Ian Karmel is an Emmy nominated LA-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he is currently co-head writer for the Emmy award winning The Late Late Show with James Cordon, of which Ian was one of the founding writers in the show's 2015 re-creation.  Previously he was a staff writer and round table regular on E!'s Chelsea Lately.  Ian's stand-up has been featured on Conan, The Late Late Show, Comedy Central, and most recently showcased on Netflix's The Comedy Line Up: Part 1. His debut comedy album, 9.2 on Pitchforkwas released in 2015 to rave reviews. Ian's weekly podcast All Fantasy Everything, from Headgum studios, is in its second year of production. Featured on many best of lists, it's a lighthearted show where funny people and experts come together to fantasy draft pop culture.

Hometown hero, Ian played an instrumental role in Portland's comedy renaissance and was voted Portland's Funniest Person in 2011. Beloved for his appearances on IFC's Portlandia, the Blazers wrap-up show Talkin' Ball, and long running weekly column in the Portland Mercury,  Everything as Fuck. With roots in improv and theatre, Ian's training includes The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade. In 2013, Ian was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was a breakout stand-up in the New Faces category.

Ian currently tours as much as possible and regularly preforms around Los Angeles. You can catch him co-hosting his own monthly show, Good Looks, named one of 10 Best New Stand-Up Shows by LA Weekly. 


"I was like, holy shit this guy’s strong. Holy shit how am I gonna follow that? This guy’s an ANIMAL. This Ian Karmel fella. He’s a big boy, with a big tone, big jokes.”                   - Marc Maron



CBS, The Late Late Show with James Cordon

E, Chelsea Lately

Comedy Central, Meltdown


Comedy Central, Adam DeVine’s House Party

IFC, Portlandia

TruTV, Those Who Can't

Showtime, I'm Dying Up Here

Travel Channel, Best Sandwich in America

CSNNW, Talkin' Ball



Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2013 New Faces

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Featured Comic 2014-2017

Bridgetown Comedy Festival, 2013-2017


Moontower Comedy Festival



The Late Late Show, co-head writer

The 2017 and 2018 Grammys

The 2016 Tony Awards

The New York Times


Chelsea Lately 


Weekly column, Everything as Fuck in the Portland Mercury, 4 years 



Emmy nomination for writing, 2016 Tony Awards

Emmys for The Late Late Show in Outstanding Interactive Program & Outstanding Variety Special 

Vulture's, The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015

Rodney Dangerfield’s 2014 Rising Star award 

Portland’s 2011 Funniest Person

Paste's The 75 Best Twitter Accounts, 2014 & 2015

One of America's Top 100 Ians