People often ask comedians if they got started as the Class Clown.
Usually the answer is "no." However in the case of Tom Ryan it
turns out to be true. When he was in eighth grade, his classmates actually voted him the
class clown. "I would have preferred the term 'class comedian'."
At the time, his favorite comedians were Bill
Woody Allen and George Carlin. He listened to
& AM" album over and
over again until he had it completely memorized. One day during recess he recited the
entire album for a crowd of about 40 classmates. It was at that moment that he realized
that he wanted to be a stand-up comedian.
At 26, he left an insurance job in his hometown of Philadelphia to move
to Florida where he got a job at a local golf course. The job lasted only 3 weeks. Ryan
says, "Losing that job was the best thing that ever happened to me because it forced
me to confront exactly what I wanted to do with my life." He took a job as a
doorman at the newly opened Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach. It was the lowest paying but
most valuable job he ever had. It provided him with a complete comedy education watching
acts such as Jerry Seinfeld, Paula Poundstone, Kevin Meaney and Bill Hicks.
It was not long before Tom made his stage debut. Within two years he was
working full time as a comedian. Since then Tom Ryan has worked steadily at comedy clubs,
concert venues, corporate functions and colleges across the U.S.. He has also made
national television appearances on Showtime, A&E and Comedy Central. He has performed
as the opening act in concert for B.B. King, Tim Allen, Steven
Wright, Natalie Cole and
Dennis Miller just to name a few.
His original style makes it easy for him to write for special events. He
has contributed monologue jokes to the award winning "Politically Incorrect with Bill
Maher" and regularly headlines corporate events for companies ranging from Coca-Cola
to Church and Dwight.
Tom believes that the best comedy comes from the most unlikely sources.
Here is an example from his act: "I was driving around the other day and my oil light
came on. But that little symbol looks nothing like an oil can. When it first came on I
thought well, apparently my car is low on gravy."
Tom Ryan may be available for your next special event.
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