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Looking for laughs? Come to (Tom) Papa

By Keegan Prosser on April 27, 2012 – No Comment

He’s neat, he’s tailored – and he’s very funny.

Tom Papa will bring his clean-cut look and comedy to the Parlor Live Comedy Club from May 17-19.

Papa, who was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey kid, has become a multi-faceted performer. He’s a veteran stand-up comedian who night owls will recall his numerous appearances on “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”

He’s also had two stand-up specials on Comedy Central. His most recent, “Tom Papa Live in New York City”

As a veteran stand-up comedian, Papa has recorded two stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Rob Zombie directed his next special, “Tom Papa Live in New York City,” was available for download in January.

He’s also made fans for his reoccurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and his own show “Come to Papa.”

He also was chosen specifically by Jerry Seinfeld to serve as host of NBC’s “The Marriage Ref.” Speaking of Seinfeld, Papa has for years been the comedian’s opening act, testimony to the type of performance Papa brings to the state. Seinfeld is one of the few comedians to work “clean,” without resorting to off-color language.

If all of that wasn’t enough, Papa is like many comedians who have gotten roles in movies. He starred opposite Matt Damon in “The Informant.” That also was him starring opposite Paul Giamatti in the animated feature, “The Haunted World of El Super Beasto,” as the voice of El Super Beasto. In addition, he had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature “Bee Movie.” He also received a screen credit for his writing in the film “Analyze That” that starred Robert DeNiro.

Like Seinfeld, and also Bill Cosby, Papa finds his humor from observing his own life as a family man.

Like almost everyone these days, Papa has a Twitter page – another source for people looking for a funny take on life. Consider some of these recent observational gems:

“We should be more frightened of cemeteries in our towns than we are.:

“Planes turn me into a sissy. Misty eyed watching ‘we bought a zoo’.”

“If Hula Hoop is now a sport, my six-year-old better stop screwing around.”

“I’m making a new pet out of dryer lint.”

“To feel like a kid again I bought baseball cards and a new cap with money I stole from my mom’s purse.”

Parlor Live Comedy Club is located at at Lincoln Tower, 700 Bellevue Way NE in Downtown Bellevue.