I’ve been chosen as one of the performers in this years Sudbury Comedy Festival! I’m pretty excited about being apart of the festival. It’s my first real festival where they’re going to pay me to go there and perform and pay me to stay the night and hang out. Very cool. The headliners for the festival are Legends.The first headliner is Rick Mercer a staple in Canadian showbiz. I remember watching Rick Mercer in my grade 11 history class where he went around talking to Americans about Canada. The fact that I watched it in my History class has no bearing on the story or any symbolic meaning either; I’m not trying to say that when I was in grade 11 Rick Mercer was history, I’m not saying that.
Anyways. The second headliners are Cheech and Chong who are definitely part of History. Needless to say, I think this is going to be pretty fun festival. Come check it out. More info at: www.lolsudbury.com
I recently went to the CLEVELAND COMEDY FESTIVAL to perform some of my brand of stand up comedy. I had a great time there checking out the city; going from the nice theatre district to the abandoned residential homes in the area just 10 blocks down the way. It really was a nice city. Little known fact Cleveland is America’s 45th largest city. I don’t know why you’d want to know that but now you do.
I also had a great time in the Festival meeting all the Cleveland comedians and others just from the Americas; a lot of great Chicago people. I entered the competition not knowing if I’d even get picked for the spot, but thankfully I did. I was chosen as one of the 36 comedians to fight for the tittle of champion of the fest. And I’m really happy to announce that the tittle is crossing the boarder. I’ve alway thought it would be hilarious to have one of those “big cheques” I mean it’s not something I ever actively seek’d out to get but when they handed me the humungous cheque I naturally asked if I could get it and they said “Yes of coarse”. Large cheque. Mission Accomplised. Here’s a picture with me and the cheque:
I’m going to be heading out to Cleveland this week to be apart of the Cleveland Comedy Festival. I’ve never seen what the inside of Cleveland looks like so that’s going to be one thing that I do. The other thing I do is hopefully leave my name somewhere in the town so that I’ll always be remembered. I currently have two shows while I’m there:
Thursday November 15th at Kennedy’s Theatre (7:30PM)
Thursday November 15th at Kennedy’s Theatre (10:00PM)
I’ll see you next week Toronto. I’m going to treat Cleveland like Hollywood and look up all these famous Cleveland born celebrities during my stay: Wes Craven, Drew Carrey, Steve Harvey, Arsenio Hall, Phil Donahue, and Billy Bass. Phew all those celebs who’s going to have time for the festival. MORE INFO HERE: http://www.clevelandcomedyfestival.com
(*Poster designed by Eric Andrews*)
THIS IS TONIGHT!
I’m going to go back to my hometown of Brampton for the first time ever to do stand up. To top it all off I’m performing in the place I saw my first stand up comedy show before I even started. This is exciting! I also know I didn’t really tell any of my friends about it so it’s not really going to be a big homecoming.
Here’s the event on the Rose Theatres Website. Hunter Collins or myself don’t get a mention:
(*Poster designed by Eric Andrews*)
The World Series of Comedy that is. I’ve been chosen as one of 101 comics. I like to think that they added the one because of me, but I really don’t think so.
On September 19th I’ll be headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the first time ever, by myself to battle it out against all these other comedians from all over the United States. We’ve got people from Chicago, we’ve got people from Boston, we’ve got people from Atlanta, We’ve got people from all over the states for real. There are also some fellow Canadians going to be going there as well. My old roommate Mark DeBonis will be going down to compete. A guy I’ve been in competition with before and he kicked my butt. As well as the very talented and mother of two Martha O’neill will be in the city that never sleeps to take down some Yankees. All in all I think it’s going to be a blast. I’m going to get to see the city and perform comedy. Soooooo excited, so excited.
