||This biographical article is written like a résumé. (March 2013)|
|Birth name||Eddie Brill|
|Born||New York, New York|
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Satire, observational comedy, Improvisational comedy, Sarcasm|
|Subject(s)||education, religion, American politics, commercialism, health, everyday life, family|
|Notable works and roles||Late Show with David Letterman, Creative Director of The Great American Comedy Festival, Humor consultant of Reader's Digest|
Eddie Brill is an American comedian, writer, and actor who started his career in Boston, Massachusetts. He was previously the warm-up comedian and comedy talent coordinator of Late Show with David Letterman. Brill tours frequently, performing in the US as well as England, Ireland, France, Australia, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong. He is also the humor consultant for Reader's Digest.
Eddie Brill was born in New York City, but raised in Hollywood, Florida. He originally intended to study mathematics and science at MIT, however, his stepfather's death while he was just a junior in high school made him reconsider his life's plans. He came to the conclusion that it would be best to pursue a more creative career.
Eddie Brill attended Emerson College, where he founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop along with Denis Leary, Chris Phillips and Adam Roth. He helped to create the first comedy writing department in a college, along with fellow alumni Norman Lear in 1978. He also began performing standup while in college. He stopped after college in 1980 and then picked it back up in July 1984 when he started a comedy club in NYC named The Paper Moon. Brill has been working internationally as a comedian since 1989 and has appeared on over 100 TV shows in six different countries. He also worked for the Late Show with David Letterman since February 1997 as the audience warm-up and in March 2001 also became the talent coordinator for the stand-up comedians. Brill no longer holds either position. He is also the creative director of The Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, Nebraska which honors Johnny Carson.
In 2012, Brill was removed from his position as the stand-up comedy booker for The Late Show after giving an interview with the New York Times. He was quoted as saying “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic. I see a lot of female comics who, to please an audience, will act like men." which some considered sexist.
- Has appeared on The Late Show ten times.
- Appeared as a panellist on British comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2001.
- Is featured in a 2003 episode of Comedy Central Presents.
- Played a character on Contest Searchlight.
- Appears in season two of Dr Katz, Professional Therapist.
- Appeared on Comics Come Home 2.
- Played himself on the FX sitcom Louie.
- Eddie played an undercover cop in the film Dead Horse.
- Eddie acted in the film 30 Years to Life (starring Tracy Morgan).
- Eddie acted in the film "Drop Dead Rock." (starring Adam Ant and Deborah Harry)
- Eddie is a 3-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Award Winner for Best Male Stand-up Comic in NYC.
- In 2008, Eddie received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by ECNY. (The Emerging Comics of NY)
- Zinoman, Jason (January 11, 2012). "The Comedy Gatekeeper Who Makes Letterman Laugh". New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- Tim Molloy (2012-01-17). "Letterman Comedian Booker Dropped After Comments About Women in Comedy (Update)". TheWRAP. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- Dave Itzkoff (2012-01-17). "‘Late Show’ Replaces Its Longtime Comedy Booker". New York Times.