Parks has been making people laugh for over 25 years.
He started in 1976 on the college circuit and, in 1979, was
named "College Entertainer of the Year" and "College
Comedian of the Year" by the National Association of
made his first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1987.
Appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and
all the major comedy shows quickly followed. He has starred
in his own comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime
and for two seasons was the Anchorman on HBO's award winning
"Not Necessarily the News" for which he was
nominated for an ACE Award.
has also starred in many successful advertising campaigns for companies
such as AT&T, Donnelley Directory, Walt Disney World, RCA,
Adidas, Pearle Vision, Kodak and The Virginia Lottery
as well as popular in-house video's for companies such as Barnett
Banks and US West.
is in great demand as a performer/Master of Ceremonies for corporate
clients nationwide and has worked for companies such as IBM,
NutraSweet, Aetna, GlaxoSmithKline, Kodak, Royal Caribbean Cruise
Line, AT&T and MasterCard.
An additional sideline in speech writing and speaker support
has grown out of his corporate relationships and now, working with
Marketing, he is a regular writer and speaker coach for
Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Steinway, Bristol Meyers Squibb and
2003 he was asked to create a new radio campaign for Pleasant
Holidays Travel and the spots, which he wrote and performed
in were an instant hit. He is currently developing an advertising
campaign for a second company.
with insulin-dependent diabetes in 1985, Tom became involved
with the American Diabetes Association. He founded
the "Comedy Crusade Against Diabetes" which
raised over $500,000 for the ADA.
served for three years on the ADA National Board of Directors.
He and two partners produced a video, "Diabetes: A
Positive Approach". The video won top honors at 7
films festivals and, to date, over a million and a quarter
tapes have been sold and Tom and his partners donated over
$350,000 to the American Diabetes Association.
all his work, Tom received the "Wendell Mayes Award",
the highest honor the ADA gives to a volunteer. Tom has also served
as spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation/NutraSweet
Golf Tournaments nationwide and has helped raised over 5 million
dollars for that organization's efforts to eradicate diabetes.
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