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 writing classes at UCLA Extension and improv at iO West.
For 4 years, he 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. He also ate a ton of Olive Garden and ended up on NPR.
He is an alumnus of the Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop and teaches TV writing classes at the Pilipino Workers’ Center in Los Angeles. He was a staff writer on the show American Woman on the Paramount Network. He currently writes on the new Fox animated sitcom The Great North.