Bio // Raised in San Jose, California Eric Toms began his career when his sketch comedy troupe pitched and sold their late night sketch show to a local TV channel. Eric immediately dropped out of college and threw himself into the experience, taking on the role of head writer, performer, and video producer. Making the leap to stand-up comedy Eric traveled the world and by 25 had already worked with some of his comedy heroes, such as Kevin Pollak, Norm Macdonald, Lewis Black, Tracy Morgan and Bobby Slayton.
In 2008, Toms was scouted and hired to host the comedy clip show Reality Binge on Fox. Working on Reality Binge later led to a guest appearance on Good Day LA and Last Comic Standing. Shortly after, show runner and fellow comedian, Steve Marmel, asked Eric to guest star as Gilroy Smith in Disney's Sonny With a Chance season 1 finale "Sonny: So Far" staring along side Demi Lovato.
Since then Eric’s writing has won recognition with The Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Austin Screenwriting Festival, and he has starred in independent feature films like disOrientation in which Eric was nominated for the Jury Award at the New Haven Film Festival. Eric has also written commercial campaigns for brands such as 7-11, Netflix, and Cholula Hot Sauce.
My work over the past few years. Everything from my Stand Up Comedy, Sketch Comedy Videos, and writing
Last night I got the opportunity to watch one of my favorite comedies on the big screen. Its title is “Withnail & I” and if you haven’t seen it then stop reading this, go watch it, then come back and send me money.
It is unique in the regards that there are no jokes in this “comedy” but rather there are extremely bittersweet situations that most people can identify with. The artsy fartsy way to say it is that the protagonist and antagonist are friends in a dominate/submissive relationship and only when betrayed on the greatest of scales does the protagonist leave and in doing so takes all power away from the antagonist who just drifts off into the ether.
The non-douche way of saying that is at some point in our lives almost all of us will be involved in a toxic relationship, and although that person was horrible the person to blame is ourselves for not recognizing it and leaving sooner. Watching this movie we are uncomfortably laughing at our failings. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the film has an amazing score, insane characters and is populated by excellent actors.
I can not recommend this movie enough, and I’m happy to report that another fan of this picture, Mr. Will Arnett, is well spoken, hilarious, and nice enough to take a picture with a dork like me.
Just finished reading 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson about a small town Sherif’s deputy afflicted with what he calls “the sickness.” If you haven’t read it then I highly recommend it, but it stirred up something inside of me that has been brewing for a while and it stems from notes that I’ve gotten back for years regarding main characters being “unlikeable.” Why would anyone read a story with an “unlikable” main character? I’ll tell you, fathead: because I am a reasonably level headed guy and do not plan on snapping and killing half a dozen people (SPOILER) like the main character from this book, but there are days I would certainly love to know what that feels like. That’s why you read stories with unlikeable characters, because you can walk in the footsteps of men and women who have chosen wild, crazy and sometimes dangerous paths that regular folk can’t take if they plan on being a contributing member of society. When I get these types of notes back I want to grab the person and shove their face against a TV and play Dexter, Breaking Bad and the Sopranos on a loop. I want to read The Godfather to them out loud (the book, obviously, not the film. That’d be weird) I want to scream: INTERESTING CHARACTERS CAN BE UNLIKEABLE AND MOST LIKABLE CHARACTERS ARE BORING AS FUCK!
In conclusion, read the Killer Inside of Me. Jim Thompson does an amazing job of giving the sense that you are in a claustrophobically small room having a conversation with a man with a slow, polite demeanor who knows he’s smarter than you and is without a doubt more dangerous. A man who has one fear: he’s going to laugh too hard while he kills you.
I sat down with comedian, producer, and Mid Western giant, Brock Wilbur to discus the mistakes I’ve made throughout my lifetime, from making children to making films to my comedy a career. We hit on everything from celebrating failure to Roger Corman, Playboy, 2 Girls 1 Tug-Of-War, the genius of Demolition Man, and the top-of-the-mountain in performance art. Soundtrack provided by The Gaslight Anthem from their new album Get Hurt.