Tommy found acting work when he arrived in Houston with a bit part at the Alley Theatre and, of course, he auditioned at the theme park, Six Flags Astroworld, and landed the role of the Riddler in the Batman Forever Water Stunt Spectacular. Tommy would end up performing his own juggling and magic show at the Crystal Palace theatre at this park on a limited engagement basis. Tommy entered the Funniest Person in Houston contest at the Laff Stop. Though he didn’t make it past the first round, he did well enough that he thought he’d better start hanging out at their amateur night on Mondays. Within a couple of weeks, he had attracted the attention of the management and was booked to MC a week at the club. The Laff Spot and The Comedy Showcase also gave the young comic work in their rooms. After about a year of working locally, Tommy started to get booked out of town to feature and within five years was even getting some headlining work.

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