Tom Dreesen

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Biography

As master of ceremonies, he has been praised for his enormous contribution to the success of any program, and he has been referred to as the "Master" of Master of Ceremonies. Tom's approach to every program is to get a clear understanding of the specific dynamics of the audience and the organization in mind. Tom Dreesen's name has appeared on the marquees of Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Atlantic City, with artists like the late Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole, and the late Sammy Davis, Jr.

Dreesen, who opened for Frank Sinatra for over 13 years in club and concert appearances throughout the U.S. and Canada, has also appeared in many network television shows, including over 50 appearances on the The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as guest roles on T.V. shows like Columbo, Gabriel's Fire, and Murder She Wrote, among others.

To show his versatility, Tom recorded a comedy album, That White Boy's Crazy, before an all-black audience and starred in a home video production entitled Tackling Football. He also starred in his own television comedy special, Dreesen Street, and he hosted a late night talk show from Chicago, Night Time Starring Tom Dreesen.

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Tom has never forgotten his early, less affluent days. He has come a long way from his home town in Illinois, but he has never strayed too far from his old neighborhood since a street near his south Chicago suburb was named after him.

Dreesen gives generously of his time, helping struggling comics and devoting a great deal of time to charities and benefits. Each year he organizes a "Day For Darlene," a series of celebrity events to raise money to help fight multiple sclerosis. This occasion is named for his late sister who was afflicted with the disease.

His clean-cut appearance and topical material, his boy-next-door style, and his warm and personable nature explain his wide appeal. The late Frank Sinatra, who prided himself as being a "saloon singer," characterized Dreesen as a "saloon comedian." "By that," Frank explained, "we're a couple of neighborhood kind of guys".

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