Charlotte, NC Clean Corporate Comedian and Funny Keynote Speaker Shaun Eli

He’s also great for corporate or charity comedy shows for any other cities named Charlotte and also for people named Charlotte. No, I don’t know if there are more people named Charlotte than people in Charlotte.


About Me

Jay Leno endorses Shaun Eli's comedy writing
I’m the one who isn’t Jay Leno.

I used to be a banker. If you think all banks are evil then you need to hear my joke bashing my former employer. “Not all banks are evil,” it starts. But then of course I go on to bash the people I used to work for. It’s a great job, making fun of people I used to work for. You should try it. Just not during my show.

Performing clean corporate stand-up comedy is what your clean corporate stand-up comedian does. You get to sit back and laugh. Sometimes I make myself laugh on stage but that’s okay because I’m funny. You don’t want your dentist laughing when he’s drilling, which is why I don’t tell jokes to my dentist when he’s putting holes in my face. Also of course it’s hard to talk during that. But dentists are pretty good at understanding people when their mouth is full of hands and equipment.

I was working in banking when I met someone who talked me into trying stand-up comedy. Six years later I was no longer a banker and I’m much happier.

By the way I used to do a lot of business- a ton of business- with Bank of America in Charlotte (and NYC) when I was a banker. They even took me to the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC before it opened to the public (they were a sponsor or lender or something).

I like your city and I’m happy to come there to perform. The first girl I ever kissed lives in Charlotte and we’re still friends. She’s a tax lawyer now and while I don’t have jokes about her I do have jokes about taxes. My dad worked for the IRS. I’d threaten that if you don’t book me he’ll audit you but that’s kind of illegal and anyway he retired a long time ago. I also have relatives in Charlotte if you care. I imagine you don’t.

As a comedian I’ve been profiled in The New York Times and my group The Ivy League of Comedy in the Philadelphia Inquirer. My jokes have been published in all sorts of newspapers and magazines and been in the opening monologues of three late-night TV hosts. If you want more details on that read my biography. It’s not funny. But my stand-up is.

If you want to see what I’m like on stage watch my stand-up comedy videos.


About my shows

My shows are fun. It’s me, performing clean stand-up comedy. No props, no magic, no juggling, just great jokes. I perform for corporations, industry conferences and events, charity fundraising events, temples and churches and other houses of worship, at theatres and performing arts centers and comedy clubs. And I do this all over the world. It’s great to travel and see the world and make my company pay for it. I mean, it’s my company, but at least the trips are tax-deductible. I’m happy to come to North Carolina and see friends and relatives and make your group laugh and laugh and laugh. So let’s get started.


Funny Keynote Speaker

I can be either a live funny keynote speaker or a funny virtual keynote speaker. I’m not a motivational speaker. I won’t get people riled up but I will get them laughing for my entire time on stage. If I tell my story about fighting a parking ticket in Philadelphia I may get people excited to fight for justice. Okay, parking ticket justice. Hey, everybody’s got to start somewhere. If you’re looking for a funny keynote speaker I’m your guy. So if you want to call me a corporate keynote speaker that’s fine with me. As long as I get paid to make people laugh I’m happy. And you will be too.

Your audience will arrive full of enthusiasm for my keynote speech because I can provide you with video of me on stage that you can share with them in advance. They will depart happy and grateful and will be talking about the event for days if not weeks.

I have hours of material so I should be able to link my keynote address to the theme of your event, company or industry. With a business background I may understand your industry quite well, especially if it’s banking or finance (I was a banker for 20 years before becoming a full-time stand-up comic), accounting (my father was an accountant and I have accounting jokes and stories), advertising or marketing (I majored in marketing at Wharton), insurance (I was an actuarial assistant for a couple of years), aviation (I’m a licensed, instrument-rated pilot) or boating (former rower and dragon-boat racer and I have a rather useless New York State boating license).

Also law. Though I’m not an attorney lots of people seem to think I’m one. I served for 17 months on a federal grand jury, I have at least one pro-lawyer joke and I am 1-0 representing myself in New York State Supreme Court. I sued a home improvement contractor and beat the heck out of a trial attorney using the two most powerful weapons in my arsenal: humor and sarcasm. I also wrote an article for the New Jersey Law Journal on attorneys who became comedians. And in addition to not being an attorney I’m also not from New Jersey.

I love answering audience questions after a keynote speech. It gives me the chance to be spontaneously funny, to learn about what audiences are curious about, to tell stories that are fun and funny but don’t necessarily fit into either a stand-up routine or keynote speech. Audiences love it too. It’s like a backstage pass.

One thing to note: I speak. I may pace a bit. I tell jokes and very funny stories. I don’t use Powerpoint. I don’t need slides. Just a good sound system with a hand-held microphone (not a mic stuck to a lectern). Proper lighting also helps.

Back before I was a comedian I was a banker and I was chosen to be the keynote (closing) speaker at an international conference on risk management. The speakers before me were from more prestigious companies. They had a lot of data to present and used a lot of slides. This was a bit anxiety-inducing until I realized that their extensive, detailed data and slides were a drawback. It was too much detail and was both rote and confusing. I was the opposite- the case I had to present that was both interesting and easy to understand. Nobody was distracted or confused during my talk. I was the one who drew the most questions because I held their interest. And yes, they invited me back to be the keynote speaker again the next year.


How to hire me

It’s not complicated. Email Shaun (at) Brain Champagne dot com, or call or text me at (914) it’s-funny (914) 487-3866. Feel free to call or text or email with questions. Sometimes my answers are funny. But no promises. Though some people have told me that they find that my contract is funny. I guess my personality shows through. Plus my lawyer was my college roommate and he’s pretty funny too. But he’s an attorney, not a clean corporate stand-up comedian. He should be. I tried to get him to try stand-up comedy. He’s done some acting so that was a step ahead of me when I started. The last time I was in a play was fifth grade. I hated it. I don’t remember the play but I had three lines and got shot. For weeks people thought it was funny to say to me “I thought you were dead.” It was a long time before I ever got back on stage, and that was to tell my own words. And I love my job. I get paid to make people laugh. And that’s great.

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