When you talk about icons in Comedy, the list would not be complete without the hilarious institution that is Tom Dreesen. Tom Dreesen has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more then 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He is a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. For 14 years he toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra, and has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City with artists like Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tom has acted in numerous television shows – from Columbo to Murder She Wrote – and appeared in motion pictures including Man on the Moon and Spaceballs. He has recorded comedy albums, starred in his own TV comedy special, Dreesen Street, and hosted a late night talk show in Chicago, Night Time Starring Tom Dreesen. He is currently appearing to rave reviews around the country in his one-man show “An Evening Of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra.”
Dreesen’s comic style is down-to-earth, warm and unpretentious. Daily Variety called him “a thorough pro… one of the most respected family comedians of our time.” Larry Wilde ,author of The Great Comedians said about Tom’s performances. “Excellent Material, Impeccable Timing, Tom Dreesen is the Quintessential Comedian.” Frank Sinatra, who called himself a “saloon singer,” characterized Dreesen as a “saloon comedian.” “We’re a couple of neighborhood kind of guys,” said Sinatra.
Dreesen has also made an indelible mark with his philanthropic activities. For 30 years he has lent his talent to over 100 charities, and founded a “Day for Darlene” to bene?t Multiple Sclerosis Research. He ran 26 miles on three occasions for the event, which is named for his late sister who was af?icted with MS.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with a true comedy legend after his appearance on Letterman the night before to talk about his incredible one man show “An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra” that will be debuting at Feinstein’s At Loews Regency on Sunday (I’ve Linked here for tickets to go see this!), what it was like to be friends with and perform with the GOAT Sinatra, his friendship with and appearances on Letterman and Carson, the difference between today’s comics and his generation, and sooo much more!! Tom is one of the best comics ever, and it was amazing to see the reaction from one of the hottest comics currently, Jo Koy from Chelsea Lately, when he found out Tom was coming into my studio because he was so excited! Enjoy Kade Nation because it doesn’t get any better then this!!
And here is the legendary Tom Dreesen on Letterman the night before sitting down with me to promote his one man show!!