Ian started doing comedy in Washington, DC his first professional show was opening for the late Robert Schimmel in 1996. Ian started out fast while most comedians spend years working on perfecting their acts Ian threw himself head first into the spotlight by producing his own shows throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia providing a platform for many comedians from Richmond to New York. Producing his own shows gave him an abundance of stage time to perfect his act but it wasn't until a long time childhood friend and comedy legend Tony Woods started requesting Ian to be his regular opening act that Ian found his true voice on stage and the rest is history.
The former high school football star and golden gloves boxing champ has toured all over the world to places like Japan, China, Holland, England and Canada and has been seen on many TV shows like Comedy Central and Showtime at the Apollo. Ian’s comedy has been compared to Bill Cosby and at times Flip Wilson. But a more accurate description of Ian’s comedy would be that his style of telling jokes is unique in the way he delivers his punch lines, he takes you on a journey with his stories taking the audience through various emotions before delivering a carefully placed punch line. His comedy is a window in to his life, he welcomes you to laugh with him as well as at him, when you leave an Ian Salmon show you feel like you just made a friend.
"Ian wins over British audience."
~Sammy Makol Local London
"Salmon swims up stream."
~Eric Brace Washington Post