Moody was born "Matthew" in Syracuse, NY, into a rambunctious household with six siblings. (They're Irish...somebody had to get a nickname.) He began doing comedy in 1992 and was soon hired by Syracuse's top morning radio show to cover sports and write jokes, his first loves.
Over the years Tom Ryan has worked steadily at comedy clubs, concert venues, corporate functions and colleges across the U.S.. He has also made national television appearances on Showtime, A&E Comedy Central, and… Three times on "The Late Show with David Letterman!".