Writer of the Wry®
HuffPost Comedy Writer/Satirist
Pasadena Magazine Writer
Dramatists Guild Member
Selected as a member of the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Communications Committee, and the Editing Subcommittee, I'm honored and proud to serve the union in this manner.
Hang in there gang, for this is my new website as of June 2, 2021. Tweaking it a little bit and...wait...tweaking it a lot before I really spread the word regarding its functionality. Meanwhile, I'm happily involved with SAG-AFTRA as a Communications Committee Member and Editing Subcommittee Member, and I'm enjoying the process of writing my YA novel. That is, when I'm not procrastinating to see who hit me up on FB, who's texted me back, and any chores that need to be done around the house.
But in the meantime, here's a little background to tide you over:
A native New Yorker without the accent, Tom’s creative career took flight when his play, CAVIAR AND CRUMBCAKE, was selected for a reading at the now defunct Circle Rep. Tom wishes to point out that ‘Crumbcake’ had nothing to do with the closing of the company.
He was eventually selected as one of three playwrights into the prestigious Playwrights Horizons Theatre Workshop where three one-act plays of his were produced: PAINFULLY EMPLOYED, HEADSHOTS, and DIM BULBS.
PAINFULLY EMPLOYED went on to receive a full production at the Harold Clurman Theatre where it launched the Playwrights Horizons Winterfest and later in that year was voted the 15th best short play in the United States by Writer`s Digest. PAINFULLY EMPLOYED has since been produced at the 76th Street Theatre and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
His one-act hit, TAKE THE VASE AND RUN was performed at the Ensemble Studio Theater Octoberfest, and CAVIAR AND CRUMBCAKE came back to enjoy a successful run at the Ensemble Studio Theater Summer Conference.
His two-act comedy, DEATH WARMED OVER has appeared at The Neighborhood Playhouse while his one-act comedy, MISS PRISM’S ACTING SCHOOL FOR WRESTLERS also appeared at the Playhouse.
RULES GIRL IN DATE HELL took center stage at the Princeton Alliance Theatre while SHADDUP AND HIT THE FRIGGIN’ BALL played cross town at the Princeton Repertory Group.
In front of the camera, Kramer has appeared as a principal performer or spokesman in many national commercials ranging from the Liquid Plumr man, to the Total Cereal man, to a Miller Beer man, while his roles on daytime dramas ran the gamut from a knife-wielding assassin, to a licorice-chewing detective, to a pencil-pushing accountant.
Characters portrayed Off-Off Broadway have included a knucklehead, a nerd, and a ne’er-do-well. He has also lent his voice to various voice-over spots, and hopes to get said voice back one of these days.
In addition to working as an actor, dramatist and columnist, he has researched and written for the award-winning PBS series, NATURE. Subjects included: Cats, bats and horses. To this day, he’s allergic to two and still scared of one.
Tom was also a humorist in the religious world under the pseudonym, The Religious Rascal, and contributed articles to religious publications whenever he was feeling guilty.
My Mug Shot
June 2, 2021
"Those who say the most, do the least."