Tom Ryan has been a full time standup comedian for over fifteen years and has made three appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Since he was about
10 years old, Tom wanted to be a standup comedian. The first standup
comedy he ever heard was Bill Cosby's debut album that contained the
famous Noah routine. Over the next few years, he also became a fan of
David Brenner, Woody Allen and George Carlin. He listened to Carlin's
"FM and AM" album over and over again until he had it completely memorized.
He used to recite the entire album to whoever would listen.
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, Dennis Miller and Bill Hicks.
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's unique ability to customize material has made him a frequent reqeuested act on the Corporate Comedy Circuit.