Tom Riles

Entertainer. Author. Entrepreneur.

Tom Riles is the proud husband to Lucy Riles, father to four (plus two dogs), and founder of the largest community of dads in the world, Life of Dad. Tom and Lucy have just co-authored their first book together, Mom vs. Dad: The Not-So-Serious Guide to the Stuff We’re All Fighting About.

Additionally, Tom is one of the top audience warm-up comedians in Hollywood, having worked on over 200 television shows with crowds as large as 10,000 people. For over sixteen years, Riles has opened for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well Ellen’s Game of Games and her Relatable tour.

Tom’s heart (and free time) goes towards hanging out with his family, and hosting fundraisers for pediatric cardiology charities. 

Born in New Jersey and raised along with his three sisters by super-parents, Tom Sr. and Andrea, Riles grew up in a loving household who always put family first.  Riles graduated from The College of New Jersey, and has worked in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry ever since.



Mom vs. Dad Book

While Tom and Lucy's parenting styles may be worlds apart, they both have the same goal: to raise happy kids who feel unconditionally loved. Mom vs. Dad is packed with sidesplitting and vulnerable personal vignettes from the trenches of parenthood.

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Mom vs. Dad Podcast

What is something silly that you and your partner always argue about? In each episode of Mom vs. Dad, Tom and Lucy comedically talk through a different couple's relationship spat, and then bring them on the show to investigate further. The listeners are the jury and will make the final vote. Whose side are you on?

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Life of Dad Show Podcast

Tom co-hosts the Life of Dad podcast, live from the Airstream in his backyard, where the dads discuss one heavy and one light parenting topic on each show.

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Tom launched Life of Dad in 2010 from a hospital room after the birth of his daughter. Now, Life of Dad is the largest community of dads in the world with over 4 Million followers and reaching over 30 Million people weekly.

Tom and Lucy have performed their interactive comedy show at theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles, bringing their humor, charm, and marital bickering to the stage...and even song. Stay tuned to see where they just may appear next.

Tom and Life of Dad have served as advisors/investors and helped launch the first ever dad's care line. DADZ creates healthy, performance-minded products for modern dads.


Hit international TV series, "The Spyders"

Tom and his Life of Dad co-founders, Patrick Quinn and David Guest, sold a family espionage series to Nickelodeon in 2015. Five years later it started airing internationally!

    Emmy Winner
    Emmy Winner
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Having opened for Ellen for over 16 years, Tom has been a part of the team that has won more than 50 Daytime Emmy Awards.

      Life of Dad takes home a Cannes Lion Award

      The #CheerioChallenge worldwide trend started on Life of Dad's Facebook page, which led to a multi-year General Mills / Cheerios partnership.

      Keynote Speaker, Emcee, Auctioneer

      Keynote Your Event

      Tom works closely with your team to learn as much as possible about your business and the attendee to make sure they have the perfect experience and the right message comes across.


      From entrepreneurship to entertainment to team building, Tom can speak on it all. Let's work together to create the perfect keynote for your event.

      Charity Fundraisers

      Both virtually, and in person, Tom hosts live auctions and charity fundraisers all around the country.

      Audience Warm-up

      Having opened for hundreds of TV shows, and over a million audience members, there is no place Tom is more comfortable than on stage. He'll bring that calm and professionalism to your event!


      Tom’s last name gives a fair indication of his skills. He “Riles” up a crowd with his personable, engaging delivery. When we’ve worked together, he’s made my job much easier!

      — Tom Bergeron

      TV Host

      When Henry Winkler & I first hired Tom to warm up our crowd for “Hollywood Squares,” we were WOWed from the first day – and so was everyone else. Tom Riles is not just a great crowd rouser, he’s one of the nicest, and most-reliable people I’ve ever worked with.

      — Michael Levitt

      Executive Producer of “Hollywood Squares” and many other shows

      Tom Riles, the guy who warms up the audience for the half-hour before the start of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is a genius.

      — Millie Ball

      New Orleans Time Picayune

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