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Growing up in New Jersey, Tom Papa first realized he wanted to be a comedian when at a very early age he heard Steve Martin’s comedy album, “Let’s Get Small.” Comedy became an addiction which he perfected in clubs throughout New York City.
Tom got his first big break with his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special and was hand-picked by Jerry Seinfeld as an opening act on his tour, which continues to this day. In March of 2004, Tom created, produced and starred in his own sitcom for NBC called “Come to Papa.”
A familiar face to late night television, Papa has made numerous appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Show with David Letterman.
In December of 2005, Tom independently released his first live comedy CD, “Calm Cool and Collected,” which is available through his website.
As an actor, Papa starred opposite Matt Damon in the Soderbergh film, “The Informant,” and he stars opposite Paul Giamatti in the animated feature, “The Haunted World of El Super Beasto,” as the voice of El Super Beasto. He additionally had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature “Bee Movie” and also was a writer on the project. Among his other big screen credits are the films “Analyze That” opposite Robert DeNiro, and “Comedian.” On television last year, Papa had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Currently, Tom is filming the HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.”
Tom Papa was personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to serve as host of NBC’s “The Marriage Ref” and has toured with him for the past eight years. As a veteran standup comedian, Papa has recorded two standup specials on Comedy Central and Rob Zombie (Halloween and Halloween II 2007 and 2009) directed his current special which premiered on Comedy Central in January.
When not touring the country, Tom lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and family.
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