Host of The Ivy League Of Comedy
“Shaun writes the kind of smart comedy I like to use in my opening monologues”
Stand-up comedian Shaun Eli has rightfully been called one of America’s smartest comics. Whether it’s a story about dining with a vegetarian or successfully fighting a parking ticket, from hybrid cars to serving on a NYC criminal jury, Master Storyteller Shaun Eli shows you that there’s hilarity in the ordinary if you approach life with a comedic warp. Contractors? European vacations? The dearth of anti-Semitism in Northern Ireland? How about the Ten Commandments? For just about anything he’s experienced Shaun has a hilarious story at the ready.
His jokes have been quoted everywhere from the New York Post and the Christian Science Monitor to Healthcare Finance News and Reader’s Digest, featured on CareerBuilder.com and CNN, as well as in local papers like the Scarsdale Inquirer and the Asbury Park Press and in college papers like the Yale Daily News and the Daily Pennsylvanian. Even in The Journal of Irreproducible Results, a scientific humor magazine. Yes, there is one. And his group The Ivy League of Comedy(sm) was the subject of a front-page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
More than just smart, funny and clever, Shaun is determined to express his opinion passionately, not surprising for someone who wrote his first satirical essay at age ten. When profiled in Fortune magazine “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno quoted one of Shaun’s jokes, citing it as an example of the type of “smart comedy” he’s happy to include in his opening monologue. Jay and other late-night hosts have incorporated Shaun’s topical material in their monologues for more than a decade.
Drawing on his vast wealth of clean, clever material Shaun quickly became one of New York’s brightest, funniest, fastest-rising comedy stars. When he takes the stage other comedians stop and watch.
Outside the world of comedy Shaun was a world-class athlete in two unpopular sports, has trained lifeguards, and is an instrument-rated pilot. He is also an award-winning economic forecaster who once sold his car to a hitchhiker.
Shaun is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He bakes the world’s greatest cheesecake. He’s still friends with the first girl he ever kissed. You can watch his videos and read some of his writings, including satirical political essays and examples of jokes he’s written for late-night television, on his web site BrainChampagne.com where his slogan “Brain Champagne: Clever Comedy for Smart Minds(sm)” rings true