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

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,
seventeen years of experience in all aspects of comedy
helped Shantz put together an astounding four days of
entertainment.  In its fifth year the SLO Comedy festival
is quickly becoming internationally renowned in the
world of comedy.

Shantz is a formidable force in the world of standup,
taking time out from organising 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.
Made in McKees Rocks, PA
Since 1974