"Comedians don’t mean anything by what we say, but what we say means everything."
1991, Shantz was at a taping for “Anything But Love”, starring Richard Lewis, when the audience was asked to volunteer and perform a special talent. The grand prize was an “Anything But Love” t-shirt, WOW! So he stood up and did his best impression of Ed Sullivan, beating out the girl who did tongue tricks. Not too bad for a seventeen year old kid... six years later... he started doing tongue tricks.
His big push into comedy came in "97", when he did a comedy cut on the WDVE Morning Show in Pittsburgh. From there Shantz started doing stand up regularly at the FunnyBone in Station Square. A year and a half later he was opening for Weird Al Yankovic in front of 5,000 people, and then went on to entertain a crowd of 10,000 in downtown Pittsburgh for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Shantz was ready for the road and to the road he went, touring all across the country from New York to Los Angeles he brought comedy to clubs, colleges and casinos. He became a member of the Friars of Beverly Hills, where he met and worked with all of America’s best comedic acts. He has worked behind the scenes for such television shows as, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTV’s Wild N’ Out, and Comedy Central’s Roast of William Shatner.
After a decade of performing comedy in the States, Shantz took his act overseas to Europe. He could be seen at Jongleur’s Comedy Club or the Comedy Store in London, clubs all over Germany and established himself as a regular at the Laughter Lounge, Dublin. While in Ireland, he coordinated shows at the RDS, the largest venue and concert hall in Dublin. And still he managed to fit in appearances at two of the best festivals in the world, Kilkenny Fringe and Edinburgh. It was here that he developed a passion for such festivals and from this small seed of a beginning grew the SLO Comedy Festival, nineteen years of experience in all aspects of comedy helped Shantz put together an astounding four days of entertainment. Going into it's seventh year the SLO Comedy festival is quickly becoming internationally renowned in the world of comedy. Where do you go from there? Big Bear of course. Keep an eye out for the First Annual Big Bear Comedy Festival.
Shantz is a formidable force in the world of standup, taking time out from organizing and booking shows to bring to the stage an act that is not for the faint of heart. His delivery is light spirited, pure stand up that is presented as interactive casual conversation. Check out Eric Shantz as sex, drugs and money graphically serenade the audience.