Tom Papa

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Tom Papa
Born (1968-11-10) November 10, 1968 (age 46)
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Comedian, actor, producer, writer
Years active 1993–present

Tom Papa (born November 10, 1968) is an American comedian, actor, writer and television/radio host.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Papa was born November 10, 1968 in Passaic, New Jersey, and grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey and later Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, where he graduated from Pascack Hills High School in 1986.[3]

He is a graduate of Rider University.


Stand-up comedy[edit]

Tom Papa's most recent stand-up "Freaked Out" aired on Epix and Netflix in July 2013. Tom has recorded three stand up specials for Comedy Central, the most recent of which is the one hour stand-up special, Tom Papa Live in New York City that was shot at the Union Square Theater and directed by Rob Zombie. The special appeared on Comedy Central on January 8, 2012. Tom has thirteen appearances on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005 he released his debut comedy album Calm, Cool, & Collected. He is a frequent guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Late Show with David Letterman. His one man show Only Human opened to rave reviews at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

Tom started his stand-up career in New York City in 1993 playing open mics and hosting at the Stand Up New York comedy club. Papa got his first big break when he was hand-picked by comedian Jerry Seinfeld to perform on his tour after meeting at the Comedy Cellar in New York.


Tom is the host of the popular hit Sirius/XM show Come to Papa that airs on channel 99. The weekly program has attracted some of the biggest names in comedy including Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Dick Cavett, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld.


Tom completed the role of Ray Arnett alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra which aired on HBO on May 26, 2013. This is his second film with director Steven Soderbergh.

He played opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 film The Informant! He also played the title character of El Superbeasto and starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the Rob Zombie animated feature The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. He played himself in Comedian, and lent his voice to the animated feature Bee Movie.

In 2010 Papa began hosting of NBC's The Marriage Ref,[4] which ran for two seasons.

His other TV appearances include a recurring role on The New Adventures of Old Christine, VH1's I Love the '70s, I Love the '80s, and I Love the '90s series. He is currently one of three hosts, (including Michael Ian Black and Seth Herzog), on National Geographic Channel's US version of the British game show Duck Quacks Don't Echo.[5]






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