Ian Abramson is from Moreno Valley, California, where he learned to walk, read, and drive, but not in that order. He studied theater at California State University Channel Islands, which isn't on an island, but has been converted from an old mental hospital, so it's isolated in its own way. While at school, he took as many performance and writing classes as he could and after trying stand-up at a couple of campus open mics, he decided to start writing comedy. After finishing school, he briefly lived in Orange County, launching his standup career.
In search of the best comedy training, Ian moved to Chicago where he began taking improv classes at The Second City and the iO Theatre. With comic friend Tim Barnes, he co-created The Pitch and Talent Scout's Honor, both web series for Tom Snyder (of Dr. Katz fame). Over the course of a year and a half, they made over 50 weekly episodes. Working again with Snyder, he voiced an episode of the producer/writer's Explosion Bus, featured alongside Daryl Hall of "Hall and Oates." Ian is well known for producing events such as A Funeral for a Prop Comic and A Court Case for a Young Comedian. He insists these are not comedy shows.
His stand-up is a mix of precise wordplay, longer emotionally absurd jokes, and larger conceptual pieces. In 2014 Chicago Magazine named Ian "Best Experimental Comedian" and also listed him in a separate article as one of the "16 Comedians You Should See This Fall." In 2015 Ian was LA Weekly's Best Up-and-Coming Comedian and a New Face for the world renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada.
Ian Abramson is a regular contributor to The Onion and also the creator and host of the upcoming buzzed-about Comedy Central digital show 7 Minutes in Purgatory where comedians perform to a camera in one room while the audience watches in another room. He's also a creative consultant for Funny or Die's forthcoming digital series Our Fascinating Planet starring Demetri Martin. Ian has appeared on SeeSo's The Comedy Show Show, Hulu's Coming to the Stage and performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Pemberton Music Festival in Canada, SXSW and Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, The Onion/A.V. Club festival in Chicago and Funny or Die's Oddball Festival. He also hosts a free monthly show at Chicago's Virgin Hotel called BellHop that features the best up-and-coming comedy talent in the city. Recent TV credits include appearances on History Channel's Join or Die and on ABC's The Middle.