You probably remember Tom Arnold as Arnie Thomas on “Roseanne” or maybe you remember him in 1994’s super hit film “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. But if you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday, March 14, you can see Tom Arnold return to his stand-up roots. Tom Arnold is coming on strong and, recently, he took time out of his very busy schedule to talk to me.
Tom Arnold started in stand-up comedy back in his home state of Iowa. But it wasn’t until he landed a writing job on the “Roseanne” show and ended up with a regular part that his name became a household word. He’s had his own shows, guested on and/or hosted many others and has been in 114 movies or, as Tom puts it, “The star of more than 100 movies, and three good ones.”
And speaking of movies, Tom currently has five films in post-production status and one in pre-production, due out in 2015. The roles are a wide mix of comedy and drama. He just completed “Mission Air,” a faith-based film directed by Mike Norris, Chuck Norris’s son. Tom is excited about one of film, in particular, “Unbeatable John,” a romantic comedy that takes place around AA meetings.
I asked Tom if he has a preference for a certain movie genre. Earlier on, he had reminded me that George Clooney got his start on “Roseanne” while Tom was there. His answer? “The George Clooney genre.” Why? “Because George Clooney does it all.” Tom also mentioned Brad Pitt. Yes, he knows Brad Pitt. After all those movies, there aren't too many people in Hollywood that Tom doesn't know.
Tom is no stranger to TV either. He’s appeared on hundreds of TV shows since his “Roseanne” days, having had guest roles on such mega hits as “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sons of Anarchy.” He’s currently hosting CMT’s “My Big Redneck Family,” which airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. eastern and he's just completed an appearance on the wildly popular TV show “Psych.”
Tom and I both love to talk, but we managed to get back around to Tom’s comedy and his appearance at Harrah’s Philadelphia. What can the audience expect from a Tom Arnold comedy show? Tom told me what they will get is his life-based comedy. He uses past experiences, both personal and work-related, for material. He told me he jokes about marriage, divorce, show business and just about anything. I asked him how R-rated his act was. Tom told me that while, yes, he does swear, he’s not graphic about things.
Sounds pretty par for the course for a guy whose bio describes him as “a ball of chaos and charisma.” Tom says that description is spot on. Sadly, our time was coming to a close and we had to wrap it up, but not before we took a moment or two to talk about the most important gig of his life, that of being daddy to his 11-month old son Jax.
Tom is super excited about playing Harrah’s Philly and it's going to be a great show! If you’d like to go hear him talk and laugh about life, he’ll be at Harrah’s Philadelphia for one show, Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29, $39 and $49 plus applicable taxes and fees. Get yours at Ticketmaster.
Harrah’s Philadelphia is located at 777 Harrah’s Boulevard in Chester, Pa. Check their website for directions or call 800-480-8020 for more information.
Enjoy the show!