Since bursting onto the New York City comedy scene in 2004, Erik Rivera's name has become synonymous with comedy. His boy next door good looks and unique perspective make him one of New York's fastest rising young comedians. His quick wit, along with his commanding stage presence, charisma, and infectious smile make him a favorite act at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the country.
Rivera 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, and the Gotham Comedy Club. In Los Angeles, he calls the Laugh Factory, the Ice House, and the Improv his comedy homes.
Rivera’s star is quickly rising! Recently, Eva Longoria's production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, took notice of Rivera's talent and approached him about producing a sitcom based on his comedy. LATV’s American Latino TV, which highlights accomplished Latinos in the community, features him this season as they document 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 Si TV’s Latino 101. Rivera also starred in the feature film Stand Up 360: Edition 1, 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 Edition 1. Rivera has also appeared in two independent features, My Brother and Stand Up, by award-winning director, Michael Rainin. Rivera wrote and directed his first award-winning short film, The Cyclist, last year featuring fellow comedians Ross Bennett and Imagine.
Rivera 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 Rivera from coast to coast, bringing laughter to over 50 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 the Duracell Smart Power 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 Rivera to be their special guest performer at their annual Impact Awards Gala, which honored Oscar Nunez from The Office and Rico Rodriguez from 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, Rivera was honored to be the only comedian to perform two consecutive years for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.
When not touring the country, Rivera calls both New York City and Los Angeles home.