Thom Tran came to Los Angeles in 2008 as an internationally touring standup comedian, musician, and writer, after spending a decade in broadcast radio in New York. His comedy career started when his career as a soldier ended. An 8-year stint in the United States Army came to an end in 2005 after Thom was wounded in combat during his year long tour in Iraq. Post-combat, comedy saved his life.
After touring the east coast and mid-west as a road comic, a week long vacation to Los Angeles turned into a hunt for an apartment after he got a sample of the comedy scene in LA, and liked it. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Thom decided that nearly 30 years of snow and NHL playoff heartbreaks was more than enough.
Now living in Los Angeles, Thom continues to write and perform weekly at clubs like the World Famous Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, and the Comedy Store, getting new material together for his yearly east coast tour.
Thom has also found a way to use his experiences as a soldier in Hollywood, working as a military consultant and staff writer for Dagger Media Group, a veteran owned and staffed company that works to make Hollywood's portrayal of the military more accurate and real. He also starred in a series of training videos produced for the US Air Force.
In 2010, Thom appeared in the billion-dollar selling video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops" as the model for the Viet Cong and ARVN soldiers in the game, and is even a PLAYABLE character.
As an actor, Thom's appeared on shows such as "CSI:NY" and "Deadliest Warrior" as well as several national print campaigns and TV commercials. And he continues to have a presence on radio, working in Los Angeles, as a traffic reporter for stations like KRTH 101 and KNX 1070.
Comedy has been Thom's thearpy after leaving the Army. Even as a civilian, he continues to help our servicemen and women, performing often at benefits to raise money for the Bob Hope USO at LAX which provides comforts for our troops deploying overseas, and twice was named the USO's funniest serviemember. And in 2008, Thom traveled to Iraq to perform for our troops, playing over 2 dozen bases and combat outposts throughout Iraq.
Gathering material from a wealth of life experiences, Jose takes audiences on the rollercoaster ride that’s been his life. Born in Cuba and deported because of his father’s political prisoner status, he came to the U.S. at a young age. Growing up with a hard working, and always quirky, Cuban family brought loads of funny moments everyday. From his mother’s ability to kill a chicken with her bare hands, to his Dad’s ability to hit on any woman, anytime, there was never a dull moment. What they did best was teach him to work hard for his dreams, and not forget how to laugh at life and himself. He made them proud when, after high school, he was accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. He became an officer in the Air Force, is an accomplished aviator, and is a veteran having served in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He’s been all over the world and has even been shot at in two countries. This and more he brings to the stage believing that, “if you can’t laugh at a hard time in your life, you ain’t over it yet.” His comedy career started out in New York and Philadelphia, getting on stage anytime he wasn’t serving. He performs all over the country now and is rapidly becoming an audience favorite for his ability to make deportation, and life threatening moments hysterical. He’s been featured in the Air Force Times, was selected for the 2007 Latino Laugh Festival in Los Angeles, and the Lucky 21 Contest at The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. In 2008 he won the Funniest Person In South Texas Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. In 2009, he was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Most nights you can find him on stage somewhere, but one week a month, its all dog tags and volleyball, down in Texas, teaching the next generation of top guns the basics.