Creative direction MUSICAL comedy HOST & EMCEE PIANO
RECENT AND UPCOMING SHOWS 9/28: Host & Emcee/Director/Music Director, Gilda's Club Chicago's Night Out, Park West Theater Fall 2019: Writer, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Children's Practice Video, "Dr. Rogers Neighborhood" 10/6: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 10/10: Music Director, Private Event, Theater On The Lake 10/12: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 10/13: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 10/16: Director/Music Director, Private Event, Second City e.t.c. 10/17: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 10/19: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 10/24: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 10/25: Host & Emcee, Lynn Sage Benefit with Martin Short, Hilton Hotel Chicago 10/27: Music Director, The Chicago Magic Lounge 11/14: Director/Music Director, Private Event with The Second City @ Google HQ 11/16: Music Director, The Chicago Emmy Awards, Swissôtel Chicago
T.J. Shanoff is a Chicago-based musical entertainer, producer, and creative director. T.J. wrote, directed, and music directed for over 20 years at The Second City, including creating the music and lyrics for the hit musical, Rod Blagojevich, Superstar.
A piano player "by ear" since age 5, T.J. has also music directed and performed at iO, Annoyance Theater, annually for the Chicago Emmy Awards, at City Winery Chicago's Downtown Passover Seder, and for projects across the country.
In 2019, you can often find T.J. behind the Hammond organ as a musical director at Chicago's acclaimed new venue, the Chicago Magic Lounge.
T.J. is represented Off-Broadway as co-creator/director of Blank! The Musical, reopening this fall at NYC's The Green Room 42. Blank! is an interactive improvised musical comedy that opened at New World Stages in 2014. And, hey, Perez Hilton loved it!
T.J. is a trusted musical emcee, host, and auctioneer for corporate and fundraising events, notably Gilda’s Club Chicago’s annual comedy event. On the air, T.J. has co-hosted talk shows on Sporting News Radio, and Chicago's legendary WLUP-FM, and WCKG-FM; none of which are around anymore, and that’s not *legally* T.J.’s fault, ok? T.J. did not single-handedly bring down three radio stations, are we cool about this? What are you, a lawyer?
T.J. has a real gift for starting paragraphs with his own name, and is a proud alum of the Latin School of Chicago, Emerson College, and Harand Camp Of The Theatre Arts.