Born in Queens to immigrant parents, Eliot lived an introverted quiet life until he broke out of his shell at 16 when he found his love of theater. He performed in a dozen high school musicals and drama plays before graduation. Persuaded by his parent’s desire for a stable career he attended CUNY Medical School but left years later when he realized it was not his true calling. Uncertain of his future, Eliot answered an ad in the Wall Street Journal and became a stockbroker at a small investment firm.
During that time, he started performing stand-up comedy simply as a hobby to reduce the stress from pitching stocks 12 hours a day on Wall Street. His friends had been urging him to try comedy since high school so one day he dropped into the now famous Gotham Comedy Club and signed up for their open mic. Soon the hobby became an obsession. He could go twice a week, right after closing bell and returning to the office when we was done telling jokes.
Eliot’s stand-up career and Wall Street business both grew quicker than expected and he decided to commit full-time to comedy in order to see how far he could succeed. In a twist of fate, before he could give his notice, the investment firm was closed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Taking this as an omen, he started performing comedy full-time and has never looked back.
Perseverance and lots of luck led to his first 5 min spot on Comedy Central. Later on, his first half hour special on the same network was voted #2 out of 48 in Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Showdown.