Fans of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” instantly recognize Erik Griffin as the show’s iconic series regular Montez. Erik also tours the country headlining popular comedy clubs and colleges every weekend. His debut comedy album, Technical Foul: Volume One, will be released this March. His Comedy Central Presents Half-Hour Stand-Up Special will premiere this year. Erik is a first generation American-born comedian/actor who made the decision in 2003 to quit his job and plunge headlong into making comedy his full-time occupation.
Erik first gained national exposure performing in the ALMA nominated “Payaso Comedy Slam” seen on Showtime and Comedy Central networks, “Live at Gotham” on Comedy Central, “Last Comic Driving” on NBC, “Comics Without Borders” on Showtime, nationally syndicated “Comics Unleashed;” He can also be seen featured in several national commercials, including the Emmy winning, Budlight “Swear Jar.” In 2008 at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, he received overwhelming reviews. Erik was featured at the 2008 NACA National Conference, the 2007 East Regional and 2006 NACA West Regional Showcases. He is currently headlining clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Mostly recently, Erik was seen on “Surviving the Holidays” with Lewis Black on the History Channel, he was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival Documentary “Just Like Us,” and will be touring the world promoting the movie. Erik was also a guest star on the hit TNT show “Franklin & Bash.”
With his multicultural background, a Central American-Caribbean mother, a father of European decent, Erik blends well into the North American landscape particularly in this era of cultural diversity. With his routine full of hilarious observations about life, love and self evaluation, he brings together all ages and ethnic backgrounds, which makes for an uproariously good time.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Jersey, Jon got into acting after realizing how horrific he was at sports. While all the other kids would participate in their various athletic activities during recess he would entertain the lunch lady (Mrs. Ryan) with his impressions of various teachers and celebrities.
He spent his teenage years performing in musicals in high school (not getting laid) and doing open mics at The Comic Strip in NYC. Despite, his abysmal grades and SAT scores he was accepted to USC’s BFA Acting Conservatory after an audition that would be his ticket to the west coast. During his time there he was given the John Ritter Memorial Award For Outstanding Comic Performance by the School of Theatre faculty and chosen to be the BFA Commencement speaker by his fellow classmates.
Throughout school he continued to perform comedy regularly at The Groundlings, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Improv, and the Ice House. His senior year he won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl College Comedy Competition.
He recently had his TV debut on CBS’s Criminal Minds and continues to perform in shows around the Los Angeles area. Mrs. Ryan – The Lunch Lady and him are Facebook friends and she watches all his videos.
Melissa Villasenor is a stand-up comedian and impressionist who is currently in the Finals of NBC’s hit show, “America’s Got Talent.” She grew up in Los Angeles and started stand up in Comedy Camp at the age of 15. And now, you can catch her as a regular at the Improv, Comedy Store and Comedy and Magic Club.
Melissa made her first TV appearance doing Ellen DeGeneres and Sarah Silverman impressions on “Frank TV” on TBS. She also appeared in the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival as part of the New Faces show in 2010. Recently she played a part as Nora Ephron on Fox's “Family Guy” and voiced various characters on Cartoon Network's “Adventure Time.”
You can catch Melissa perform her many voices all around the country and in her one-woman show, “I’m Not Myself.”
After enrolling in Emerson College in Boston, Dan began performing at open mics and other strange venues—where people were more focused on their beer than what the wannabe comics were saying.
As a sophomore in college, Dan was chosen to compete at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO, where he won the title of Funniest College Comedian.
Since then Dan has been seen at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival numerous times and has made TV appearances on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Chelsea Lately,” “The Late Late Show,” and “Comedy Central Presents: Dan Levy. He has also hosted four VERY short-lived shows on MTV including “Rock Band Battle,” “Your Face or Mine,” “The Reality Show,” and “MTV Spring Break”. You don’t remember them? Either does he.
With this and the success of his 2008 College Humor series, “The I Have To Go In A Minute Show with Super Host Dan Levy,” Dan’s following has grown to sold out shows at clubs and colleges across the country. And he continues to work in the digital space as he’s in development a deal with Comedy Central to produce a second series for their sister website Atom.com.
After selling the TV show “MY LDR” to MTV, which is based on a joke he performed in his stand up routine, which later because a popular web series for SONY’s crackle.com, Dan began not only performing but writing too. Since last year he has developed a sitcom for FOX called “Party People”, a movie for Disney called “Stoked the band” and is currently developing another TV series with SONY television. He is also the executive producer of E!‘s reality series “Pretty Wild”, but that is a very long story that he will have to explain to you in person.
Dan’s next big screen appearance will be in the Sony Screen Gems coming-of-age comedy “Mardi Gras,” in theaters this year. He was previously featured in the Happy Madison film “The House Bunny” (but then was cut out) and co-starred in “My Sexiest Year” with Frankie Muniz and Harvey Keitel.
Dan lives in Los Angeles where he is writing more television show and collecting sneakers and knives. He understands those are two very weird things to obsess about.
Eli Olsberg is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor based in Los Angeles, CA. He performs at clubs and colleges across the country. He performed at the TBS’ Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2012 and has been seen on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.”
In LA, he co-produces (with comedian TJ Miller) the popular bi-weekly stand-up show “Performance Anxiety,” at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. He can be seen at local clubs and alternative venues and is a regular at The Laugh Factory and the Hollywood Improv.
He also co-hosts (with comedian Jake Weisman) the popular podcast “The Morning After… Podcast,” named Best New Podcast of 2010 by Laughspin Magazine. The podcast also records live episodes, along with video segments done at various premiers, red carpet events, and fan conventions.
‘an alternately confident and self-depricating style.. a man to watch if you are looking for comedic entertainment that is intelligent, incisive, and with a bit of an edge.” – LA Comedy Club Examiner
That quote had some big words in it, the person who wrote it clearly know what they’re talking about! Eli also loves dogs, cookie dough, and like everyone else, enjoys all kinds of music, except country.
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