Raised in Arizona before moving to Australia in 1992, American stand-up star Tommy Dean occupies the top echelons of Australia’s headline comedy artists.
With his astute observational style and pleasantly soothing drawl, Tommy is consistently making him a standout favourite with theatre audiences, corporate clients, festival producers, TV and radio shows alike. His pin-sharp banter, genial manner and vast stock of hilarious routines with broad appeal, Tommy never fails to connect with and impress any audience.
Tommy’s impressive media CV includes appearances on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Stand Up Australia, Rove Live and The Sideshow as well as multiple appearances on Just For Laughs Sydney’s Stand-up Series and Australia: Live – filmed for the Comedy Channel at the Sydney Opera House. He was booked to perform to an empty Sydney Opera House during Sydney’s first lockdown in a very special streamed event, Humour Us.
With a career that has him consistently booked as the go-to audience warm-up for cerebral comedy TV shows; including the very popular QandA, Gruen Planet, Gruen Transfer and the Prime Minister’s Australian of the Year awards ceremony, Tommy has performed in the leading comedy clubs in the USA, New Zealand, Europe and South East Asia and is an in-demand headliner across the Australian live comedy circuit.
Tommy can be heard regularly on ABC 702 radio, where he is a frequent guest on Richard Glover’s Thank God It’s Friday drive show – and an unexpected temporary move back to the US in late 2019 saw Tommy sending in a weekly ‘Letter from America’ for the show, which has proven to be a huge hit with listeners who adore his knack for interweaving the foibles of his adopted Australia with the dark reality of his home country.
This affable, ageless American with the rock god long hair and booming deep drawl is loved by young and old – to watch him find the funny in the mundane along with the bizarre of our day-to-day existences is always an absolute joy.
Smarts, skill and witThe Age
A consummate master of timingAustralian Stage
Tommy Dean is awesomeFoxtel
Tommy presented a great performance, the audience loved his humour. He certainly did some research on our organisation to pull this off, which contributed to the many congratulatory emails we received the next week!Rail Track
Tommy was great and the crowd loved him!NSW Teacher’s Federation