TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – When he was in school, Eric Schwartz used to crack jokes around his swimming teammates. Now he’s competing with the big boys on the comedy circuit.
On Wednesday night, Schwartz was the headliner at the Tampa Improv. For those thinking about getting behind the mic, he has this advice: “I would tell them, do it. Come on, bring it on.”
Schwartz’s career includes a shot on the Tonight Show, and gigs around the country and the world. “I’ve been to India. I’ve been to Canada, and I’ve even been to Iowa,” he said.
Like most comedians, Schwartz would like to rise in the ranks, perhaps doing a stint on “Last Comic Standing.” Some of his friends are on the show now.
“It’s kind of fun to watch for me because it’s like, I know these guys and I know these jokes that they do, because we perform together all the time. And it’s cool to see what the judges are going to say about it,” he said.
Schwartz’s comedy routine includes music and slices of life. “My material gets me. I feel like, it’s not a matter of where do I get it. It’s like, when it comes to me, how can I hold onto it? And remember and present it to an audience?” he said.
It’s not all laughs. Sometimes it just doesn’t click. He’s received boos from audiences. But the cheers far outweigh all that. “If you can let go of that, and just say, ‘Hey, that’s gonna happen once in a while, and that’s gonna teach you to be a stronger comedian,’ then you’re golden,” Schwartz said.