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With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country. He’s found success as an actor and host in film, TV, radio and podcasts, as well as on the live stage. and as an author.

The comedian has had five highly rated stand-up specials on Netflix, including the recent special, “What A Day!” The special was taped at the iconic Wilbur Theatre in Boston.

His other critically acclaimed specials include ”Human Mule,” ”Freaked Out,” and ”Tom Papa Live in New York City,” two of which were directed by Rob Zombie.

In 2023, Tom released his highly anticipated third book, “We’re All In This Together… So Make Some Room.” The book compiles comedic essays that aim to unite us through our stupidity. Every mistake has already been made, and this should bring us great comfort as we join together in our fight for survival—or at least in our attempt to get through the day. Whether we like it or not, we’re all in this together.

In 2020, he released his second book, “You’re Doing Great! – And Other Reasons To Stay Alive,” which was the follow-up to “Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas,” both released by St Martin’s Press, making summer must-read lists from Parade to New York Post. Tom is also a contributing writer to The New Yorker.

Tom is the host of the weekly podcast “Breaking Bread with Tom Papa,” which features Tom and his guest eating, drinking, and celebrating the true meaning of breaking bread with insightful, revealing and always funny conversations. He also hosts the popular daily Netflix radio show, ”What A Joke With Papa And Fortune“ on Sirius XM Channel 93 and the monthly show, “Come To Papa Live” on Channel 94.

On the film and TV front, Tom has starred in many fan-favorites including ”Paper Spiders” opposite Lily Taylor, ”The Informant” opposite Matt Damon, ”Analyze That” opposite Robert DeNiro, and ”The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” opposite Paul Giamatti, where Tom played the voice of El Superbeasto. He can also be seen alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and won 11 Emmy awards. He hosted the NBC series “The Marriage Ref,” which ran for two seasons and had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

When Tom’s not on the road, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, a cat, and dog, and he spends most of his time writing and baking bread. For more info on Tom, go to www.tompapa.com.

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