A Los Angeles native, Thomas Reyes was raised by both his Filipino-immigrant parents and American television. In the 2nd grade, his family moved to Las Vegas and lived there for 7 years before realizing casinos aren’t the best place for a 10-year-old and returning to LA.

His family eventually settled in Silver Lake and, after graduating from UCLA, instead of going to law school, he became a video game tester. At night, he took sitcom writing classes at UCLA Extension and improv at iO West.

For the past 4 years, he has worked in reality TV development. He has written for the Disney ABC Talent Showcase, the CBS Diversity Sketch Workshop, and co-wrote the BuzzFeed video series Ask an Asian, which has over 4 million views on YouTube.

He also ate a ton of Olive Garden and ended up on NPR.

He is an alumnus of the Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop and is currently a staff writer on the new show American Woman on the Paramount Network.