energy and unique observations of everyday life are just
two things Orange County, CA comedian Tom Riehl has been
catching people’s eye with throughout his comedy career.
His odd, yet honest way of looking at life has made him
a favorite among comedy club audiences throughout the
U.S. An unassuming look, coupled with a hard-hitting
delivery allows Tom to talk about many off beat subjects
that most people only think about.
Tom grew up in a small
rural town in eastern Pennsylvania aptly named, Easton.
By all accounts, he never should have been a stand-up
comic. His parents never divorced; there was no drug or
alcohol abuse, no eating disorders and no therapy. As a
matter of fact, life was great. At nineteen Tom moved to
the West Coast to pursue a music career and a girl named
Ellen. Neither worked out. After working many years in
the corporate world, Tom decided to pursue a dream he
had since his early teens. Making people laugh. He
enrolled in a number of comedy workshops which
eventually led to open mic nights throughout Orange
County and Los Angeles.
only six months of performing stand up, Tom began
producing and emceeing comedy shows at a large hotel
chain in southern California. During that time, he
continued performing in clubs, hotels, and colleges
which eventually led to an audition on ABC’s America’s
Funniest People. His creation of Subservient Suzie,
America’s first politically incorrect talking doll,
landed him a spot on the show and a $3,000 prize.
Soon after that Tom began
producing and hosting the outrageous, off-the-wall,
cable cooking show
which is still seen throughout the U.S. and many online
sites. By combining a love of cooking with an amusing
way of looking at food, Tom created an exciting
alternative to watching an over saturated market of
mediocre cooking shows. During that time he was selected
to be part of the Food Network’s special presentation
entitled “Funniest Food TV” which included over a dozen
clips of his hilarious show.
Tom has worked with a variety of
performers including comedians Bob Saget, Paula
Poundstone, Alonzo Bodden, Shawn Wayans, and James P.
Connolly as well as musical acts Berlin, Three Dog Night
and David Pack of Ambrosia.
many years he toured with the Laff Pack, five
long time friends who had been doing stand-up comedy for
over twenty years. He has been a finalist in “Orange
County’s Funniest Person Contest” numerous times and
recently won “Best Clean Comic” in the Eagle Rock Comedy
Festival in Los Angeles.
Currently Tom produces a monthly comedy show in southern
California as well as teaches a stand-up comedy workshop
Students of Stand-up. He has also launched a
Riehl Food, which is currently producing half
hour cooking shows.
SOME NOTABLE PAST PROJECTS
FOOD RULES -
Originating from Los Angeles, CA, FOOD RULES is an
outrageously funny, off-the-wall cooking show that
takes the old, tired format of cooking shows and
turns it inside out. Each week the show takes TV
viewers on an unforgettable journey through Tom's
kitchen as he prepares and cooks a variety of
familiar and not so familiar recipes with the
greatest of unease. Unlike cooking shows of the
past and present, FOOD RULES allow their viewers
to witness and relate to the real-life perils of
trying to prepare an actual recipe from start to
finish. The show offers simplicity to cooking that
no other show has yet to achieve.
Food Rules website
AND DIRTY -
radio talk show that combines expert advice on
relationships, sexual titillating subject matter
and lots of humor.
THE LAFF PACK -
love of stand-up comedy has kept them working in
the business for many years, their dedication to
it brought them together as The
Laff Pack. Four distinct personalities (Vince
Harper, Julie Kidd and Cindy Burns)
of comedy with one common goal...to have fun! A
unique blend of stand-up comedy, music, dance and
video production, The Laff Pack is much more than
just a stand-up comedy show.
CORPORATE CLIENT ROSTER
"Wow - what a show you put on for the firefighters last
night. You put so much into the show and I really wanted
you to know how much we all appreciate everything you
did to make the show happen."
Orange County Fire Authority
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never done anything like this before. We'd love to see
it incorporated every year."
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
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"Thanks again Tom. The evening was a
huge success. Everyone had a great time . . . Thank you!"
Director of Operations
STRAW HAT RESTAURANTS, INC.