When you google the name Tom Mabe, you will find him defined as an American comedian, prankster and jingle writer. More simply put, he’s funny.
From getting back at telemarketers to playing pranks in person, Mabe loves to make people laugh.
“I was always the class clown,” he said while visiting via phone last week. “I was always funny … or trying to be funny at least.”
Mabe, 50, was born and raised at Louisville, Ky., where he graduated from North Bullitt High School in Shepherdsville, Ky. He studied anthropology and got his master’s degree from the University of Louisville.
It was during college, he said, that he decided he wanted to be a musician, so he started writing songs. “Then as a fluke, I recorded a telemarketer (in a conversation he had with them) … and got my record deal on something called ‘Revenge of the Telemarketers.’”
If you’ve never heard his telemarketing pranks, this would be a good time to search Google for “The Murder of Tom Mabe TELEMARKET CALL.” It’s hilarious and gives you the flavor for how Mabe rolls. His humor has taken him from record label deals to his own TV show, “Mabe in America,” which aired on CMT in 2009. It’s also made him a popular stand-up comedian and entertainer, and allowed him to make his living, for the most part, doing viral videos.
Larry Sloan, the owner of the Talent Factory, called Mabe to see if he’d be interested in performing stand-up in Nevada at The Talent Factory. “He heard me on the radio, and said, ‘I own this place in Nevada’ … and it worked out just great,” Mabe said.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, Mabe will be performing his stand-up routine live at The Talent Factory, starting at 7 p.m.
Mabe describes his stand-up show as featuring anything from family situations, like a trip in the minivan, to stuff about life’s pet peeves. “It’s good clean comedy,” he promised. “Bring the kids,” and don’t be afraid to sit in the front row. He said he doesn’t do anything to embarrass audience members, though he does like to say “hi” and sometimes make conversation with those up front. “But I won’t … (do anything) to get you kicked out of your family.”
In Kentucky, Mabe lives with his wife of 24 years, Melanie, and their two kids, Josh, 19, and Mack, 16. And he’s an animal lover, especially dogs. “We’ve got five dogs,” he said, and if people want to see something cool, he urges them to watch one of his extreme puppy makeover videos, where he does things like shocking animal rescue facilities by bringing in truckloads of supplies for the animals, and a team that gives the animals makeovers, food and toys, and also supplies human treats to the staff.
“All of my dogs are rescues and all of them have some kind of disability,” he said. His heart goes out to the disabled, because his own son, he shared, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and Tourette syndrome.
Mabe has been doing standup comedy for about 20 years now and has been to Iowa, where he’s performed in Des Moines. This will be his first trip to Nevada, and he’s looking forward to it. “I really enjoy traveling and seeing new faces. And, I like trying the local coffee; coffee’s my guilty pleasure.” He also said he loves people like Sloan, who keep things like an old theater alive and bring in live entertainment. “That really helps us (entertainers) out.”