Tom Currently teaches : Introduction to Stand up on Mondays and Level 5 Improv and Storytelling on Sundays. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Brody Theater
Tom has over 30 years experience performing and teaching all facets of comedy: standup, sketch, and improv. He began as half of the comedy duo Pinder & Johnson in New York City, and also worked as a full-time solo standup in Chicago and on the road. He is a frequent collaborator with Bob Odenkirk ("Mr. Show, "Breaking Bad", "Better Call Saul"), appearing in eight shows with him in recent years including the Mr. Show reunion tour and the "Load of Hooey" book tour shows.
I learned many things in the class like what to do with the mic stand, proper open mic etiquette, how to construct a bit and most importantly that stand-up comedy is by the most fun semi-legal thing a person can do. If you're scared of doing it for the first time the Brody class is a perfect place to get over that fear. " -Dan Weber
"I wanted to do stand-up so badly, but couldn't overcome my stage fright. I went to Brody in order to help, and walked away with a strong foundation of jokes I could use to get started, which made that whole awkward process of open mic'ing a lot easier. You'll get honest feedback and inside info on how the PDX comedy scene works if you take this class"
"The Brody Intro to Standup with Tom Johnson was the most important step I took in creating a strong base to explore comedy. I'm grateful to have learned the tools and protocol to properly present myself at open mics and events. It's a long road, but I'm proud of what I do and I couldn't have done it without taking this class." -Jenna Sather
The Brody Theater standup class gave me the push I needed to get on stage with confidence after years of fearing it. Outside of a few invaluable technical tips(how to deal with mic stands and open mic hosts) it gave me an opportunity get use to being completely terrible in front of a small group before I had to be completely terrible in front of a larger group.