Since bursting onto to the NYC 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.
Erik is one of the most requested comedians on both coasts; when in New York he can be found nightly at the Comedy Cellar, The Comic Strip Live, Comix, Broadway Comedy Club and in Los Angeles he calls the Laugh Factory, The Ice House and the Hollywood Improv his comedy homes.
Erik’s star is quickly rising! Recently, Eva Longoria Parker'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, will feature 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 SiTV, Comedy Central and most recently on MTV Tr3s. 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. He also had the privilege of being selected this year, by NBC from a nationwide search to represent their network’s Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour!
When not touring or acting, Rivera is one of the most requested young Latinos 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. The SmartPower Lab used human power to light the 2010 numeral during the world famous New Year's Eve festivities. 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 along side 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
When Flip Schultz was eight years old, he won a summer camp talent show by performing stand up comedy. There was never a doubt in his mind that comedy would be his future.
For a while he performed wherever he could find an audience, whether at a family get together, bar-mitzvahs, seniors center; he didn't care. He just wanted to make people laugh.
Finally, at 18, he braved a real comedy stage and won the open mic contest. For the next few years Flip performed at many comedy clubs (and bars) honing his craft, paying his dues and finding his comedic voice. And he still managed to earn his degree in theater.
After leaving South Florida as a local favorite, Flip now lives in Los Angeles and tours clubs & colleges all over the country, and has quickly become a sought after comic in Scandinavia.
As a writer, Flip has written many short plays, a musical, and was an on staff writer for Terry Fator & Friends Show in Las Vegas. Flip has also written a film called "Mr. Right Before" (© 2002) that was one of 250 scripts to make it into the second round of competition in HBO's Project Greenlight.
After leaving as one of the hottest and most requested comics in South Florida, Flip moved cross country to LA. His high energy and very physical show has made him a favorite on the LA comedy scene and a regular performer at the world famous Hollywood Improv. Plus he has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such performers as:
PAUL ANKA, LEWIS BLACK, GEORGE CARLIN, DANA CARVEY (contributing writer), BOBBY COLLINS, TOMMY DAVIDSON, JEFF DUHNUM, PABLO FRANCISCO (frequent writer), BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT, DAVID ALAN GRIER, MARYELLEN HOOPER, WENDY LEIBMAN, JAMIE KENNEDY (frequent writer), JACKIE 'THE JOKEMAN' MARTLING, LARRY MILLER, JAY MOHR, BOB NELSON, JOHN PINETTE, KEVIN POLLACK, ROBERT SCHIMMEL, PAULY SHORE, BOBBY SLAYTON, THE TEMPTATIONS, JOE TORRY, DAMON WAYANS, MICHEAL WINSLOW & “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC.
Flip has performed at many 'A' comedy rooms, including:
THE CAPITAL CITY COMEDY CLUB - THE COMEDY CORNER - THE COMEDY STORE - THE FUNNY BONE - THE IMPROVS (national chain) - THE PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB - RASCALS COMEDY CLUB - THE STARDOME - THE TROPICANA - THE TULSA COMEDY CLUB - ZANIES COMEDY CLUB
His accomplishments include:
Starring in the feature film "30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO" (20th Century Fox)
Appearing in the feature films "BIG TROUBLE" (Touchstone) & "BREAKING WIND" (Lionsgate)
Semi-Finalist on LAST COMIC STANDING 4 & was featured on LAST COMIC STANDING 7 as “Skippy Greene”
Featured on Comedy Central’s LIVE AT GOTHAM
Winning Ed McMahon's NEXT BIG STAR
Staff writer for the Terry Fator & Friends (winner of 2007 America’s Got Talent) at the Vegas Hilton & Mirage
Other TV appearances: THE NEW STAR SEARCH , THE JERRY LEWIS TELETHON, HBO, COMICS UNLEASHED, COMEDY.TV, WHO WANTS TO DATE A COMEDIAN, QUÉ LOCO, FUNNY MONEY, THE GONG SHOW, LATINO LAUGH FESTIVAL, LATINO 101 (as “Skippy Greene”) & LOCO COMEDY JAM
Toured Europe in 2007 & 2009 with Pablo Francisco & headlined his own tours of Scandinavia in 2008, 2011 & 2012.
A military tour of Iraq in 2009 & two military tours of Europe in 2013.
Writing & performing in the shows: Flippin’ Through The Channels, Skippy Greene: We Laughed…, Skippy Greene’s Big Show & Fustercluck
COMEDY FESTIVALS: Aspen, Boston (semi-finalist), Calgary (Festival Allstar), Canmore, Chicago, Hollywood (as “Skippy Greene”), Las Vegas (Miami ‘Comedy Club Pick’), New Orleans, San Luis Obispo (as “Skippy Greene”), South Beach, Traverse City, The World Series of Comedy (Semi-Finalist)
Recorded 5 comedy CDs & 2 comedy DVDs
“He’s like an ostrich on PCP!” - George Carlin
“Within seconds, Schultz turns into a manic, mike-wielding madman…” - The Calgary Herald
"With his affable demeanor, rubbery limbs & tall, wiry frame, he reminded me of a young Jim Carrey…" - Ink19.com
“Flip Schultz is unlike any Generation X comedian around today…he's actually funny.” - Route 41 Magazine
“Flip Schultz's comedy prowess is second to no one. His comedic versatility is the best I've seen in a long time. Not to mention he has huge balls...when it comes to taking chances on the dramatic beats.” – Craig Moss (film director)
"Flip did what his own idols like Howie Mandel, and Steve Martin had done for ages. He made intimate contact with the audience. And, the reserved Nordic crowd...adored the transgression." – The New York Resident
“He…performs well-conceived bits that show an acumen for writing and social satire” - The Sun Sentinel
“Flip Schultz is a very original and energetic comic whose comedic palette has more colors than many wellknown stand-up comedians who have their own sitcom” – www.theseriouscomedysite.com