Tom Gleeson is a celebrated Australian media personality, comedian, and author. He hosts Hard Quiz on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and he was the winner of the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2019. This article looks at his personal life and journey in the Australian comedy and media industry.
Tom Gleeson is the perfect example of someone who keeps winning at everything they do. After making the decision to swap his science degree with stand-up comedy, his craft has become a major source of reference for comics in Australia and across the globe.
Tom Gleeson profile summary
- Full name: Thomas Francis Gleeson
- Date of birth: 2nd June 1974
- Tom Gleeson age: 46 years
- Place of birth: Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia
- Marital status: Married
- Tom Gleeson height: 6’3’’
- Nationality: Australian
- Profession: Comedian, television and radio presenter, writer
- Twitter: @nonstoptom
Tom Gleeson biography
Where is Tom Gleeson from? The TV personality was born on 2nd June 1974 in Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia. His father died of dementia in 2018. The comedian has a brother called Nick. Tom Gleeson's brother supports him on numerous occasions and runs Kite Street Café in Orange, Australia.
How tall is Tom Gleeson? The Australian stand-up comedian stands at 6 feet 3 inches.
Tom Gleeson education
The comedian attended St. Joseph’s College, Hunter Hill, located in Sydney. He later joined the University of Sydney to pursue a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics. He used to sing vocals and play the drums during his college days.
Tom Gleeson family
The Hard Quiz ABC host is a happily married man. Tom Gleeson's wife is Ellie Parker, a Melbourne food blogger who runs a website called Ellie’s List. The couple has been married for over 20 years and is blessed with two children, a boy and a girl.
How old are Tom Gleeson children? The funnyman prefers to lead a quiet life and has managed to keep details about his family life under wraps.
Television and radio career
Despite having a science-related degree, Gleeson is excelling in the media field. He currently hosts Hard Quiz on Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 2016. Tom previously co-hosted The Weekly with Charlie Pickering together with Judith Lucy on the same station in 2015. The following are other Tom Gleeson television shows:
- This Week Live with Tommy Little, Dave Thornton and Meshel Laurie (2015)
- The Week Live (2013)
- Big Brother’s Big Mouth (2008)
- skitHOUSE on Network Ten (2003 and 2004)
The Hard Quiz host has also been a radio presenter on Triple M’s Tom & Subby alongside Subby Valentine (2004 to 2005) and Mix 101.1’s Mix Mornings alongside Brigitte Duclos (2009).
Gleeson kicked off his comedy career with stage performances before getting a chance to make people laugh at major events. He has performed on numerous big stages, including comedy theatre Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane, Montreal, Perth Fringe, and Edinburgh Fringe.
Tom’s thriving comedy career is decorated with several award-winning stand-up shows. In 2020, his stand-up show called Lighten Up clinched the Adelaide Fringe’s Best Comedy award, while his Joy show won the award at the 2019 Perth Fringe World.
Tom Gleeson shows have also received several nominations, including the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer for Quality in 2014, Up Himself in 2011, and Tom On! In 2007.
His book titled Playing Poker with the SAS: A Comedy Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan (2008) narrates his December 2007 experience as an entertainer for the Australian troops on active military service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Tom Gleeson has remained at the top of Australia’s comedy industry for more than ten years. Numerous publications have described him as a master whose craft gets better every day. Tom is indeed an extraordinary icon!
The actress made her directorial debut in 2017 with the film Like Father starring Kesley Grammer and Kristen Bell. She also co-founded Hilarity for Charity with her husband to raise Alzheimer’s awareness after her mother was diagnosed with the irreversible disease at age 55.