Biography: Eric Amber

Eric at Comedy Central, April 21st 2001

Eric was born on April 25 (Australia's ANZAC day, not significant for a Canadian) in 1973 in a trailer near a farm in Ontario, Canada. He is 28 now. Eric is the 'pretty boy' of the group. He is given this title as he has the greatest female following of the group. His appearance is most of the cause of this. Eric is part German and part French. North describes him as an anarchist. His appearance should not make people think he is stupid though as he is very good with remembering dates, among other things. Eric is 5 foot 10.

Eric got into comedy as school was getting him down. His high school teacher directed him to TheatresportsTM which is how he learnt more about improv at the Loose Moose. After his 18th birthday, Derek gave him the book "On the road" by Jack Keroac to read and within the month they were on the road, inspired to see the world. Eric says "When money became an issue, we became street performers and realised we could do what we loved, travel and make a living, the rest is history". If Eric was not performing for a living, he'd probably be selling furniture for his father. Check out www.ambersfurniture.com.

While the 3 Canadians had gone their separate ways in October of 1998, Eric continued to perform with Derek. These two set up a variety show called "Eric and Derek's Hot Nuts and Popcorn Variety Hour" the same year the three of them had split up, though it was first performed at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1999 and then eventually brought to the 2000 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show was set up like a talk show where Eric and Derek harrassed the special guests. The special guests at the Melbourne Comedy Festival were comedians who were also performing at the festival.

On June 17th, 1999, Eric, along with Derek, appeared on Calgary's "Fast Forward" magazine to promote "Eric and Derek's Hot Nuts and Popcorn Variety Hour". Click here to see a picture and find a link to the related article.

There have been other shows to which Eric has performed with Derek. Also at the 2000 Melbourne Comedy Festival, he performed with Derek in "LOOSEMOOSE" along with three other Canadian improv comedians, Ryan Belleville, Ken Gardener, and Dave Lawerence.

Another show, which was performed, again, at Calgary's Loose Moose Theatre, was a parody of Macbeth. Eric got to play Macbeth, while Derek was Lady Macbeth. The other Loose Moose improvisers in this show were Ryan Gladstone, Ken Gardener, and Matthew Kennedy.

By now, it probably seems that Eric really enjoys working with Derek. This must be true, as there have been even more appearances together, including The Big Laugh Out at the 2000 Melbourne Comedy Festival, MCing Spinning Wheel with Derek twice at the 2001 Melbourne Comedy Festival, and also in 2001, singing Brian Adams' "Summer of '69" at the Festival Club as part of the Scared Weird Little Guys Superband, with Derek on the mornings of the 15th and 20th of April.

Eric also appeared on the 1995 Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala with Derek.

Eric likes a lot of variety in his life, and because of that, he doesn't have many favourite things. He has however, said that his favourite moment on stage was "Interviewing wrestlers in a pink silk baby costume" and his favourite improv game is the same as Derek, the telling a story one word at a time. He says "I like all flavours of all things. Variety, after all is the spice of life."