Eddie Brill

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Eddie Brill
Born New York, New York
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
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
Website http://www.eddiebrill.com

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. At one time, he was a humor consultant for Reader's Digest.


Eddie Brill was born in New York City, and raised in Hollywood, Florida.

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 from February 1997 through February 2014 as the audience warm-up and in March 2001 also became the talent coordinator for the stand-up comedians. 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 for giving an interview with the New York Times without the show's permission. 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." [1][2][3]

He is the father of standup comedian, Dan Madonia. He didn't know he had a son until Daniel approached him when he was 12 years old. The two connected beautifully, love each other, and now perform on shows together often.

Television appearances[edit]


  • 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)


  1. ^ Zinoman, Jason (January 11, 2012). "The Comedy Gatekeeper Who Makes Letterman Laugh". New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Tim Molloy (2012-01-17). "Letterman Comedian Booker Dropped After Comments About Women in Comedy (Update)". TheWRAP. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ Dave Itzkoff (2012-01-17). "'Late Show' Replaces Its Longtime Comedy Booker". New York Times. 

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