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Watch Me on the Popular Opinion Game Show!

I was on the new Facebook Live Gameshow called Popular opinion with my husband Alex and our friend and fellow comedian Pat Susmilch! Watch the episode and see if we win $10,000! (Spoiler alert, um we totally did.)

Click here to watch! And let me know what you think! 🙂

The show is amazingly silly and fun! You will love it!

Oct 5, 2017 | Posted by in featured | 0 comments

Announcing My New Podcast – Deal With It

I’ve always wanted to have a podcast but hadn’t found a topic that really connected with me. All that has changed. Cohosted by Joleen Lunzer and produced by my husband Alex Stein, we bring you the Deal With It podcast.

Every week we discuss topics related to living with mental and physical health conditions. We want to break stigmas and spread awareness by being open, real and also funny.

I have a heart condition called Marfan Syndrome which comes with chronic pain and many physical ailments. Joleen has anxiety, depression, addiction and OCD. We’re both standup comics that use comedy to heal and connect. We invite guests to discuss their conditions and share their experiences, stories and advice as well.

I would absolutely love it if you listened and subscribed! Any and all feedback is welcome and we are always looking for listener questions and comments. You can do all of this on our fancy dancy website here: http://dealwithitshow.com/

Thank you for listening and for supporting this new exciting adventure. It has been an emotional journey and I can’t wait to see how this podcast evolves. I’ve learned so much already and the guests we’ve had have all been phenomenal. I’m constantly inspired by the strength and heart people dealing with emotional and physical illnesses have. There is so much pain in this world and so many stigmas surrounding illness. It doesn’t have to be that way.

So thank you again! Love you all so much!

-Andy, Joleen and Alex
Deal With It!

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Jun 14, 2017 | Posted by in Blog, featured | 0 comments

I’m going to be on Scream Queens on FOX!

I’m excited to announce that I will be guest starring on a television show!

The show is called Scream Queens and it’s on Fox.

The show airs Tuesday Nov 15th at 9/8c, and it will also be available on Hulu and Fox’s website.

And guess what else?!

I’m also excited that my character on the show has Marfan Syndrome 🙂

Basically the dream job.

This is a great opportunity to spread awareness and I will be doing my best to get on local TV news stations, as well as podcasts and web shows to talk about the show but more importantly, to talk about my heart condition called Marfan Syndrome. Awareness saves lives, and it’s important for everyone to know the signs. It’s not very often that Marfan Syndrome gets mentioned on television. And we’re typically seen as just patients on dramatic medical shows. Well on this show I’m not just a patient that is sick. I got to play a more layered and fun role. And it was awesome.

The cast, crew, creator and everyone involved were amazing. They took care of me on set. When I had back pain I was able to take a break, when my feet hurt they found different shoes, and when I told them about my heart condition, they listened and were excited to spread awareness as well. I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved, and I’m thankful that the writers, casting directors and Ryan Murphy made it a point to try to hire an actress who had Marfan Syndrome. It has been a dream come true.

I also want to note that this show is not a “PC” show and it does have violence, and perhaps isn’t a show that young children should watch. I recommend parents watch the episode first and then decide if you want to show your children the entire episode/series or just certain parts.

I love the show. It’s silly, over the top, edgy and really really funny. I don’t think television needs to reflect the ideal world, it’s purpose is to entertain us and to explore that which is not just good, but also evil and the struggles that mirror the real world.

I really really hope you watch the show and enjoy seeing someone with Marfan’s Syndrome on television. This was an amazing opportunity that has opened more doors and will allow me to continue to follow my dreams and inspire others with medical illnesses to follow their dreams as well.

I love you all and thank you all for the support! I will be posting again following the episode and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

xoxox

-Andy Erikson

PS: Do you have a podcast, blog, web show, or work for a news organization and would like to learn more about Marfan Syndrome? Or hey, do you know Ellen Degeneres? 🙂 PLEASE REACH OUT! My email is: [email protected]

AND here are the signs of Marfan Syndrome:

  • Long arms, legs and fingers
  • Tall and thin body type
  • Curved spine
  • Chest sinks in or sticks out
  • Flexible joints
  • Flat feet
  • Crowded teeth
  • Stretch marks on the skin that are not related to weight gain or loss

Please go to https://www.marfan.org/ to learn more!

And don’t forget to join my mailing list!

Nov 14, 2016 | Posted by in Blog, featured | 4 comments

Alex Stein’s Acting Reel

I love my husband Alex Stein so much. He is kind, smart, and best of all, so funny!

