Paul Marcarelli, that splits his time in between Brooklyn and also Connecticut, is ago on TV after a five-year hiatus.Jordan Matter
You most likely don’t recognize his surname — however if you’ve watched TV the past 15 year — and also lately, the Summer Olympics top top NBC — you definitely know his face.

You are watching: Can u hear me now guy

He’s Brooklyn’s Paul Marcarelli, far better known together the top “Can you Hear Me Now?” male in those Verizon TV ads that aired native 2001 to 2011.

Five year later, Marcarelli — one actor/writer/producer in his other life — is ago on TV, this time because that Sprint — and this time playing himself, with just a sly referral to his previous character (who was well-known as the “Test Man”).

(Verizon apparently paid Marcarelli $6,000 per advertisement for 20 come 40 ads a year. Sprint would certainly not divulge how much it’s paying him.)

Marcarelli, 46 — that divides his time in between Brooklyn (Williamsburg) and also Connecticut — answer a few questions for The Post.

Was there any type of reluctance come reprise a character favor the “Test Man”?

I think it’s a very different situation. The character i played every those years was recognizable and iconic — and also that’s not me. I’m just Paul. I walk my dogs and listen to podcasts through my husband and what acceleration was supplying me was different from noþeles I’d done before in almost 20 years in commercials. I gain to speak together myself, together a customer, and also I’m not playing a character, per se. Ns feel really comfortable attaching my name to something ns use and like and believe in — and also I wasn’t gift asked to be snarky or come denigrate the firm I once worked with.

Are friend sick of hearing “Can you Hear Me Now?”?

I think we all understand the nature that media — whatever has to have actually a hook or a means in. I totally understand the … and I additionally always construed that my acknowledgment from occupational in advertising is always going to be something that civilization reference. I don’t feeling the the very least bit bitter around it.

How walk you take care of all the attention?

I obtain that question quite a bit: Is it kind of favor a gilded cage? I just see it together an chance I’m really grateful for. Beforehand I knew there to be some points out the my control — specifically the way my photo was being provided publicly in commercials to sell something — however early on ns learned come divorce myself from any kind that ego response. I’m likewise glad the taken place when i was currently 30. If it taken place when i was 15 or 25, perhaps my relationship to that would have been different. I already had a head on mine shoulders and also I knew it to be a good opportunity the came through pitfalls. Ns was just going to roll through it and also not take it also seriously. I had functioned in sort of semi-obscurity because that the latter component of the ’90s doing occupational in nonprofit theatre in downtown new York — and also suddenly my confront was so carefully identified with a particular product … and also I was absolutely overwhelmed by that level that recognition. The was kind of like having actually a date of birth every day … yet the minute comes once you realize it is too much attention, that that ingredient is type of inconsequential. It’s how you live her life in private, just how you law people.

Marcarelli (left) working on his 2011 movie, “The Green,” v actor Jason servant Harner.

Can you tell me something around your private life?

I have two rescue pugs and also spend a many time with them and also a the majority of time in a quiet Connecticut town in Litchfield County. I’ve to be married for two years come Ryan Brown, who owns Ryan Brown Catering in Brooklyn. That a real new York story. We got married top top a earlier porch in Connecticut about two years back by a justice of the peace.

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What else are you working on in her “other” career?

I’ve been quietly writing and also producing independent films behind-the-scenes. Right now I’m super-excited around the 3rd in a collection of movies by Jenni Olson, an independent mountain Francisco filmmaker. Ns executive-produced her film “Royal Road,” which was screened in ~ Sundance and also the Film society of Lincoln Center. It’s being released ~ above digital and also DVD in September. I’m mainly interested in making films, functioning as a writer and producer on tasks that reflect the experience of the LGBT community.