Clean Corporate Comedian Shaun Eli for your government, corporate or charity event in the Washington, DC area
Yes, that includes Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
I’m a clean stand-up comedian. I’ve been performing for over 18 years, full-time for 12. Before that I worked in finance in NYC (fixed-income products, if you care) while selling monologue jokes free-lance to three late-night TV hosts, mostly Jay Leno. My dad was in the infantry in WW II, went to college on the GI Bill, and studied accounting. He ended up working for the IRS. So I have never complained about taxes. It’s a weird thing for a kid, when your friend’s parents think they have to hide the new fancy TV from you. Even though dad worked auditing the largest corporations, not Billy’s parents. I’m proud of dad- he brought down the head of one of America’s largest corporations for tax fraud. it’s a great story. Unfortunately it’s not a funny story so I don’t talk about it on stage. I do have plenty of jokes about mom and dad. Mostly dad. I also have jokes that mention my brothers and cousins, but they’re not the punchline.
As a comedian I’ve headlined shows on 5 continents. I’ve been profiled or quoted in all sorts of major publications, including front-page stories in The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor plus profiles in various other publications. I’ve written articles on comedy for Reader’s Digest, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger. I also wrote two “Seinfeld’ episodes that never got made- you can find them under the Writings tab at the top of the page.
About my shows
My comedy is clean and it’s a random combination of stories about my family, my former employer (it’s so nice to get paid to make fun of them!), random things that have happened in my life, from fighting a parking ticket to serving on a criminal jury to engineering a fight between NBC and Google, combined with one-liners and other short jokes. As the son of a long-time federal employee I’m happy to do shows for government organizations. I’ve done a few for the U.S. Army War College, where I was honored to be a participant in their National Security Seminar Week a few years ago.
I would really love to do shows for the CIA (so I can say I did a show for the CIA but I can’t tell you about it) and the IRS (so I can say I made the IRS laugh, although why anybody would assume the IRS has no sense of humor I don’t know- they have to laugh when they see my tax returns).
It’s a lot of fun for me to write and perform jokes about negative things that have happened to me. I know sometimes people say “The jokes write themselves” but that’s nonsense. Somebody has to put punchlines into stories and properly structure the set-up so the punch is a surprise. And even subtle changes can make a big difference in how well a joke works. That said, sometimes I just sit down at the computer and the jokes just flow. Other times I wake up in the middle of the night and there’s a routine in my head. Recently I was driving on local streets through the South Bronx- thanks Waze- and there was a boat in the street. By the time I got home (thanks again, Waze) I had a five minute story about the trip. I haven’t told it on stage yet as I’m still fine-tuning it. But my friends have already approved it. And if that’s your boat on 174th Street and Bronx River Avenue please give me a call.
If you want to see what I’m like on stage watch my stand-up comedy videos.
How to book me
Happy to answer any questions. It’s one way I can learn more about what people are looking for and what their concerns are. I’m inexpensive because I’m not greedy. I like to perform. My prices are even more affordable for government and charity events. Email Shaun (at) Brain Champagne dot com, or call or text me at (914) it’s-funny (914) 487-3866.