Creative direction MUSICAL comedy HOST & EMCEE
T.J. Shanoff is a Chicago-based musical entertainer, producer, and creative director. T.J. wrote, directed, and musically directed for over 20 years at The Second City, and is represented Off-Broadway as co-creator/director of Blank! The Musical. Currently, T.J. is directing and co-producing customized improvisational shows for fundraisers, corporate events, and a beautiful, lakeside, Wisconsin resort. (Let’s make this clear, though.)
T.J. has played piano by ear for nearly 40 years, and specializes in Beatles, Ben Folds Five, 80’s power ballads, old-school Broadway, and more TV themes than any fairly-sane individual should know how to play. Since 1998, T.J. has musically directed at The Second City, iO, Annoyance Theater, annually for the Chicago Emmy Awards, and for projects in many theaters across the country.
T.J. is a trusted emcee and auctioneer for fundraising and corporate events, most notably Gilda’s Club Chicago’s annual “Night Of A Thousand Noogies”. On the air, T.J. has hosted talk shows on Sporting News Radio, and Chicago's legendary WLUP-FM, and WCKG-FM; none of which are around anymore, but that’s not T.J.’s fault, ok? What are you, a lawyer?
No matter the project or role, T.J. brings boundless energy, experience, and a commitment to empowering team-wide joy that leads to successful results, whether onstage or off.