Honored as one of New York’s “Best Emerging Artists” and “Ten Standout Stand-Ups Worth Watching” by Back Stage Magazine, Ray Ellin is comedy’s renaissance man: comedian, television host, actor, writer and filmmaker.
Ray’s the popular host of LateNet with Ray Ellin, the first live comedy/variety show to combine both in-studio and interactive online audiences. The show features A-list celebrities, top comedians, and musical guests including Chevy Chase, Hank Azaria, Leonard Nimoy, Paul Shaffer, Fran Drescher, and many more.
In addition to LateNet with Ray Ellin, Ray has also been the host and writer of the syndicated television shows The Movie Loft Premium TV, and currently BrainFuelTV.
Ray is a featured performer in NYC’s hottest comedy clubs and a regular weekend emcee at the world famous Comic Strip Live.
Known for his ability to ad-lib and improvise with any crowd, Ray has become one of the most sought-after hosts for corporate and charity events.
Profiling the top three Latin comics in the country, Ray executive produced and directed the film The Latin Legends of Comedy. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, the movie received the Best Documentary Award at the Boston International Film Festival.
Ray’s talents have taken him to many venues, having performed at hundreds of colleges and comedy clubs around the country. He has racked up an impressive list of television credits including appearances on HBO, FOX, VH1, DISCOVERY, ABC, NBC, and England’s Mancs vs. Yanks. Ray was also profiled on Dateline NBC, in which it was discovered that his blood pressure actually drops right before he goes on stage!
Ray hosted the MetroChannel show New York Now where he interviewed celebrities including Michael Douglas, the Grateful Dead, and former NYC mayor Ed Koch. Ray’s duties included everything from in-studio and live remote broadcasts to scripting segments and production. He also served as TBS’ emcee at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.
Ray is the founder of the popular comedy site DailyComedy.com, the “youtube for jokes.” He also managed to find time to co-create and produce the animated series La Familia, featuring John Leguizamo, and the Jack Daniel’s Latino Comedy Series, a 13-week comedy event in New York City. The enormously successful program was tapped by other major U.S. cities including Chicago and Miami.
As an actor, Ray has taken on a variety of theater roles. He also co-starred in the romantic comedy Killing Cinderella, and produced and co-starred in the short films Yellow and The Face. He has appeared in several television commercials including spots for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Entertainment Weekly, A&E and a multi-part campaign for the Sci-Fi Channel.
Ray lives in New York, has two older sisters, has no tolerance for women who don’t eat on dates, and likes Barry Manilow.
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