February 25th, 2012

Ep. 86 | Tom Dreesen

Legendary Comedian & Entertainer Tom Dreesen drops by The Matthew Aaron Show LIVE from Detroit Coney Dog LA on Monday. Tom will be discussing his incredible career, what it was like working with Frank Sinatra, and what’s up next for this tireless performer.

Show starts Monday (Feb 27th) at 4:00pm PT (6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET). If you’re in the L.A. area stop by and see us, otherwise stream the live show from our website or subscribe for free and download it on iTunes.

In September 1969, Tom Dreesen went on stage for the first time. According to Tom, “All of my dreams have come true and as the song goes, “The Best Is Yet to Come”.

A consistent performer in all the main showrooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City, for 13 years Tom 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.

He has written and performs a one-man show titled “An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra”, a retrospective of his life as a stand-up comedian, and memories of his touring with Frank Sinatra that opens with him as a young boy shining shoes in a bar while Sinatra is singing on the jukebox, and ends with him many years later as a pallbearer at Frank’s funeral.

Growing up in a suburb on the South side of Chicago, Tom has never forgotten his early, less affluent days. He has come a long 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 a street after Tom.

Dreesen gives generously of his time helping struggling comics and devoting a great deal of time to charities and benefits. He founded a “Day for Darlene”, to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research. The occasion is named for his late sister who was afflicted with the disease. An ex GI, Tom performs on military bases all over the world and recently performed for our troops on bases throughout Iraq. On May 15, 2005 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award for his humanitarian services to his country.

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.

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