What you should know about corporate clean comedian Shaun Eli for your event in New Haven, Stamford, Greenwich, Fairfield or anywhere else in Connecticut
Not particularly relevant details about me
I’m an Ivy-educated clean stand-up comedian. Is that Connecticut enough for you? Or at least New Haven enough for you? (I worked in finance so that should cover Greenwich too) My older brothers went to Yale. One for a PhD. The other, as an undergrad. He told me when he lived in New Haven it rained for four years. I took that to mean I shouldn’t apply to Yale, even though I’m the family member with the middle name Eli. I ended up attending The University of Pennsylvania. And then, after 20 years in finance, made the happy switch to stand-up comedy. I get paid to make people laugh. I can’t think of a better job than that. And they wrote an article about me in the Yale Daily News. I’ve also 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.
My first job in finance, by the way, was in Greenwich. They later sent me to their Stamford and Stratford offices. This was with the finance subsidiary of Chrysler. I started there driving my parents’ VW Rabbit. Later I sold that car to a hitchhiker (really) and bought an Acura. They were annoyed I didn’t buy a Chrysler. I said that I was just following Lee Iacocca’s advice. He was the head of Chrysler and a company hero, and he’d said “If you can find a better-built car, buy it.” I said “I did and I did.” That sort of shut them up. The executives got cars for nothing and yet they thought I should buy the car of their choice. I think that’s one thing wrong with car companies- the executives get new cars every four months and don’t pay for anything. I think they should be forced to drive ten year old cars and have to go to dealerships for service under assumed names. Then they’d learn what their customers go through.
Are you starting to see why I no longer work in a large corporation?
It’s because too often I’m right and people don’t want to hear it.
About my shows
My stand-up comedy is clean, but it doesn’t matter if that doesn’t matter to you. I make people laugh, and it’s a rare person who doesn’t like stand-up unless it’s specifically vulgar. There are two questions I get asked a lot, and I don’t really have an answer for either of them. One is what is my style of comedy? I can say clean, I can also say cerebral or clever or smart, but that doesn’t really mean anything. I think really it’s just the lack of dumb jokes. I want people to think, at least a little. I could say my style is story-telling, but there’s two issues with that. One is that people don’t realize that a story-telling comedian is at first a comedian. It’s not a long story with one punchline at the end. We still aim for several laughs every minute along the way. And two is that not all my stuff is stories. Some of it is one-liners or other quick jokes.
The other question is: What do I talk about on stage? That’s a hard question to be specific about because it could be about fighting a parking ticket, or about my parents, or about dating. But no jokes about Tinder. Too many other comics have Tinder jokes, and I’m not on Tinder. I really prefer to meet women on HomeDepot.com.
But if I say I talk about something specific and then at a particular show I don’t, I get asked why I didn’t talk about whatever that was. What do I say, “I didn’t promise to?” Or “I didn’t feel like it?” Or “I forgot?”
If you want to see what I’m like on stage watch my stand-up comedy videos.
How to hire me
That’s easy. 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. I’m always happy to talk about comedy. And people who’ve hired me have said I’m easy to work with and also fun. Someone said she cracked up just reading my contract. I don’t know if that means I should’ve been an attorney or that it’s a good thing that I’m not.