Just back from his appearance at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was hand selected to perform for Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud Network, Erik Rivera keeps making his mark on the stand up comedy scene. Erik is no stranger to TV or comedy milestones - since his Late Night debut on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a recognition that has been a springboard to many comedy greats, Rivera has become a familiar face on television. He was then chosen as one of the Top 100 comedians to be invited to perform in the re-launch of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. In 2015 Erik got to cross off another comedy milestone when he recorded his debut 1 Hour Comedy Special, "I'm No Expert" which aired on Fuse & NuVO TV. Last year Rivera was cast to star alongside Brandon T Jackson (Tropic Thunder) and DeRay Davis (Netflix's How To Act Black) in Oxygen's docu-series "Living With Funny" - a look at life off stage for the touring comedians!
Erik is one of the most-requested comedians on both coasts; when in New York he can be found nightly at the Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live, Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club and in Los Angeles he calls the Laugh Factory, Ice House and Hollywood Improv his comedy homes.
Erik’s star is quickly rising! Recently, Eva Longoria's production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment took notice of Erik's talent and approached him about producing a sitcom based on his comedy. LATV’s American Latino, which highlights accomplished Latinos in the community, features him this season as they documented his rise to fame. Rivera is a familiar face all over several cable networks as he has appeared numerous times on MTV Tr3s, Comedy Central and most recently on SiTV's Latino 101. Erik also starred in the feature film Stand Up 360 along with Caroline Rhea, released in theaters across the country. In addition, he was selected to host their Latino film series, Stand Up 360 Muy Caliente! Rivera has also appeared in two independent features, My Brother and Stand Up, by award winning director Michael Rainin. Erik wrote and directed his first award-winning short film, The Cyclist last year featuring fellow comedians Ross Bennett and Imagine.
Erik continues to tour colleges and universities nationwide. Last year, he had the privilege of being selected by NBC to represent their network’s Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour! The tour took Erik from coast to coast, bringing laughter to over fifty schools.
When not touring or acting, Rivera is one of the most-requested young comedians working today. During the 2009 Holiday season, he served as the spokesperson for Duracell SmartPower Lab in Times Square, interviewing celebrities from Justin Bieber to Academy Award nominated Gabourey Sidibe. In February of 2010, The National Hispanic Media Coalition invited Erik to be their special guest performer at their annual Impact Awards Gala, which honored Oscar Nunez (The Office) and Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family). He has also appeared at The Latino Laugh Festival alongside Carlos Mencia to a packed house at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. In both 2008 and 2009, Erik was honored to be the only comedian to perform two consecutive years for The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC.
When not touring the country, Erik calls both New York City and Los Angeles home.