Learning hard lessons on the production line set the wheels in motion to pursue a career on the comedy stage.
For Michigan comedian, Tom E. Thompson he has been around the comedy scene since a young age, as his dad Wolf worked on the production line at General Motors then would hit the stage occasionally on weekends to tell jokes.
Following right behind in his dad’s footsteps, Thompson tried working at General Motors for around three years, but quickly realized that it wasn’t for him. On some of Thompson’s stand up shows, he will rely on his dad to open up for his headliner shows.
“I realized after a short amount of time that production work wasn’t for me and it made me try harder to become a full time comedian,” Thompson pointed out.
Thompson describes his stand up comedy style as more PG-13, but sometimes pushing the needle towards being “R” rated with some of his material.
“I’m more of a step-dad that is trying to become a family oriented person, that still enjoys having a few drinks,” Thompson said.
Looking into the future, Thompson would like to become a touring headliner that fills rooms and theaters across North America. Thompson is quick to explain that he considers himself to be more of a club comedian.
“I’m not looking to become a movie star on TV,” Thompson said. “I would like to be a comedian that makes the connection with the audience through my stand up performances. Every night is a different experience. I do my best to change it up and make every show something special for the audience.”
Currently, in between selling Harley Davidson motorcycles during the warmer months, Thompson is fully committed to improving and making the jump to the next level as a stand up comic.
Thompson acknowledges that he is looking forward to performing in Windsor, ON at Haddon’s Comedy Club this weekend. It is his first time making the trip to Windsor to provide some laughs to a Canadian audience.
“For starters I hope I can get across the border with no issues,” Thompson said while laughing. “I hope everyone makes me feel welcome, as I work on getting better as a comedian and perfecting my craft.”
Come out and give a warm Canadian welcome toTom E. Thompson this weekend at Haddon’s Comedy Club in the lower level of Rockhead Pub at 1444 Ottawa St in Windsor, ON.
He has shows beginning on Friday night at 9 p.m. and two shows on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 cash at the door, if you prefer to purchase your tickets in advance click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haddons-comedy-club-presents-tom-e-thompson-tickets-61385711315 to have them in hand before taking in a night of comedy. See you at the shows!