Shelley Berman (1925–2017) was an American comedian, actor, writer, teacher, lecturer, and poet. Berman gained fame for his distinct style of comedic storytelling, often performing monologues that delved into relatable yet humorous observations about everyday life. His use of personal anecdotes and dry wit set a trend in stand-up comedy, influencing many comedians who followed.
He released several successful comedy albums, including "Inside Shelley Berman" (1959), which became the first comedy album to earn a gold record. His achievements also extended to television and film, with notable appearances in various shows and movies. Berman's impact on the comedy landscape, marked by his intelligent humour and storytelling abilities, solidified his legacy as a trailblazer in the world of stand-up comedy. He passed away in 2017, leaving behind a lasting imprint on the entertainment industry.