Ray Ellin
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Ray Ellin

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Honored as one of the “Ten Standout Stand-Ups Worth Watching” by Back Stage magazine, Ray Ellin is comedy's renaissance man: comic, television host, actor, writer and producer/director.

Ray began his career as a stand-up comedian in Boston at the age of 15. Today, he 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 New York's most sought-after host.

Ray executive produced and directed the hilarious movie “The Latin Legends Of Comedy,” soon to be released by 20th Century Fox. The documentary/concert film profiles the top three Latin comics in the country, and has gotten rave reviews. A live national stand-up tour is also underway, also produced by Ray.

Ray has been tapped to direct the feature film “The Bourbon Brothers,” a comedy starring Academy-Award winner Mercedes Reuhl.

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's “Chris Rock Show,” FOX's “Fox X-Press,” ABC's “Primetime Live,” NBC's “Friday Night” and “Today Show” and England's “Mancs vs. Yanks.”

Ray has also hosted the New York City version of “Entertainment Tonight” on the well-received Metrochannel show “New York Now.” Ray's hosting duties included everything from in-studio and live remote broadcasts to scripting segments and production.

“Dateline NBC” turned to Ray when they wanted to add a little sizzle to a two-hour special profiling the hour-to-hour stress levels of five people. A “day in the life” of Ray Ellin was featured on Dateline. An interesting fact: Dateline discovered that's Rays' blood pressure actually drops right before he goes on stage!

Ray is the co-creator and host of “Captain Ray’s Starship,” a live, wild talent contest that's a combination of “Star Search” and the “Gong Show.” He has also managed to find time to co-create and produce the animated series “La Familia” with John Leguizamo. Ray also co-created and produced the “Jack Daniel's Latino Comedy Series,” a 13-week comedy festival in New York City. The enormously successful event was tapped by other cities including Miami and Chicago.

As an actor, Ray has taken on a variety of theater roles and has appeared in several television commercials including those for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Entertainment Weekly, A&E and a multi-part campaign for the Sci-Fi Channel. He also co-starred in the indie feature “Killing Cinderella,” a romantic comedy with Jessica Capshaw and Anthony Clark.

Ray lives in New York, has two older sisters, has no tolerance for women who don't eat on dates, and likes Barry Manilow.