Ed Driscoll began his comedy career as a performer at clubs and on television in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He quickly gained national notoriety as a touring comic, opening for such performers as Jay Leno, Steven Wright, and Robert Klein.
Driscoll then moved to Boston to take advantage of the city’s thriving club scene, and taught a well-received course in stand-up comedy at the Boston Center For Adult Education. A favorite performer at the plethora of local universities, Ed also wrote and performed sketches as part of the cutting-edge troupe “Cross Comedy,” led by comedian/actor David Cross.
Driscoll was recruited by Dennis Miller to move to Los Angeles to write on HBO's “Dennis Miller Live.” His work there was recognized with an Emmy, a Cable Ace Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award. Ed soon began writing material for Billy Crystal, and drew high praise for his work on the 69th, 70th, 72nd, and 76th Academy Awards.
Driscoll’s movie “The Comeback,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, won Best Short Film at the 2002 Aspen Comedy Festival. That same year, Ed made his Las Vegas debut, opening for Louie Anderson, and also hosted his own talk show entitled “Please Talk To Ed” at the HBO Workspace in Hollywood. In addition, Driscoll’s stand-up show “Mismatch Maker,” examining the travails of on-line dating, ran for nine weeks at the legendary Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
In the last few years, Driscoll served as Supervising Producer on "The Showbiz Show With David Spade", and did a stand-up tour in support of his first book, "Spilled Gravy." He continued to write for such artists as Danny Gans, Joan Rivers, and Jeff Dunham, and also wrote material for HBO’s “Comic Relief,” benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Ed has also served as a judge on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Blue Ribbon Panel to choose the Emmy nominees for Best Comedy Series.
Known for his quick wit, Driscoll is a highly sought “punch up” writer, contributing to various television series such as “The Drew Carey Show,” and various feature films such as “National Security” and
the “ Scooby Doo” movies.
A music enthusiast, Ed co-wrote the theme song for the Warner Bros. animated series “Ozzy and Drix” and has also written special material for Barry Manilow’s Las Vegas show “Music And Passion,” as well as Michael Buble’s 2010 “Crazy Love” tour.
Driscoll’s television appearances include “Politically Incorrect” and NBC’s “Comedy Showcase.” A rabid sports fan, Driscoll has appeared on ESPN’s “The Espy Awards,” “Rome Is Burning,” and “Cold Pizza.” Recently, Ed hosted Dakota Pictures pilot “Behind The Lines”, an inside look at the writing process of some of the most popular shows in television history.
Currently, Ed is developing several television projects, and has just finished his second book,
“Unmoved Chess Pieces”, which will be published early next year.
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