I wanted to share with you his new acting reel. Perhaps you can see why we are perfect for each other.

Thank you for watching and for telling all your friends to put him in your movies and commercials!

Enjoy 🙂

watch here

 

LA Casting – http://cni.lacasting.com/talent/profi…

Casting Frontier – https://database.castingfrontier.com/…

Actors Access – http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/AlexStein

Email – [email protected]

Commercial Representation – First Class Talent Agency – Los Angeles 818-424-3282

Aug 24, 2016 | Posted by in featured, Posts | 0 comments

I’m in Love with Pokemon Go!

Here are some photos and a video of what it’s like to play Pokemon Go, and what it’s like to be me 🙂

How to dress like a Pokemon Go Trainer

You gotta look the part. Hats are a must. Checkout all my sweet Gym badges.

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Got my backpack on so I can hold Pokeballs and candy.

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I look JUST like my avatar 🙂

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And now the best part, a video of what it’s like to play Pokemon Go! Super silly and so much fun. Please watch and share and give it a like on Youtube!


Click here to watch!

Video Credits: Xchel Hernandez, Joleen Lunzer and Alex Stein

 

Jul 11, 2016 | Posted by in Blog, featured, Posts | 2 comments

Andy Erikson on Jash’s PokUrMom! LIVE stream show on Twitch!

I had THE best day today, because I got to nerd out about Pokemon and even talk about wizard camp while playing video games. Highlight was when my mom logged on to the live stream and created an account just so she could ask why I wasn’t working and if I was getting paid. I couldn’t stop laughing!

JashPlay has SO many funny and awesome videos, so check them all out! And watch my episode here, let me know what you think!

Watch live video from JashPlay on www.twitch.tv

Jun 10, 2016 | Posted by in featured, Posts | 0 comments

Reebok Rant – Alien Stomper Shoes only in men’s sizes

Reebok came out with a pair of designer shoes based on Sigourney Weaver’s footwear in the movie Alien today. Sigourney is a woman with “woman feet” and I’m not kidding, the shoes are only available in men’s sizes. There were no options for women sizes.

Now if you’re thinking, “Just settle down ladies and buy a pair in men’s sizes and stop being so emotional!” Well even if a woman did want to purchase these shoes, the smallest size was a Men’s 9! Aka a women’s 11!

And according to IMDB Sigourney wears a size 10 in women’s so she wouldn’t even be able to wear her own goddamn shoes!

Wtf Reebok?

Reebok Alien Stomper no women sizes

Apr 26, 2016 | Posted by in Blog, featured, Posts | 0 comments

My Television Debut, and Marfan Syndrome

I have a connective tissue disorder called Marfan Syndrome. I’ve had many surgeries including heart and back surgery and I wasn’t allowed to play sports as a kid among other limitations. I am super tall and lanky and I’ve never felt normal, because I’m not.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday July 29th, I’m going to be on NBC’s Last Comic standing and I would absolutely love it if you all watched and cheered me on. It has been my dream to be on Last Comic Standing ever since the show first aired in 2003 and tomorrow it becomes a reality.

My entire life I’ve struggled with my Marfan’s. I’ve hated my body and wished I could trade places with almost anyone else. Growing up I felt strange and alone and I thought nobody would ever love me. (Besides my family of course, who love me more than words can express.)

I started doing standup comedy as a way to make friends and I found that I not only made friends, but some people actually wanted to be me. It was exciting and new. I began to appreciate who I was and have grown immensely in the 8 years I’ve been a comedian. I even met an awesome guy named Alex Stein as a direct result. He saw me perform at ACME comedy club and he thought I was the coolest, and he’s now my amazing husband and the papa to my cat and hundreds of stuffed animals. Love you Alex!

I thought I became a comedian so people would like me. But it was really the other way around. Comedy helped me to find love for myself. In doing so, I began to really be me. I could be silly and weird and confident, because I didn’t need validation from “the popular kids.” I could make people laugh by telling jokes or while pretending to be a squirrel, or I could pretend to be a squirrel and make people ask their neighbor “what’s going on?” And either way I was having fun, enjoying being me.

I’m still terrified about the show airing. If you spend your entire life doubting yourself it’s a pretty hard habit to kick. I’m afraid people won’t like me, or they’ll make fun of the way I look. They’ll post on twitter and Facebook that I suck or that I should stop doing comedy. I completely understand that these people are stupid and their opinions don’t matter, and at this point it’s still completely hypothetical. But I’m human.

