Many successful comics have a dark side, and Tom Segura is no exception. In fact, he may be one of the best examples of that particular phenomenon, having nearly died of a drug overdose when he was 18. The 43-year-old comedian rebounded from his near-death experience to become a well-known comedian and podcaster. As of 2023, Tom Segura has a net worth of $15 million.
His journey started in Ohio, where he was born to parents of Peruvian, Spanish and French descent. Segura also grew up with sisters. Young Tom began experimenting with drugs early on, and it was that experimentation that nearly cost him his life.
Segura’s redemption story really started shortly after he attended Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, which was when he got into the comedy scene. His blunt, direct comedic style quickly earned him a following, and he progressed steadily from selling out different venues to going out on tours.
His tour schedule has included such noteworthy events as the Global Comedy Festival in Canada, the Melbourne International Festival, Just for Laughs Festival and the tours listed on his website usually sell out in a hurry!
That direct style has translated in the way he’s branched out into film and started to climb the ladder there, too. He had a featured role in “Countdown”, and he was listed as a co-writer in “Frank Advice.” Other films have followed, resulting in a steady stream of work.
Segura’s budding TV career has run in parallel with his successful film ventures. He started with Live at Gotham, a show for up-and-coming comedians, and from there he branched out into appearances on “Gary Unmarried,” “Conan,” “Happy Endings,” and “How to Be a Grown Up.” Segura will also be releasing two new stand-up specials onto Netflix, with the first special going live in early 2023.
Two other things have helped Segura significantly in his success. One is his marriage to fellow comedian Christina Pazsitzky, which seems to have stabilized his life considerably since the couple tied the knot in 2008. They have two kids together, and they also co-host a podcast called “Your Mom’s House” that’s proven to be a nice source of revenue.
The other factor that’s helped Segura considerably is his burgeoning versatility. He’s bilingual, and he does most of his shows in both Spanish and English, which has helped his fan base mushroom. Throw in the ability to do TV, movies, and just about anything else in the entertainment world, and it becomes clear that we’re talking about a very successful man.
One of the quirkier elements of Segura’s career is his obvious willingness to display the more grisly elements of his medical history. When he broke his leg while playing basketball, he posted the X-ray of the break, and he also broke his arm in that same injury incident. The way he fell, reminded me of Peter Griffin from Family Guy.
Clearly, Michael Jordan he’s not, but hopefully Segura can keep his remaining bones intact so his fans can keep enjoying his special brand of comedy.