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Tom Papa is an American comedian, actor and TV and radio host known for his many TV and film appearances.

Early life

Tom Papa was born November 10, 1967 in Passaic, New Jersey, and grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. He graduated from Pascack Hills High School in 1986 and then from Rider University.



Tom Papa started his stand-up career in New York City in 1993 playing open mics and hosting at the Stand Up New York comedy club. Papa got his first big break when he was hand-picked by comedian Jerry Seinfeld to perform on his tour.

He has recorded two stand up specials for Comedy Central, and has thirteen appearances on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005 he released his debut comedy album Calm, Cool, & Collected. He is a frequent guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Show with David Letterman and The Opie & Anthony Show. His one man show Only Human opened at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2008.

In 2011 he recorded a one hour stand-up special, Tom Papa Live in New York City at the Union Square Theater, directed by Rob Zombie. The special appeared on Comedy Central on January 8, 2012.


In 2010 Papa began hosting of NBC's The Marriage Ref, which ran for two seasons. He is also the host of Come to Papa, a weekly radio show on Sirius XM 99 where Papa interviews comedians and artists about their creative lives.

He played opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 film The Informant! He also played the title character of El Superbeasto and starred opposite Paul Giamatti in the Rob Zombie animated feature The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. He played himself in Comedian, and lent his voice to the animated feature Bee Movie.

His other TV appearances include a recurring role on The New Adventures of Old Christine, VH1's I Love the '70s, I Love the '80s, and I Love the '90s series.


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Bee Movie,

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto,

The Life Coach,

Analyze That,


The Informant!,


Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (Unknown episodes, 2002),

Come to Papa (4 episodes, 2004),

The New Adventures of Old Christine (2 episodes, 2008),

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,

Late Show with David Letterman,

Late Night with Conan O'Brien,

Comedy Central Presents,

The Jay Leno Show (September 17, 2009),

The Marriage Ref (2010),

Today (2011),

Conan (2012)