Eric Abrams is a director of Digital Development at Comedy Central, where he works to bring web series to life on TV. He’s also been called the “level-headed backboard” of his team.
Eric Abrams is a director of Digital Development at Comedy Central, where he works to bring web series to life on TV. He’s been called the “level-headed backboard” of his team, and encourages an open door policy with ideas and creative discussions.
“We just finished shooting our first show to transition from online to on-air and it was his show – he nurtured it, pushed it forward and gave the digital team our first big success,” says Katie LeBlanc, a development assistant at Comedy Central Digital Studios.
Thanks to his relaxed nature and logical approach to problems, he’s been called the “level-headed backboard” of his team, praised for how supportive he is to all his co-workers. He’s also lauded for encouraging an open door policy with ideas and creative discussions.
Introduce yourself: tell me a little bit about yourself, how you got started at Comedy Central and your interests (in both work and life).
I interned at CC in 2005. Then I worked in the booking office at the Improv, and I worked for Just for Laughs comedy festivals, and I did some freelancing, and then I returned here about three years ago. I’m interested in comedy and music and football. But mostly I like eating food and hanging out with my wife and our dog.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I try to have a healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch. And hopefully avoid snacking in the afternoon. All bets are off at dinner.
What’s the best part of your job?
Being around funny people who get my sense of humor. Never needing to censor myself. Working in comedy rules.
CC Studios is working on some exciting and innovative projects, pushing series from web to TV. Can you talk a bit about the energy on your team right now?
We’re all thrilled. CC Studios has existed less than three years, so the group is massively evolved from what we used to be. We actually have two CC Studios shows (This Is Not Happening & Idiotsitter) that will premiere on TV in 2015. Idiotsitter stars and was created by Jillian Bell from Workaholics and he writing partner Charlotte Newhouse. They’re ridiculous and they’re hysterically funny. But don’t take my word for it, watch both series on CC’s YouTube channel. TINH is a storytelling show – sort of like a stand-up showcase but nothing at all like a stand-up showcase. It’s highly stylized and we try to get away from a lot of more traditional things that you might see when you watch stand-up on TV. And it’s all based in true & honest stories, which I love. This show is extra special to me because I created it with Ari Shaffir (the host) when I was freelancing and I’ve been working on it and developing it for nearly five years.
Where can we find you on the weekends?
On a couch probably.
What’s on your holiday wish list this year?
Any New Year’s Resolutions?
Same as always. Go to the doctor more. Floss more. Read more.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“You have to eat something.”
If you could only use one of these platforms, which would it be: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
Last book you read or movie you watched?
I’m reading “Kingdom of Fear” by Hunter S. Thompson and I recently watched “The King of Comedy” with Robert De Niro, which is an old movie, but I hadn’t heard of it. It’s real weird. And real good.