Is it possible to have confidence and be proud of who you are, and still care about what other people think? I hope so.

I was more nervous to do this show, then I was before my open heart surgery. And that’s completely true. To be fair, I had heart surgery in 4th grade and my mom told me there was nothing to worry about and that afterwords there would be candy and presents and I’d get time off school, so I was actually quite excited to have heart surgery… Completely unaware that my entire family was balling their eyes out in the waiting room knowing quite well that I might not make it. So I guess that puts things in perspective.

I can walk fine, thanks to a foot surgery. I’m not blind, even after an eye surgery. I’m not paralyzed or crippled, even after my back surgery. And I have a working heart. Oh! And I’m alive. Can’t forget about that one.

So thank you science and doctors! I literally wouldn’t be here with out you!

Also, thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me all these years. Thank you mom for coming to as many open mics as you possibly can. You go to Monday nights at ACME so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if Derek gave you 5 minutes. You’ve always told me I was beautiful and could do anything I wanted when I grow up. I love you. Nicole and Jesse, I love you both so much. Thank you Nicole for your silliness and also your sincerity I’ve always looked up to you. And Jesse, thank you for helping convince me to do comedy and for quoting Mike Birbiglia with me. You’re one of the funniest people I know!

And of course, my friends: Thank you Katie for helping me embrace life and showing me how to live each day to the fullest. You are a true inspiration. Trista, your laugh gave me the courage to try jokes on stage. We’ve been best friends since we were babies and we’ve gone on so many adventures together. And Sarah, you made going to open mics so fun and even started a comedy show just so your friends could perform on it and get free drinks! haha And without you I surely wouldn’t have graduated college, and for that I am forever grateful.

To my dad Joe, I miss you every day and wouldn’t be the person I am without you. Thank you for trying standup comedy just so you could spend more time with me, that was the absolute coolest. People still talk about when you performed as “Joe Rock” in the Comedy Corner Underground basement. You were an amazing dad and not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. And Grandma Audrey, I miss you too. Unfortunately people aren’t allowed to make fun of Wal-Mart on Network TV, otherwise I would have done my Wal-mart joke. Thank you for helping me use up my drink tickets and for coming to all my shows. I love you.

I’d also like to thank the wonderful people in the Marfan FB group. You all have the biggest hearts. Both literally and figuratively. I only wish I would have found you sooner! About this time last year I posted in the group that I was in the ER with chest pains. I was more scared than I’d ever been. It was really late so my family was asleep and far away, but you were there for me, with advice, hugs and prayers. I cannot thank you enough.

Terri and Jami, I consider you like sisters, and Jordan you are like my brother. You are all hilarious and loving and fun.

I’d start naming off comedians but I know I would forget someone and feel awful. But you know who you are. And I wanted to thank you all for befriending the tall weird girl that came out of nowhere barging into the comedy scene bringing candy and cookies and only talking about stuffed animals and always needing a ride. I cannot imagine this world without you. You’ve inspired and motivated me and welcomed me into a whole new weird family. Thank you.

You never know what the future will hold. You can only do your best on as many days as you can. Some days it’s okay to cry. And some days, it’s okay to laugh. It really all comes down to love. Surround yourself with people you love, and love what you do. And most importantly, love who you are. I’m excited for the show airing, and after writing this, I’m a little less afraid. I’ve had many ups and downs in life, and I’m excited for this next up.

Thank you all for reading. I love you.

For more information on Marfan Syndrome follow this link. Early diagnosis is key.

Tune in to Last Comic Standing, Wednesday at 10/9c

AND check out this sweet promo, with yours truly 🙂

Jul 28, 2015 | Posted by in Blog, featured | 59 comments

Last Comic Standing Update!

Hello friends, fans, and family! If you haven’t already heard, I’m going to be on season 9 of Last Comic Standing! I’m beyond excited. It has always been a dream of mine to be on this show, and I can’t wait for the show to air! The season premier is July 22nd!

I don’t know which episode I’ll be on, or even how much of me will be shown, but I hope you tune in!

In the meantime, here are a few show promos!

This is the Official Trailer, can you see me? 🙂

 

This is a link to a short sketch featuring me and comedian Ian Bagg that was uploaded to Facebook.

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https://www.facebook.com/lastcomicstanding/videos/10153978497144046/?fref=nf

Jun 29, 2015 | Posted by in Blog, featured, Posts | 0 comments
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