Tom Gleeson is one of Australia’s favourite comedians. You may have seen him on Good News Week, The 7pm Project, Thank God You’re Here or the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. It’s hard to turn on the television and not see the man. He is the cool, calm, funny bugger behind every desk on every panel show doing the rounds. However, it is performing live on stage where he really shines.
As a stand up, there is not much Tom hasn’t done. He has performed at all three major comedy festivals in Melbourne, Edinburgh and Montreal several times. He’s been nominated for a Helpmann Award and he won the Piece of Wood Comedian’s Choice Award at the 2008 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
He has also performed at the Sydney Opera House, every capital city in Australia, London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Jakarta as well as entertaining the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also selected to perform as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Tom has been published by UNSW Press with his book Playing Poker with the SAS: A Comedy Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. This follows up his story The Italian Job. It appears in Take Me With You a collection of tales of long distance love edited by Sarah MacDonald for Random House.
“People were literally holding their stomachs and rocking with laughter during Gleeson’s show. The audience was hooked and honking with laughter.” Adelaide Advertiser
“His wit is lethal.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Tall-tale-telling manner that constantly engages.” The Age – Melbourne