November 21, 1979|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, sketch, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, sketch comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Comedy Central, Delco Proper, Funny or Die, National Lampoon, Planes, Deer Prom|
Thomas Joseph Papa (born November 21, 1979), best known by his stage name, Tommy Pope, is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He is known for his work in Funny or Die and National Lampoon. Pope is also known for co-creating the comedy group, Deer Prom, which was previously known as BirdText. He also provided some voiceover work for the 2013 Disney film, Planes. Pope is also starring in the Comedy Central web series, Delco Proper.
Tommy Pope was born on November 21, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Drexel University in 2006. He first started doing stand-up at a bar in Delaware, and later at Philly's Helium Comedy Club during open mic nights in early 2011. However, being that he was new to the comedy field during that time, he found it difficult to book shows to perform his act, so he had a part-time job as a cashier at Home Depot during his struggles. Eventually, after he became able to finally book some comedy shows, he quit working at retail and was able to live off the money that he made from his stand-up acts. Pope made his television debut on AXS TV Gotham Comedy Live in 2012.
On August 31, 2011, Pope won the name of "Philly's Phunniest Comic" at Helium Comedy Club. In 2013, Pope had appeared in a comedy skit alongside Steve Martin on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. During the eighth season of Last Comic Standing, Pope was a contestant on the show and made it to the "Top 100 Comics" list of that particular season.