"People don't fail," insists comedian Erik Griffin, "they quit." In 2003, Griffin left his job as a school administrator and teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a standup comedian. With the support of his family, his savings account, and hard work, he's now living that dream. "Ten years later, here I am. Things are going well." In addition to headlining clubs across the country, Griffin is a series regular on Comedy Central's Workaholics, where he plays Montez Walker. In February, he will release a comedy CD, Technical Foul. "The title comes from a joke about Kobe Bryant," Griffin says, "when he got that technical foul for saying something inappropriate to the referee." Onstage, Griffin likes to talk about, as he puts it, his perception of the world. "I like to talk about The Voice and reality shows," he says. "I like the two-headed chick on TLC [Abby & Brittany]. That show is bizarre. Whatever strikes my fancy on TV or in life, I talk about." He has a pretty good process for developing new material. "You have funny things you think about, and you want to go onstage and see if they're actually funny," he explains. "The audience is very honest. You try it a couple of times, and if it works you keep it. If not, you move on. That's my advice to young comics: Don't fall in love with your material." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Jan. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 11, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 12, 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 12-13, 7 p.m., 2013