(Reprinted from www.ThorRamsey.com)
Thor Ramsey is a standup comedian and first-time author, which he is hoping to parley into a career of walking from the bed to his laptop.
He is best known for the best-selling “Thou Shalt Laugh” DVDs and the Sony-owned comedy series “Bananas,” which he hosts. His first book A Comedian’s Guide to Theology (Regal Books) is in stores now or you can order it at Amazon.
He is grateful to everyone who supports comedy that doesn’t make you feel like you stepped in something.
It doesn’t matter that Thor Ramsey happens to work clean. He’s funny. And funny is the thing that matters when you’re watching a comedian.
Thor had entertained thoughts of being a comedian since high school, thoughts he shared with a high school friend. “She had a dream one night that I did ‘The Tonight Show’,” he said. She told him that he “had a good set, which always stuck with me. I thought, ‘Well, if you’re not going to follow your own dreams, you might as well follow somebody else’s.’”
So, he followed her dream!
Thor began his comedy career playing the basement lounge of a Ramada Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. (Because if you can make it in Iowa, you can make it anywhere — in Nebraska.) The Ramada’s basement ceiling was so low you could touch it while standing on the stage. Since he’d reached the pinnacle of showbiz in Des Moines, he moved to Chicago. Soon he was working forty-two weeks a year at major comedy clubs around the country. Then he moved close enough to Los Angeles to say that he lives there (but not according to the Post Office).
His smart, sometimes loud and often opinionated brand of comedy has made him an audience favorite nationwide.
“…kept a crowd of hundreds rolling.”
— The Los Angeles Times
— The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“…clever and pointed…”
— The Washington Post
The Comedy Shop—Featured Comedian—PBS (regional), 1990
An Evening at the Improv—Featured Comedian—A&E, 1993
Bananas—Comedy Special—GTN, 2004
Top3—Weekly Segment—JCTV, 2004, 2005
Comedy At Large with Thor Ramsey — Weekly Show — iLife, 2004
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2003
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2004
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2005
Bananas—Weekly Host—GTN, 2006
Top3—Guest Star—JCTV, 2006
The 700 Club—Guest Star—Family Channel, 2007
Rock the Boat—Host—Gospel Music Channel, 2007
Dove Awards—Segment Host—Gospel Music Channel, 2007
Smart Mouth—Comedy Special—JCTV, 2009
Improvs—Ontario/ Irvine/ Brea/ West Palm Beach/ Cleveland/ Tempe/ Miami
Caroline’s (Midwest Meets Manhattan)—New York
Stanford & Sons—Kansas City
Comedy Off Broadway—Lexington, KY
SPECIAL EVENTS & TOURS
Outrageous Comedy Tour—with Mark Lowry and Chonda Pierce, Featured Comic, 2003
Pure Comedy Tour — with Leland Klassen and Daren Streblow, 2004
Montreal Comedy Festival—”Just For Pitching”, 2004
Vancouver Comedy Festival—Letterman Showcase, 2004
Spirit West Coast—Del Mar, Featured Comic, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009
Spirit West Coast—Monterey, Featured Comic, 2005, 2007, 2009
Disney Cruise Lines—featured performer, 2005
Piece of My Mind Tour—with Chonda Pierce, 2006
David Phelps’ Christmas Tour—featured comedian, 2007 & 2008
Mason/Ramsey Comedy Expedition—with Taylor Mason, 2008