Mark DeBonis’s Website: www.iamnotmarkdebonis.com
Martha O’Neill’s Website: www.marthaoneill.com
With Ryan Short – Facebook@RyantheShort
I have an opportunity to be apart of this years Just For Laughs Festival in Toronto. I’m apart of a group of roughly 10 other comedians who are trying to get votes on this website: http://www.toronto.com/jfl42 I think how it works is the top 5 people will get picked to do a show and then from there 1 person will get to share the stage with the likes of Louis CK and couple others around the same calibre as him. Pretty cool, no?
I’d like to be apart of this for two reason. Reason 1: Louis CK. Reason 2: I’m pretty certain the shows going to be in a huge theatre and I think it’s at the Sony Centre in Toronto. I used to work at the Sony Centre and they shorted me money. So I left and as I was leaving I told myself “They’ll see one day I’ll be performing here, that’ll show them.”
So help me complete my revenge. Vote. Thanks so much.
I’ve entered into another contest. I know I’ve said that I wouldn’t enter another one for a couple of years but I’ve broke that promise to myself because who doesn’t love the chance at some money and I get to go to Vancouver. So if you could simply go to http://mycomedybook.com/ericandrews and click the laugh button under the video I’ll have a chance to win $2,000.00. Pretty sweet huh?
If you’re REALLY eager and have the time you can vote everyday but I don’t expect that of anyone, I’ll probably forget to do it somedays. Thanks a billion or thanks $2000 dollars worth.
(*Poster designed by Eric Andrews*)
A quick poster for Strip Comedy at NXNE. (*Poster designed by Eric Andrews*)
I’m leaving to go Chicago this week for the preliminary round of “The World Series Of Comedy.” I don;t really know what to expect there. I haven’t done many shows outside of Canada. I’m excited too though, don’t get me wrong. I get to perform at a comedy club in Chicago.
The downside is it’s a competition. I’m not really a fan of competition comedy because you can’t judge fairly on who’s the funniest, it’s impossible to. I’m just going to go out there and do what I do and hope for the best. If I win the night I get to go to Las Vegas and perform for what I think will be an even bigger audience.
Wish me luck, or don’t. I’m just going to have fun.
This years NXNE Festival is approaching. It’s an extremely large music festival set in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There are over 600+ bands playing in just under a week. Some of the biggest bands to play this years fest include: “The Flaming Lips”, “Raekwon and Ghostface Killah”, “Of Montreal”, “Matthew Good”, and hundreds more.
What a lot of people may not know is that there is a comedy festival amongst all the music. Every year the comedy portion is getting bigger. This year marks the largest amount of some of Canada’s finest comedians. Check out the whole festival and more specifically check out the comedy. I’ll be hitting the stages of NXNE for my second straight year.
(*Poster designed by Eric Andrews*)
I used to not really mind when people would heckle I would just kind of role with the punches and go with it. That being said, yesterday made me realize why people and now me don’t like hecklers. It’s all about when they heckle. If they had the whereabouts to heckle when appropriate I’d personally would be fine with it. I think if majority of the audience generally isn’t laughing at what you’re saying (you’re bombing) then they have the right to heckle. The strongest minded individual should take it upon himself to say something for the whole audiences sake. But there are still some rules I think you should follow even still.
- Don’t heckle during the set up or punch line.
(The joke might be funnier then you so let’s ride it out and see if it is)
- Heckle Response
(Think of what the comedian might say back to your heckle so you can have a rebuttal)
(If the comedian asks you a question answer truthfully. Your real life is funnier then you think)
- Accept Defeat
(If the comedian deals with you and gets a huge laugh at your misfortune gracefully bow out and admire the rest of the show)
That’s all I can think of to make you a better heckler right now. If anyone thinks there are more ways to help the art of heckling progress please put your input.
This is the first Boom Show of 2012, and our first at The Drake Hotel! This is also the RICK AND CHUCK debut video release!!
Come see all new sketches in an all new venue!!
Doors at 8pm
Opening band “Burrows” at 830pm.
Stand up from Canadian Comedy Award Winner for best newcomer Eric Andrews!!
