Tom Garland
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Tom Garland

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | SELF

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States | SELF
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Tom Garland has opened for some of the biggest names in American comedy...

Joel McHale (Star of NBC's "Community" & E! Television's "The Soup", Spiderman 2, The Informant!)

Carlos Mencia (Star and Creator of Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia", The Heartbreak Kid)

Alex Reymundo (One of "The Original Kings of Latin Comedy", Comedy Central, Showtime, CMT, Tours with Ron White)

Brooks McBeth (MADtv, Comedy Central, Trigger Happy TV)

Mike E. Winfield (The Late Show with David Letterman, Showtime, BET, Last Comic Standing)

Erin Jackson (BET, HBO, Bob & Tom, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central)

Ricky Reyes (Comedy Central, XM radio, Sirius radio)

Johnny Walker (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, BET, Sci-Fi)

Rajiv Satyal (NBC, opened for Dave Chappelle, Kevin James, and Kevin Nealon)

Chris Strait (E!, TruTV, Playboy TV, National Lampoon)

Tom Sharpe (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central)

Mike Stanley ("Chicago's Best Stand Up Comic" - The Chicago Reader, opened for Dave Attel, Christopher Titus)

Don "Donzilla" Tjernagel ("The best dirty comic since Lenny Bruce" - The Los Angeles Times, As seen in Las Vegas at The Bourbon Street Hotel, The Las Vegas Hilton, and The Monte Carlo)

Rivest Dunlap (Tours nationwide, as seen at The Laugh Factory, Haha Comedy Club & Jon Lovitz Comedy Club)

Robin Savage (Tours nationwide, as seen at The Comedy Zone, Tampa Improv & Bonkerz Comedy Clubs)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Tom Garland recently opened up for Joel McHale (Star of NBC's "Community" & E! Television's "The Soup") in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,100 fans. He also opened sold-out shows for Carlos Menica (Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia"), Alex Reymundo (One of "The Original Kings of Latin Comedy", Comedy Central, Showtime) and a long, growing list of the nation's top headliners.

Garland performed on opening night of the 2010 Iowa Comedy Festival, featured as one of the state of Iowa's best 'up-and-comers' and since then has gone above and beyond the title. He was a finalist in the 2011 Funniest Person in Iowa Contest and was featured in the 2011 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival on the 4th of July.

As one of Iowa's most traveled comedians, you've seen him performing live at festivals, concert halls, clubs, colleges, comedy contests, restaurants, bars, fundraisers, and special events all across the Midwest. He has been featured on a wide-variety of radio programs, telling jokes alongside DJ ICECOLD and getting hilariously politically incorrect with the guys from "American Reason" on KRUI 89.7FM. Garland has also been featured as a comedian in local newspapers (The Iowa City Press-Citizen) and local television stations (UITV - "Iowa Desk and Couch"). He serves as the head emcee for 'One Night Stand' Comedy Night at The Yacht Club and for The Summit Nightclub's Comedy Showcase in Iowa City, IA, where he resides when he is not touring.

Tom Garland remains one of the youngest, most sought-after comedians in Iowa. He may be an 'up-and-comer', but success on stage has been no laughing matter for this Iowa native. Garland's natural stage presence, tenacious attitude, constant intensity and far from sugar-coated material leaves audience laughing and begging for more. From college bros, to suburban parents, to late-show drunks, Garland can adapt to any audience and deliver with unrelenting energy. Come see why audiences everywhere are getting behind Tom Garland (and ducking for cover).