250 – Tom Dreesen of Sherman Oaks, CA Legendary Stand-Up Comedian & Life Coach Shares His Inspiring Story – Part 1
Our special guest this week is the legendary stand-up comedian, Tom Dreesen of Sherman Oaks, CA, father of three and outspoken advocate for father involvement.
Tom has appeared on stage with presidents and show-biz royalty, including most famously, as the long-time opening act for the chairman of the board, Frank Sinatra.
Tom’s made more than 500 TV appearances often as a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Late Show with David Letterman and hosted the show in David’s absence.
Tom also has a number of acting credits, including the following television series: Columbo, WKRP in Cincinnati and Murder, She Wrote, and in such films as Spaceballs, The Rat Pack and Trouble with the Curve. Starting in 2013 he began appearing around the country in a one man show called “An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra.”
He is also the author two books Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White and more recently a memoir entitled: Still Standing…My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra.
Tom’s been a long-time friend of our host David Hirsch and the two got together recently to talk about Tom’s life work and about the supreme importance that fathers hold in our society.
It’s a funny, entertaining and heartwarming conversation which we’ll hear in two parts on The Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast.
In part one, this week, we’ll hear about Tom’s early life, in Harvey, IL, including how his uncle was actually his biological father and why he kept that secret for more than 50 years. We also learn about how Tom got his start as a comedian teaming up with Tim Reid for the first (and only) black and white comedy team.
Show Notes –
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-dreesen-2b27b4b/
Still Standing: My Journey From Streets & Saloons To The Stage & Sinatra – https://www.amazon.com/Still-Standing-Journey-Streets-Saloons/dp/163758394X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3F8ZIEZ3X8TF4&keywords=Tom+Dreesen+books&qid=1682078486&sprefix=tom+dreesen+books%2Caps%2C133&sr=8-2
Tim & Tom: An American Comedy In Black & White – https://www.amazon.com/Tim-Tom-American-Comedy-Black/dp/0226709000/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3F8ZIEZ3X8TF4&keywords=Tom+Dreesen+books&qid=1682078604&sprefix=tom+dreesen+books%2Caps%2C133&sr=8-4
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dreesen