Tom Shadyac is one of Hollywood’s all-time leading comedy directors with his films, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar, Liar, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty grossing nearly 2 billion dollars at the box office.
He has appeared on numerous national television shows, including the Ellen Degeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The View, Nightline and Rosie O’Donnell’s nationally syndicated radio show. His recent call-in radio show, One Big Couch with Tom Shadyac, on SiriusXM was an immediate hit with listeners.
Tom’s diverse background makes him uniquely qualified to handle the intricacies of this conversation; he’s been an actor, screenwriter, and standup comic, while studying in depth the monastic traditions, ancient philosophy, mystic poetry, myth and storytelling. What sets Tom apart is his rare ability to blend humor and heart, with a likeability and levity that makes even the driest subjects accessible, from Quantum Physics to Cellular Biology. Beneath it all, Tom is a teacher. He led a legendary class at Pepperdine University for 8 years running called Storytelling and Life to standing room only crowds. He now offers this weekly class at the University of Memphis and the University of Colorado, traversing the country each week to bring this transformative conversation to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Shadyac’s first book, Life’s Operating Manual (Hay House, 2012) immediately hit the New York Times bestseller list upon its release.
For the past few years, Tom has been speaking to sold out audiences, inspiring young and old alike with his impassioned style and unflappable belief in the human spirit.