ELI JAMES is an actor, comedian, musician and writer.
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 “The Four of Us” at Manhattan Theatre Club, “Becky Shaw” at the Huntington Theater and the world premiere of Jason Grote’s “Maria/Stuart,” directed by Pam McKinnon. His TV credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Unforgettable,” “Alpha House,” “Lights Out” and “Murder in Manhattan.”
Since 2014, he has been a house team performer at famed comedy hub The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. His Maude Team, "Cha-Cha," puts on an original sketch comedy show monthly at the UCB Theatre in New York. He has performed his solo show “Imagine All the People: A Survey of Music Business Creeps” at the Peoples Improv Theater and UCB Theatre. His previous 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.
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.