Tom Yi's work credits include numerous regional and national commercials, as well as roles in episodic television, including a recurring role on FX's The Shield (2002) as Detective Rodriguez. One of his favorite working experiences was a small role on The West Wing (1999), where he received valuable career advice from Martin Sheen.
Other notable appearances on comedy series are Monk (2002), The Office (2005), Men of a Certain Age (2009) and season four of Arrested Development (2003). Recognized for his role as Rabbi Chang, brother to Ken Jeong Señor Chang, on the NBC's Community (2009).
Comedic film credits include roles in Senior Skip Day (2008), Bridesmaids (2011) - directed by Paul Feig and This Is 40 (2012) - directed by Judd Apatow.
In 2013 he departs from comedy and plays Mr. Cali in a Science Fiction film, The Purge (2013), written and directed by James DeMonaco, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey