Paul Thomas

A character-creating craftsman, Paul Thomas has performed his critically acclaimed solo sketch show Comedogenic at the New York Sketch Comedy Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, SketchfestNYC, the Public House Theater, iO Theaters Chicago & LA, and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.

In October he made his network TV debut as Big John on Chicago Fire on NBC. His epic web series Ped Crossing, based on one of his solo sketches, was featured in The Onion AV Club. 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. Paul is also a stand-up comic, and is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy. On the music front, Paul, Jeff Madden, and Cork Kangas comprise Lola Balatro, the post-grunge acoustic com-rock band that is scorching the earth with hits like "I Got 2 Black Friends" and "Questionable Beef."

"When it comes to portraying a smorgasbord of freaks, perverts and social pariahs, nobody does it better than Paul Thomas, the man behind Paul Thomas: Comedogenic. His laser-like attention to character work results in compelling scenework that is hilarious (and kinda disturbing)."
-- Jason Heidemann, Time Out Chicago