Ari Shaffir is a stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor who describes his comedy as a puppet show, but way filthier and without the puppets. He grew up orthodox Jewish, spent 2 years in a yeshiva in Israel, and came back to America to lose his religion and become a comic. LA Weekly has called Shaffir “a gifted unyielding comic…a real force to be reckoned with.” Shaffir’s new two-part Netflix special, Double Negative, released on Netflix in July 2017. Presented in two episodes, Children and Adulthood, the special is a sprawling look at where the comedian is at in life right now.
Shaffir co-created and hosted 3 seasons of Comedy Central’s weekly storytelling series This is Not Happening, which will return for its fourth season later this year. He was a regular panel guest on the series @midnight, and has appeared on Comedy Underground with Dave Atell, both on Comedy Central; he has also been featured on Showtime’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza, HBO’s Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, and TBS’s Conan.
Shaffir also hosts the wildly popular podcast The Skeptic Tank, a weekly interview show where he chats with everyone from parents to comedians to prostitutes “to help better understand humanity and also to make fart jokes.” The podcast is consistently among the top-rated podcasts on iTunes and averages over 100,000 downloads per week.
In the past 5 years, Shaffir has released two hour-long standup specials on Comedy Central entitled Paid Regular and Passive Aggressive. Prior to these popular specials, Shaffir’s standup album “Revenge for the Holocaust” went to number 1 on both iTunes charts and Amazon.com the week of its premiere. He continues to perform standup to sold-out crowds nationwide and has been featured at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs Festival, San Francisco SketchFest, SXSW, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. For more information go to www.AriShaffir.com or follow follow Shaffir on Twitter @AriShaffir.