Stand up from Canadian Comedy Award, and Great Canadian Laugh Off winner – Mark Debonis!
For advanced tickets please visit: http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2012/2/2/boom-show-chapter-43/
THIS SHOW WILL BE HUGE, GET THERE EARLY!!
It was a whirlwind competitionstarting with a video submissions in the round one, a quick 5 minute set in round two, XM representatives narrowed it down to 5 comics from each city and the online votes began for round three. Round four was a star studded night with some talented judges on the panel watching our every move and critiquing for who would become “Canada’s Next Top Comic.”
I was lucky enough to have been there for every stage of this contest that stretched on for almost two and a half months and even luckier to be declared the winner. I’ve probably said this a million time by now but it really keeps coming back and making think of all the things I’ve got to do this year in comedy. “I’ve had a great year” I started the year with getting into the laugh off and making it to the Top 8 Comics, just wow. Getting my first television show as a series regular “Prank Science” on Discovery Channel. Getting signed with Yuk Yuk’s something I’ve wanted to do since I’ve started. Winning a Canadian Comedy Award for “Best Stand Up Newcomer.” And now being crowned SiriusXM’s Canada’s next top comic. I never dreamt of achieving any of these goals starting out as a young comic, I just wanted to be funny and respected.
Here’s an article about the final show:
I just wanted to thank all of the people who voted for me during the Sirius XM “Canada’s Next Top Comic” competition. You know what even the people who didn’t vote I’ll also thank you. I know not everyone had a chance to vote or maybe you voted for someone else in the contest I understand. I was very grateful to make it into the semis. But it turns out I didn’t get enough votes to make it into the finals. That’s why I’m just saying thank you to everyone……
BUT I was selected as one of the wildcards for the competition, SO I will still be going to the FINALS for a chance to win $10,000 Big Ones, hopefully it’s not all in ones. The Finals will be held at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Tuesday November 15th at 7:00PM. It will also be aired LIVE on XM’s Laugh Attack. Two options to see the show Live or Live to air. Hmmm Only $4.00 to see the real thing in person OR sit in your car in the drive way and listen to it. Either way you’re getting out of the house.
THANK YOU EVERYONE ONCE MORE
I was at the Canadian Comedy Awards recently. I was nominated for “Best Stand Up Newcomer” and I honestly thought I had no chance at winning so I didn’t think to prepare a speech at all. Fortunately/Unfortunately I won, and my words weren’t the best. I managed to mumble out that I “Wanted to thank people but I wouldn’t name who they were, cause they know who they are.” How bad is that. My mind was mush up there; I couldn’t think. My voice was trembling. It was bad. All night I just kept thinking about that darn speech and what I really wanted to say. So here is the redux of my acceptance speech:
“Oh wow. I really didn’t expect this at all; it’s honestly a total shock. I want to thank so many people. There’s been handfuls and handfuls of people who have supported me in my short career so far. They’ve made me feel like a superstar already. So thank them. I want to thank everyone here tonight, especially all the other nominees for this award we have so much more road ahead of us it’s exciting. It’s exciting just to be here. I of coarse want to thank my show booker, tour manager, and girlfriend Stephanie for always making me feel funny and pushing me to be funnier when I’m not being funny. And my Mom for never doubting in me; never. Driving me from Hamilton to Toronto in 40 minutes just so I can do two shows in a night. Thank you. Thank you everyone.”
I wish somehow I could have spat that out when I was up there. But it didn’t happen that way. It was a great experience. I know it’s not a funny speech, which a lot of those improvisors man can they make great speeches, but funny’s what got me there and I just want to say something a little more real.
I got a very bad review about my Great Canadian Laugh Off set. I mean I felt okay about it after I did it. I knew there were a couple of lulls that I had to tighten up.
But the review said this:
“Eric Andrews stage persona is that of an awkward guy but you are not quite convinced it is a persona and he comes across as a bit creepy.”
I finally saw my spot on TV the other day and I think this guy may be right.