Besides growing up with a house full of older sisters, and becoming a self-proclaimed expert on all Barry Manilow songs, Little House on the Prairie, and the NFL – – Ray Ellin is a producer, host, comedian, and writer. He is an executive producer of Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, which just wrapped its third season.
Ray recently founded www.ComedyCloud.co, which generates live interactive online comedy content for corporations and charities, boosting employee morale, and connecting people. Ray has become the leader in modifying comedy to work within a limited web platform.
Ray is currently producing and hosting online content in the form of standup comedy and game shows. He has two scripted television dramas in development, as well as two tv competition shows.
Ray was profiled on Dateline NBC, where it was discovered that his blood pressure actually drops when he’s onstage.
Ray was the popular host of LateNet with Ray Ellin, the groundbreaking comedy/variety show to simultaneously combine both in-studio and interactive online audiences. The show featured A-List celebrities, top comedians, and musical guests including Chevy Chase, Hank Azaria, Leonard Nimoy, Paul Shaffer, Fran Drescher, and more. Ray was also the host/writer of the tv shows New York Now, Brain Fuel, and The Movie Loft.
Ray is the host of Gong Show Live, the official resurrection of the iconic 70’s talent competition. Show creator and host Chuck Barris gave Ray his blessing to host the live show.
Ray produced and directed the film The Latin Legends of Comedy, which he sold to 20thCentury Fox. The film came in third in per-screen average during its limited theatrical release.
Ray is the owner of Aruba Ray’s Comedy Club on the island of Aruba. The venue recently celebrated its seven-year anniversary, and does approximately 100 shows a year, featuring top US comedians on each show (including Ellin). The wildly successful venue is rated Number One on TripAdvisor in three different categories, including ‘Best Show’, ‘Best Nightlife’, and ‘Best Fun and Activities’.
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. Ray’s ability as a comedic auctioneer has raised over two million dollars for worthwhile causes.
As an actor, Ray co-starred in the romantic comedy Killing Cinderella, and produced and co-starred in the short films Yellow, The Try-Out, The Face, and Felix the Painter. He has made numerous tv appearances on CBS, FOX, ABC, VH1, Discovery and HBO. He has been featured in many tv commercials including those for Volkswagen, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser.
Ray co-created and produced the animated series La Familia featuring John Leguizamo.
Ray is a regular performer and host at the Comedy Cellar in New York City.