‘RJ Berger’ Actor Paul Iacono Moonlights as Party Promoter


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Paul Iacono, whose busy acting schedule makes way for his night life.

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Kate Owen for The New York Times

Age 28

Hometown Secaucus, N.J.

Now Lives At his aunt’s three-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side, while subletting his own two-bedroom apartment in NoLIta. “It’s only because I’m going back and forth to Los Angeles so much,” Mr. Iacono said.

Claim to Fame The former star of MTV’s “Hard Times of RJ Berger,” which ran for two seasons starting in 2010, Mr. Iacono continues to pursue acting while also moonlighting as a club promoter, hosting a Wednesday-night party at the Rumpus Room on the Lower East Side, which draws a fashionable gay crowd.

Big Break Raised as a child actor, he booked his first major role in the 2009 remake of “Fame,” which took him to Los Angeles. After the movie wrapped, he read for MTV’s first scripted show. He got the lead part, but almost turned it down. “I thought, ‘I’m going to be in “Fame,” I’m going to be a movie star.’” But he took the part, thinking it would be insurance. As it turned out, the MTV show was a hit and the film a flop.

Latest Project For nearly a year, Mr. Iacono has been a co-host of Hump, a party every other Wednesday at the Rumpus Room on Eldridge Street that was named one of the top gay dance parties by New York Magazine. Among those spotted there include Andy Cohen of Bravo, the designer Alexander Wang and Mickey Boardman of Paper magazine. Mr. Iacono credits his night-life foray to Erich Conrad, who ran Beige, the long-running Tuesday night party at the Bowery Bar. “Beige was my introduction to night life,” Mr. Iacono said. This led to working with Mr. Conrad at PrettyUgly, a now-defunct party at the Diamond Horseshoe.

Next Thing Mr. Iacono is preparing for a new downtown party called Peachy Keen with a ’70s disco focus. On the acting front, he’s had a busy year wrapping three indie features, including “Baked in Brooklyn,” set for release this month. He has also been writing a play inspired by his friendship with Elaine Stritch called “The Last Great Dame.”

Most Epic Onstage Memory At 11, while starring with Ms. Stritch in a concert version of “Sail Away” at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Iacono fell and broke his wrist just before curtain. “Stritch said: ‘Look Paul. I’ve gone out there with twisted ankles and fractured ribs. Your little limp wrist won’t kill you.’ So she gives me half a codeine and she goes, ‘If you make it to intermission, I’ll give you the other half.’” He did, and they both received a standing ovation.

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