'Voted 'Best New Comic' in 1980 by the New York Daily News, Tommy Koenig has been delighting audiences for almost 40 years and still going strong. He cut his teeth in rooms like Dangerfields, The Copacabana and The Playboy Club, where he opened for Jazz greats like Lionel Hampton, James Coco and Damita Jo. He was one of the first of the new breed of comics that colonized the nation and ushered in the modern-day comedy club circuit.
Along with his frequent appearances on stand-up comedy shows (A&E's 'Comedy on the Road from London, Jamaica, New York and Los Angeles’; as well as 'Evening at the Improv', 'MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour', and 'Showtime's Comedy Club All Stars') Tommy was one of the rare comics to appear on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert and opened for Warren Zevon, Alvin Lee, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Mason, Los Lobos and Joan Jett around the country.
He has also guest-starred on TV dramas from 'Miami Vice' to 'Boston Legal', TV comedy from 'Not Necessarily The News' to 'The Onion News Network', and in Film as co-star of the med-school spoof 'Stitches' and part of the Mel Brooks ensemble in 'Robin Hood-Men in Tights' and 'Dracula - Dead and Loving It'. He has voiced characters for animation in TV, Film and Radio and traveled the country as HBO/Cinemax’s ‘Man On The Street’. He was the host of 'Short Attention Span Theatre' and 'Stand Up Stand Up' on The Comedy Channel (the predecessor to Comedy Central).
With National Lampoon, he wrote for the magazine and starred in two of their rock and roll comedy Off-Broadway stage shows: 'If We're Late Start Without Us' and 'Class of '86', in which Newsweek Magazine named him, “Class Valedictorian”.
Tommy recorded his own rock and roll LP 'The Real Story' which included original songs and was a favorite on college playlists. He co-wrote the single 'Poppa Chubby' for P-Funk founder and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell on his 'Funk of Ages' CD.
In 1998, Tommy formed The Comics Studio to teach and coach professional comics who have gone on great success. He showcased many of them in his variety show, ‘The Tommy Koenig Show’ which began as a benefit for The Downtown NYC Area after 9/11 and ran for two more years. Theatremania voted it: “Best Comedy of 2002”.
His new Rock Comedy, 'BABY BOOM BABY', was first conceived and performed in 2011 at The Santa Barbara Theatre in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a month run. It was delayed in opening in the USA due to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but it finally made its’ USA debut in 2013 as two benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Bellmore, Long Island.
In 2013, it made its’ Off Broadway debut at Stage 72 (formerly The Triad where he ran his first critically acclaimed one man show, 'The Living Experiment' years earlier). After returning to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at The Boutique Theatre in 2014, it ran at The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY for a month and Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo, NY, The Stateside Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX and The Sparta Avenue Stage, in NJ in 2015. In 2016, it ran at The Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan, South Florida for a month where it caught the eye of Playhouse Productions. In 2017, Tommy completed month long runs with these producers in Phoenix, Arizona, Boulder, Colorado and a recent return to South Florida to help them open the new PGA Arts Center in Palm Beach Gardens. He finished the year with a return to The Sparta Avenue Stage to film the show.