Tom Gleeson

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Tom Gleeson
Tom Gleeson - 2011 Australian Grand Prix.jpg
Born (1974-06-02) June 2, 1974 (age 42)
Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia
Residence Romsey, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Physics)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Stand-up comedian
Years active 1996 – present
Spouse(s) Ellie Parker

Tom Gleeson (born 2 June 1974) is an Australian stand-up comedian and radio presenter.

Early life[edit]

Gleeson was born in Gunnedah, New South Wales before moving to Sydney at a young age. He attended St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, graduating from the Catholic GPS school in 1991. Over the next six years, Gleeson studied at the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics.[1]

During his degree, Gleeson moved into the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was a part of a four-piece Australian band called The Fantastic Leslie, along with Andrew Hansen from The Chaser, Cameron Bruce from The Sideshow, and James Fletcher. Gleeson played the drums and occasionally vocals.



In 2003 and 2004, as a young man, the red-haired Gleeson appeared Network Ten's sketch comedy program skitHOUSE where he played various characters including the Australian Fast Bowler, a parody of Dennis Lillee.

He is a regular on the Seven Network's The Morning Show, on which he appears every Friday morning and a regular panelist on Ten's The 7pm Project and Good News Week. He has also made guest appearances on Seven's Sunrise and Thank God You're Here, on ABC-TV's The Sideshow and The Glass House on Nine's Big Questions and on Ten's Rove. In 2006, he won Australia's Brainiest Radio Star and in 2008 Gleeson was a panelist on the short-lived Big Brother's Big Mouth. He also did TV commercials for Red Rooster.

In 2013 Gleeson co-hosted This Week Live, an Australian comedy chat show, with Tommy Little, Dave Thornton and Meshel Laurie.

In 2015 Gleeson appeared on the ABC satirical television news programme The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, hosting the segments "This Is What You Think" and "Hard Chat".[2][3] In 2016, he began presenting Hard Quiz, a spin-off of his "Hard Chat" segment from The Weekly.


Gleeson has also performed at the major comedy galas including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He also did television appearance on The Comedy Channel's Comedy Slapdown.

In December 2007, Gleeson entertained Australian troops on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wrote of his experience in his book Playing Poker with the SAS: A comedy tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, which was published in October 2008.[4]

Two of Gleeson's stand up shows, TOM ON! and UP HIMSELF were nominated for the Helpmann award. He was also chosen by Louis C.K. to be his support act for his Australian Tour.


Until 2009, he was heard on Mix 101.1 in Melbourne presenting the breakfast program Mix Mornings with Brigitte Duclos. He was replaced by Lehmo in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Gleeson resides in Romsey, Victoria with his wife Ellie Parker and their two children.


  1. ^ Gleeson, Tom (25 November 2009). "Tom Gleeson's myspace paget". Retrieved 28 November 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Kalina, Paul (2015-05-29). "Tom Gleeson on the science of being funny, why he's got a good face for TV and his love of a rant". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Mia, do you sometimes feel like you're running out of things to be outraged about?". mUmBRELLA. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  4. ^ Turner, Tonya (25 February 2009). "Tom Gleeson rediscovers comedy on mission for Diggers". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 

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