Extremely difficult journey. That’s how comedian Erik Griffin describes his comedic career. You may know Griffin from his role as Montez Walker on the Comedy Central show Workaholics, which Griffin says has been a career-changing experience, and an opportunity he admits he thought he missed.
Griffin is on tour and recently headlined at Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club, where he explained how he mistakenly showed up to his audition for Montez a day early.
“I come in and there’s no one around,” Griffin said. “Then I run into Blake (Anderson, Workaholics executive producer) and I didn’t know who he was. I thought he was an intern or something. So I asked him ‘Where are the auditions?’ He said, ‘Auditions for Montez are tomorrow.’
“So I played it off and said that I like coming a day early to scout out the location. I later found out that Blake went to the writers room after our conversation and he said, ‘You know what, I think I just met Montez!'”
The hilarious comedian hasn’t only been busy with Workaholics and touring. Griffin was recently signed as the first comedian on the indie/punk record label SideOneDummy.
“One of the co-founders of the label, Joe Sib, is actually trying to be a comedian, so I met him out on the circuit and he approached me about doing a comedy album with his label,” says Griffin. “Looking at their label I realized how legit it is and so I was gung ho about it and then we went ahead and did it.”
On top of all this, Griffin will be doing a half-hour special on Comedy Central.
“I’m pretty busy right now, but it’s fun; I’m enjoying it. I’m living the dream and I encourage everyone to follow their dreams. You’ve got to stick with it,” says Griffin. “Those pursuing comedy should treat it like an instrument you’ve got to keep practicing and practicing until you perfect it.”
Griffin’s debut album Technical Foul: Volume One is available for pre-order on PledgeMusic and will officially be released March 12. Also, don’t miss Workaholics on Comedy Central Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (CST).