Canadian actor. Enjoy! xo amb
    * This is not really a thing. Let’s just say my holiday was a lot of fun, kittens.

  15. kerbey says:

    His name is like purported comedian Pauly Shore meets George Costanza from “Seinfeld,” except attractive and Canadian. And attractive. He seems so serious about his breakfast. If he says sausage patties, don’t bring him links. Things could get iffy.

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