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
SCREENPLAY – My Life Sucks
Logline: When a 500 year old suicidal vampire meets a depressed therapist they form an unlikely friendship
Screenplay – The Art of Dating in the Zombie Apocalypse
Logline: A Mid-western housewife and a Firefighter trainee get out of the ruts in their lives when the zombie apocalypse comes to town.
Screenplay – BEST SERVED COLD
Logline: A young and hungry investment banker is lured to a mansion in the middle of no where by an eccentric millionaire who plans on blackmailing him for his own murder.
me and Him…
Learn 2 Skate
Cholula Hot Sauce (Commercial)
About Eric's Blog // This is Eric's blog, where he writes about comedy, the entertainment industry, and really anything else he wants. It's updated regularly, so check back often.
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.