ELI JAMES is an actor, comedian, musician and writer.
His TV credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Unforgettable,” “Alpha House,” “Lights Out” and “Murder in Manhattan.” His Broadway credits include the National Theatre of Great Britain's “One Man, Two Guvnors” starring James Corden and directed by Nicholas Hytner, as well as Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Further stage credits include “Becky Shaw” at the Huntington Theater, “The Four of Us” at Manhattan Theatre Club, and the world premiere of Jason Grote’s “Maria/Stuart,” directed by Pam McKinnon. In his native Philadelphia, he appeared in "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" at Philadelphia Theatre Company and "The Invention of Love" at The Wilma Theater. His solo show “Imagine All the People: A Survey of Music Business Creeps” ran at New York’s Peoples Improv Theater, directed by Philip Emeott. His solo show “William and the Tradesmen,” was dubbed "a gem ... well-wrought, insightful and precise" by nytheatre.com and ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and at the Drilling Company with Project: Theater. Along with Philip Emeott, Eli is one half of comedy video team Payola Productions, whose short film “Goldfish & Ray” won the Jury Prize at Quickie Fest IV at Anthology Film Archives.
Eli frequently preforms at famed comedy hub The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. He was a house team performer on the Maude Teams "Cha-Cha,” “Mama’s Gotta Go,” and “Lover," who produced original sketch comedy shows monthly on UCB’s Chelsea stage.
His essay "Finding the Beat" was published in the Random House collection “Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers,” a Boston Globe best-seller, and his plays have been produced at Ars Nova, La Mama, InterAct Theatre Company, Orlando Shakespeare Festival and Portland Stage. He is a lifelong guitarist and songwriter, and as a coach, he has instructed many diverse groups and individuals in acting, improv, and his specialty: dialects.