Creative Minds Tom Riles

Episode 22 – Tom Riles from Life of Dad and The Ellen Show

This week we were privileged to speak with the warm up comic for The Ellen Show and Life of Dad co-founder, Tom Riles! We had a great chat about Tom’s journey from an intern at the Conan O’Brien to working as the warm up comic for shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Ellen DeGeneres.

Tom gives me permission to crush former Mets star, Dwight Gooden, in the Life of Dad fantasy football league. We also discuss Tom’s daughter’s battle with congenital heart disease and the series of events that led to the creation of Life of Dad, the first social network for dads.

Finally, we get into Tom’s career, including his time with the Groundlings, running the live auction at Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Dinner and a great behind the scenes look at The Ellen Show, including his epic ping pong showdown with Justin Bieber.

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