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.
Born in Ohio and raised in Small Town, Michigan, Banachowski started stand up comedy at the age 17 in a high school talent show (and won that shit).
Forced to go to college, and having to pay for it in cash, Banachowski worked as a tutor, busboy, waiter, dishwasher, landscaper, midnight receptionist, and television producer all while graduating from Second City Detroit and hanging out at comedy clubs and the dive-iest of bars throughout southeast Michigan (and wonders why he's never had a successful relationship that whole period).
After graduating with a degree in math at 21 (genius), he moved to Los Angeles where he's been doing comedy every night ever since (minus a year where he lived in Brooklyn, New York doing comedy and getting food poisoning in public where he vomited and shit himself on a train for an hour (not genius)). He's also graduated from LA improv schools such as the Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Groundling's Theatre, and regularly performs stand up at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store as well as clubs across the US.
Audience members have often compared his style to the likes of George Carlin, Bill Burr, and Bo Burnham (which I'm sure they'd all be thrilled to hear, "You know Bill, you remind me of this Polish kid I saw at that bar Big Fish in Glendale").