Tommy Pope

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Tommy Pope
Born (1979-11-21) November 21, 1979 (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
MediumStand-up, sketch, television
GenresObservational comedy, sketch comedy
Notable works and rolesComedy Central, Delco Proper, Funny or Die, National Lampoon, Planes, Deer Prom

Thomas Joseph Papa[1] (born November 21, 1979), best known by his stage name, Tommy Pope, is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor.[2] He is known for his work in Funny or Die and National Lampoon.[3] Pope is also known for co-creating the comedy group, Deer Prom, which was previously known as BirdText.[4] He also provided some voiceover work for the 2013 Disney film, Planes.[5][6][7] Pope is also starring in the Comedy Central web series, Delco Proper.[8][9][10]


Tommy Pope was born on November 21, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Drexel University in 2006.[11] He first started doing stand-up at a bar in Delaware,[12] and later at Philly's Helium Comedy Club during open mic nights in early 2011.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] Pope made his television debut on AXS TV Gotham Comedy Live in 2012.[16][17]

On August 31, 2011, Pope won the name of "Philly's Phunniest Comic" at Helium Comedy Club.[18][19] In 2013, Pope had appeared in a comedy skit alongside Steve Martin on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[20] 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.[21][22][23]

In November 2014, Pope's comedy group, Deer Prom, performed at the New York Comedy Festival.[24][25][26][27]


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