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
selfevaluation, he brings together all ages and ethnic backgrounds, which makes for an
uproariously good time.
Banachowski started performing stand up in 2006 at age 17 in South East Michigan. While going to school to be a math teacher, he spent his college years trolling clubs and bars throughout Detroit, getting stage time in between working several jobs and graduating college and from the writing and improv programs at the now defunct Second City Detroit.
After winning a Michigan comedy competition in 2009, Banachowski moved to LA to continue his stand up career. He quickly became a regular at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store LA. While in LA, he also graduated from The Upright Citizen's Brigade theater, and the famous Groundling's school for improv. Banachowski combines his writing and improv talents to create a cocktail of characters and emotions launching into stream of consciousness rants, voice driven character monologues, and personal stories for an act that leaves audiences quoting lines as they leave the club.
He's appeared on CBS and has lived in, and played, all the stages in Detroit, LA, and NY. He's opened for such acts as Eddie Ifft, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobby Collins, Ben Gleib and brought comics to the stage in the likes of Dane Cook, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Todd Glass, and many more.