In Sept 1969, I went on stage for my first time. So in Sept 2009, I will be celebrating my 40th year in Show Business. All my dreams have come true and, as the song goes, "The Best is Yet to Come." I continue to perform on stages all over the world, and I'm as excited about hearing your laughter today as I was the very first time. Medical science has proven that laughing has numerous health benefits, so I wish all of you lots of laughs all your life and urge you to "Keep Laughing, especially at me."
- Tom Dreesen
Tom Dreesen's unique and engaging style is tailored to the specific dynamics of each audience and his sense of continuity keeps the evening flowing smoothly and always on time whether he serves as a comedian, master of ceremonies or motivational speaker.
Daily Variety wrote, "Dreesen is one of the most respected comedians of our time".
Frank Sinatra said "Tommy is the "Master," Master of Ceremonies."
As a motivational speaker the L.A.Times wrote "Dreesen was UPLIFTING, ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE AND WELL PREPARED."
A consistent performer in all the main showrooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City and for 13 years toured the nation as the opening act for Frank Sinatra. When not in those venues he's in constant demand from corporations throughout America either as a headliner or working with acts from Bon Jovi to Elton John.
Tom has made over 500 appearances on national television as a standup comedian, including 61 appearances on the Tonight Show. He's a frequent and favorite guest of David Letterman and even hosted the show during David's absence. He's also hosted The Late, Late Show that follows Letterman.
Letterman once said on his show, "You can drop Tom out of a helicopter anywhere in the world and as soon as he hits the ground he'll quickly assess the situation and do a top notch show. He's that talented." Letterman and Dreesen recently performed together for our troops on bases throughout Iraq.
He has written and performs in a one-man play called "Shining Shoes and Sinatra" which opens with him shining shoes in a bar with Sinatra on the jukebox, and ends with him carrying Frank's coffin.
Growing up in a suburb on the South side of Chicago, Tom has never forgotten his early, less affluent days. He has come a along way from his hometown of Harvey, Illinois where as a lad he shined shoes and sold newspapers on the corner. That suburb has since honored him by naming the street after Tom.