Eddie Ifft

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Eddie Ifft (born 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

Biography[edit]

Ifft graduated with honors from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1992. After graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a brother of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and competed in track and field, he moved to New York City, New York, US, and commenced performing stand-up comedy on the club circuit. Ifft worked for many years with the Long Brothers in the New York area as an errand boy. It's where Ifft draws a lot of his inspiration for his stand up.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Ifft performed on many stand-up comedy specials, including Comedy Central's Premium Blend, NBC's Late Friday Night, BET's Comic View, ABC's Comics Unleashed, NBC's Last Comic Standing, and in July 2001 he performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival in New Faces. In August 2008 he filmed his own 1/2 hour special for Comedy Central (Comedy Central Presents).

One of a few American comedians to tour globally, Ifft has toured the UK and Australia extensively. In Australia he has been featured on Rove Live, The Glass House, The Footy Show, Stand Up Australia, Wil & Lehmo, The Sideshow, Thank God You're Here, Good News Week, The Circle, and Spicks and Specks.

In June 2007 he taped his first live DVD at the Sydney Opera House to a sold-out crowd. He has recorded three live stand-up comedy CDs: I Learned the Hard Way (2004), Jokes That Make My Friends Laugh (2006), and Live from Australia (2009), produced by Roof Top Comedy. The DVD, Eddie Ifft Live was recorded at the Sydney Opera House and was released in February 2011 by Punchline DVD.

Television[edit]

In 2013 Ifft guest starred on the FX Network sitcom Legit, where he played a personal trainer that loses his way and falls into drugs, alcohol and over eating. In order to play the part, Ifft had to undergo 3 hours of make-up to appear 40 pounds heavier.

In 2012 Ifft appeared on Showtime's Tommy Chong "420 special".

Ifft briefly worked on the Queen Latifah Show, doing man-on-the-street segments and has been featured on many other TV shows including Fuel TV's Daily Habit and Showtime's "The Green Room" with Paul Provenza.

In 2006, Ifft moved from New York to Los Angeles where he still resides, developing sitcoms with networks. He starred in a pilot for Comedy Central, entitled Strap-On, and created a show for the FX Network while performing stand-up comedy on a nightly basis.

Radio/ Podcasting[edit]

Ifft co-hosted the now-defunct New York City WNEW morning show Sports Guys. He still appears regularly on nationwide radio shows, including KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean Show, the Bob and Tom Show, and San Francisco's Alice 97.3 Morning Show with Sarah and Vinnie.

The podcast Talkin' Shit with Jim Jefferies and Eddie Ifft charted regularly in the Top 10 comedy podcasts globally on iTunes.

Jim Jefferies left the show in November 2012 citing his busy workload, including a new sitcom as the reason. Rumours that Ifft and Jefferies had been lovers that simply grew apart continue to permeate the LA comedy circuit. Eddie has presented the show on his own since from his Venice home. The podcast features a crew known as the 'Mongs', many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum. Most severely is the "Auer of Power" Jason Auer. Prior to his widely reported death in a scooter accident, Jason Auer, a former worship leader in a cult and long term homeless resident of Venice, would resign and come back on a regular basis. In March 2014 it was revealed that Auer's death had been an optimistic hoax.

The podcast was the first to be banned by iTunes. Apple claims to officially have banned it for the inappropriate name, but Ifft and Jefferies claim it was because of a feud they had with another podcast coincidentally with the name the Apple Sisters.

The Talkin' Shit fans, ShitHeads, are very active on the Talkin' Shit Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Achievements and awards[edit]

Ifft was one of five finalists in the 2006 MySpace/TBS "Stand-Up or Sit-Down" Competition.[1]

Causes[edit]

In 2008 Ifft ran the New York City Marathon, along with Howard Stern's wife Beth Stern, to raise funds for the North Shore Animal Shelter.

In 2011 Ifft was the celebrity participant in the Aveda "Walk for Water". The walk was a 7K walk around the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne Australia. The walk was to raise awareness for women in Africa that have to walk 7K each day to get clean water for their families. Ifft admittedly in his comedy act claims to have not made it the whole distance, but he found a shortcut, so the women wouldn't have to walk that far.

In 2011 Ifft and fellow podcast partner Jim Jefferies, produced and performed in an event at the Hollywood Improv called, "Australia's Really Down Under". The event was to raise funds for the victims of the Brisbane Floods. Other comedians such as Wil Anderson (comedian) and Rob Riggle (actor) also performed on the fundraiser.

In 2012, Ifft is listed as a supporter of the "Oscar's Law" campaign, together with other publicly known figures (mostly Australian). The campaign protests against the factory farming of companion animals and is named after a neglected dog found in central Victoria, Australia. Other notable supporters include Mark McEntee (musician), Mick Molloy (comedian) and the Essendon Football Club (Australian Football League).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ifft resides in Venice, California, United States (US)[citation needed] with his wife,Lauren, and two dogs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddie Ifft (21 November 2006). "Eddie Ifft @ Stand-Up or Sit Down Finale". myspace. Myspace LLC. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Debra Tranter (2012). "Home". Oscar's Law. Oscar's Law. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 

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