Joel Chasnoff has taken the stage in seven countries around the globe at some of the world’s biggest comedy venues: the Montreal Comedy Festival, a USO Tour of Japan and Korea entertaining the troops, and hundreds of college and clubs dates nationwide. As an opener, Joel has worked with some of the best-known comics around, including Jon Stewart, Gilbert Gottfried, and Lewis Black.
Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, by two anti-establishment Democrats, Joel attended Jewish Day School for nine years, many of which were spent fantasizing about what mysteries lay beneath the long denim skirts of the orthodox cheerleaders. Because they had no budget, Joel’s Day School could not afford to hire an expert to teach Sex Education to its seventh- and eighth-grade students. That’s when Joel’s pediatrician father came to the rescue! Armed only with the film “Am I Normal?” and a talent for sketching larger-than-life genitalia on the blackboard, Joel’s dad taught many a young Jew, including Joel himself, about the birds and the bees, and the birds and the birds, and the bees and the bees, and the two birds with one bee (should one be so lucky).
Joel attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, home of the Fighting Quakers. During college he spent two summers with the Philadelphia Phillies baseball organization as an on-field performer in a fruitless attempt to entertain 40,000 of the world’s heaviest-drinking sports fans.
After graduating from Penn, Joel decided to relax a bit by serving in the Israel Defense Forces, where he was a tank gunner in the Armored Corps. Upon completion of his military service, Joel took a quick trip through Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America and Europe, hitting 21 countries in all in an experience that taught Joel the true value of open-mindedness and frequent flyer miles. Joel then returned to his hometown of Chicago and began to build his comedy career.
Joel currently resides in New York City with his wife and 2-year old identical twin girls who, Halleluiah!, have recently expressed a serious interest in potty training.