From writing, directing, and performing sketch comedy on stage and screen; creating characters; stand-up; writing, directing, and producing short films and web series; and composing comedic music, Paul Thomas is a student of the craft. As a solo artist, he performed his critically acclaimed solo sketch showComedogenicor pieces from it in the New York Sketch Comedy Festival, SketchfestNYC, Just For Laughs Chicago, iO Theaters Chicago & Hollywood, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. In 2015 he brought his new sketch show The Paul Thomas Effort to Chicago Sketchfest and San Francisco Sketchfest.
Paul is half of the recently reunited Defiant Thomas Brothers, winners of Best Sketch Group at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2005, alongside Best Alternative Act Flight of the Conchords. In 2005 DTB also received the award for Best Sketch Duo from the Chicago Improv Festival.
He is a stand-up comic as well, and is a long-time regular at the weekly showcase Chicago Underground Comedy.
in 2013 made his little network TV debut as arson suspect Big John on Chicago Fire on NBC. (You can check it out in the reel above).
Over the past eight years Paul has honed his abilities writing, directing, and producing short films, music videos, and web content. His epic web series Ped Crossing, a reality show that follows a pedophile (yep), was featured in The Onion AV Club, and his sketch pilot Sit For Glory screened at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival in 2014. Some of other his work has screened at the Just for Laughs Festivals in Montreal and Chicago, the L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival, and the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, amongst others. Please waste a better part of an afternoon watching his stuff on the shorts & videospage. Much cooler is that he was featured in The Breeders' video "Walk It Off." In May 2015, Paul was selected for SHOOT Magazine’s New Directors Showcase at the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York.
On the music front, Paul, Jeff Madden, and Cork Kangas comprise Lola Balatro, the post-grunge acoustic com-rock band whose debut album features audience favorites such as "I Got 2 Black Friends" and "Rock Star."