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Birth NameTobias Yoshimura

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Toby began his career in New York at the Network Level as the Head of Research at "Saturday Night Live." His ability to rapidly turn around story into production put him in the position of producing several of the scripted comedy shorts that run on the long-standing series. Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video immediately pulled Toby out of SNL and put him in supervisory role in the Post Production of SNL's shorts and other internal productions. This position led to his first production support position when he was requested by Robert Wuhl to coordinate his HBO special on Broadway, which included immense staging and logistic camera support.

This first live event led to a run of major productions that ranged from Penn & Teller's "Don't Try This at Home" at Radio City Music Hall to 'Comic Relief 90" and "The Re-Opening of Ellis Island" for Don Micher. His growing knowledge of major event production let to his next step . . taking them on the road. He was invited by HBO to run Dice's stadium comedy tour culminating in "The Diceman Cometh II for ladies only". This was all before he was 25.

Turning toward the creative, Toby took a job as the show producer on the "Jerry Springer Show" where, during his tenure, Jerry finally surpassed Oprah in the daytime ratings and achieved one of the highest daytime ratings in the show's history. (You can see him on VH1's "When Jerry Ruled the World") Capitalizing on his road show experience, Springer turned to Toby when taking Jerry on the road. Toby served dual roles as both the creative producer and the road manager when Jerry pulled up its stakes and took the massive stage and 26 cameras to the streets. Toby was responsible for moving this small army from the Olympic Superdome in Sydney to the shores of Jamaica.

Continuing on his creative path, Toby moved to Los Angeles and served as a producer on NBC's "Who Wants to Marry My Dad" and 'Design Invasion" before getting called back to moving armies. This time it was Jerry Bruckheimer's three time Emmy award winning reality show "The Amazing Race." Working for three seasons (all three winning an Emmy) with Bertram Van Munster and Jerry Bruckheimer, Toby was responsible for moving an army once again. This time around the world.. literally building roads up mountains and taking over cities. Most recently, Toby has gone freelance as Coordinating Producer of A&E Networks hit series "Criss Angel MINDFREAK". As well as being named Executive In Charge Of Production for the now international production company Nothin But Shorts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Andrew Yex

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