Erik Griffin

Erik Griffin is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor best known for playing Montez Walker on Comedy Central's Workaholics.[1][2]

Erik Griffin
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Griffin in 2018 interviewing the LA Rams
BornLos Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy, film, television
NationalityAmerican
GenresObservational comedy
Websiteerikgriffin.com

He is also known for such television series and films such as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, I'm Dying Up Here,[3] and Blunt Talk.

Early lifeEdit

Griffin grew up in Los Angeles, raised by his immigrant mother from Belize.[4][5] He never met his father.[6]

CareerEdit

Griffin's mother enrolled him in a stand-up comedy class at UCLA Extension when he expressed interest in becoming a comedian.[7] The class was taught by the late Sandi C. Shore, daughter of The Comedy Store founders Sammy Shore and Mitzi Shore, and at the end, allowed students to perform in a showcase at The Comedy Store.[7][8][9] After finishing the class in his 20s, he did several open mics before quitting, citing the lack of mentorship, his arrogance, and the overall poor experience as to why he left.[7]

Griffin revived his stand-up career in 2003.[1][7] Prior to this, he worked at a school coaching basketball and handling office work.[10]

Griffin recorded a half-hour special for Comedy Central on February 28, 2013. Later that year, he released his first stand-up album, Technical Foul: Volume One, on March 12, 2013.[1][4]

Erik Griffin: The Ugly Truth premiered on July 7, 2017 on Showtime.[11][12] His next special Amerikan Warrior also premiered on Showtime in June 2018.[13]

Griffin premiered his podcast Riffin w/ Griffin on October 27, 2018.[14]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2009 The Soul Agency Pizza Owner Allan Cunningham
2010 Weeding Out Rodger Georgy Kao
Roomies Gary Kohlman Bentley Montes TV miniseries
2011–2017 Workaholics Montez Walker Various TV series (44 episodes)
2012 Franklin & Bash Patrick Meisner Jason Ensler TV series (1 episode)
Daddy Knows Best Bob Jeff Danis & Ryan O'Neill TV series (1 episode)
A Guy Walks Into a Bar Guy Antonino Buzzone TV series (1 episode)
Workaholics: The Other Cubicle Montez Walker Kevin Etten TV series (6 episodes)
2013 Arrested Development Jaspar Mitchell Hurwitz & Troy Miller TV series (1 episode)
2014 Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Houdini (voice) Ben Jones TV series (1 episode)
Twinzies: Couples Therapy Ronnie Lisa Raphael & J.B. Rutagarama TV series (1 episode)
2015 Super Clyde Mr. Phillips Rebecca Asher TV movie
You're the Worst Trace Wendey Stanzler & Stephen Falk TV series (2 episodes)
Harvey Beaks Coach Kip Dinkly / Swamp Monster (voice) Various TV series (2 episodes)
2015–2016 Blunt Talk Gershawn Various TV series (7 episodes)
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Driver Jake Szymanski [5]
First Girl I Loved Mr. Maldonado Kerem Sanga
Morris & the Cow Levon (voice) Bernard Derriman TV movie
Bob's Burgers Gerald (voice) Bernard Derriman & Chris Song TV series (1 episode)
Adam Ruins Everything Ozzy Tim Wilkime TV series (1 episode)
Dr. Havoc's Diary Super Jamal (voice) Mark Cope & Carlo Moss TV series (1 episode)
2017 Fatties: Take Down the House Police Chief Williams Bob Gordon
One Day at a Time Carl Pamela Fryman TV series (1 episode)
Ghosted Donny TV series (1 episode)
2017–2018 I'm Dying Up Here Ralph King / Ralph Carnegie Various TV series (20 episodes)
2018 Furlough Warden Borden Laurie Collyer
Electric Love Officer Joi Aaron Fradkin
The 5th Quarter Ray Cook Bob Castrone TV series (1 episode)
Alone Together Rick Jay Karas TV series (1 episode)
2019 Murder Mystery Jimmy Kyle Newacheck
Airplane Mode Co-Pilot Trussell David Dinetz & Dylan Trussell
2020 Bad Therapy Principal Sykes William Teitler
The Sleepover Henry Trish Sie
Guest House Officer Ford Sam Macaroni
2021 Hero Mode Mr. Diehl A.J. Tesler
Ten Year Old Tom Coach (voice) Various TV series (7 episodes)
TBA Untitled Ray Romano film Ray Romano Filming

DocumentaryEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2010 Just Like Us Ahmed Ahmed [10]
2017 Funny: The Documentary J.D. Cohen [10]

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Czajkowski, Elise (2013-05-06). "Talking to Erik Griffin About 'The Half Hour', 'Workaholics', and Visual Comedy". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  2. ^ Love, Matthew (September 30, 2015). "Erik Griffin of Workaholics chats breaking character and life on the road". Time Out.
  3. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 24, 2015). "'Workaholics' Star Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino Join Showtime's 'I'm Dying Up Here'". TheWrap. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Shaukat, Omar (2013-03-05). "Comedians You Should Know: An Interview With Erik Griffin". The Good Men Project. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  5. ^ a b Tuccio-Koonz, Linda (2016-05-31). "Actor/comicErik Griffin of 'Workaholics' fame at Comix Mohegan Sun, June 2–4". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  6. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, Episode 1238 - Erik Griffin". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  7. ^ a b c d Griffin, Erik (October 27, 2018). "Ep #1 Who is Erik Griffin". Riffin with Griffin (Podcast). Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Shore, Sandi C. (2004). Sandi C. Shore's Secrets to Stand-Up Success: A Complete Step-By-Step Workbook. Emmis Books. ISBN 978-1-57860-160-8.
  9. ^ BBS Radio. "Happy Hour Radio with Sandi Cee Shore". BBS Radio. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  10. ^ a b c Barone (September 5, 2012). "It's All About the Journey". Submerge Magazine. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  11. ^ Topel, Fred (June 1, 2017). "6 Comedy Lessons From the Cast of I'm Dying Up Here". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  12. ^ Justice, John (July 7, 2017). "Erik Griffin Talks His New Comedy Special, 'The Ugly Truth'". BET.com. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  13. ^ Metz, Nina (June 5, 2018). "My worst moment: 'I'm Dying Up Here's' Erik Griffin and an out-of-control audience member". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  14. ^ "Ep #1 Who is Erik Griffin". ART19. Retrieved 2020-02-23.

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