Eddie Ifft always knew that his antics in school would pay off someday. If only his parents and teachers knew what the future held. After being either suspended or expelled from grade school, junior high, high school and college, Eddie somehow graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint in politics interning for a Senator in Washington DC, Eddie quickly realized that politics was way too serious for him. He moved back home to Pittsburgh and took a job working at his father's insurance firm, until one random night when he gave stand-up comedy a try at an open-mike night at a Pittsburgh comedy club. Once the spotlight was on him, he knew that was the place for him. The next day he resigned from the insurance firm (although his father claims he was fired).
Eddie packed his bags and moved off to New York City to pursue a career in comedy. He bounced around doing odd-jobs by day and stand-up at night until one night when he won an Off-Broadway stand-up competition sponsored by Caroline's Comedy Club.
Following that success, he continued to appear regularly at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the country, leading to appearances on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and NBC's Late Friday Night. He has performed stand-up with names such as Dave Chapelle, Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. In addition he worked with Andy Dick in a sketch show at the Toyota Comedy Festival.
While performing his stand-up at night, Eddie honed his acting and hosting skills during the day. Luck was on his side; he booked his first audition as the host of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Since then, he has been featured in numerous national commercials and campaigns, including a full season as the ABC College Football Guy. His quick wit and personality led to a job as the "man-on-the-street" on the Queen Latifah show. He also served as the co-host of a morning sports radio show on New York City's popular WNEW.
In 2000, Eddie had a chance to return to Washington DC; he performed at the Kennedy Center as one of the top young comics at the prestigious Mark Twain awards. In 2001, Eddie, as one of the top new faces in the world of comedy was chosen to perform at the prestigious Just for Laffs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
Recently, Eddie was featured on a number of episodes of VH1's new show "Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and can be seen in Jerry Seinfeld's up-coming documentary film, "Comedian." Also, this summer Eddie toured Europe performing to rave reviews. His CD entitled "I Learned the Hard Way" was released in November and his website eddieifft.com was launched early this year and has had well over 100,000 hits to date. Comedy Central has chosen Eddie to host a pilot for the network entitled "Strap-On."
When not working, Eddie is either skiing or golfing. Believe it or not, he really does live in New York with one of his three sisters and by the way, does cut his own hair.