Another sad loss for the comedy community. On Wednesday, comedian Erik Myers was struck by a van in Texas, where he was in town doing a weekend of gigs at Hyena’s Comedy Club in Dallas. He was 40 years old.
Throughout his career, Myers had appeared on Gotham City Live, Laughs, Andrew Dice Clay Presents The Blue Show, and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. Myers also created an animated pilot titled Court Ordered that featured many of his comedian friends. And his stand-up special, Dopeless Romantic, debuted on Hulu in 2013. He was a paid regular at The Comedy Store and spent a lot of his time touring comedy clubs throughout the country.
After his passing was made public, many of his friends and the comedy community in general took to social media to pay their respects to Myers.
We're incredibly sad to announce the passing of Paid Regular Erik Myers. The energy he brought to the stage was always matched by the audience’s laughter. Rest easy Erik and make Mitzi laugh for us. pic.twitter.com/ymP9Zr1lTy
— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) February 26, 2021
— The Laugh Factory (@TheLaughFactory) February 25, 2021
Erik Myers was a comedic FORCE. He would destroy a room. I’ll miss watching him get a standing ovation then innocently ask “How did I do?” I’ll miss hearing him say “BRADLEYS!” when we saw each other. I’ll just miss him. Do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. Rest in power pal pic.twitter.com/W1DC9CGie6
— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 25, 2021
Oh man. That sucks about Erik Myers. He opened for me a few times. When I first met him in Florida, I was like who is this guy. He quickly won me over and he always destroyed on stage. I’ll miss sharing nachos with him. #RIP
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) February 25, 2021
Damn, he was a beast on stage and one of the nicest guys off stage. I will miss your voice. RIP Erik Myers pic.twitter.com/7UqxnHpRsj
— brian redban (@redban) February 25, 2021
I just heard of the tragic passing of Comedian Erik Myers. Wow such an incredibly talented man. Erik could get the type of laughs that most of us dream of. Rest In Peace my brother you were one of the best to ever do. Wow such a tragic day. Comedy took a hit. #RIPErikMyers pic.twitter.com/UmRAFqnL0O
— "Re-Educated Sam" Tripoli AKA The Fat Dragon (@RoninSamTripoli) February 25, 2021
We should all be as kind as Erik Myers was to me when I was a total comedy newbie and he brought me to all of the open mics and helped me write one of my first jokes: “I was sober for 15 years, and then I turned 16.” He was kind, genuine, and hilarious. Rest easy, Erik. pic.twitter.com/2Z1gBcyBc2
— Erica Rhodes (@ericarhodes) February 26, 2021
— DC (@DaneCook) February 25, 2021
Erik Myers was amazing. We lived together for a short time. He helped me a lot, he would always pick up the phone when I was feeling so low. He was one of the funniest acts I ever saw on stage and I hope his family knows how much he was loved pic.twitter.com/xg1YKG8ISn
— Dustin Ybarra (@Dustin_Ybarra) February 25, 2021
So sad to hear about Erik Myers. An absolute force on stage. We hung a lot early on in our careers and he was always so much fun to be around. I hope you’ve found peace, my brother. Godspeed
— Chris Porter (@IamChrisPorter) February 25, 2021
Erik Myers was one of the kindest people to me when I started stand up. His only mission in life was to make people laugh. He fought so many demons in his time here on earth & losing him like this is such a devastating blow to the comedy community. I hope you find peace my friend pic.twitter.com/wRaAubcYDq
— Jennifer Decker (@jennifersterger) February 25, 2021
Comedy lost one of the real ones today, rest easy Erik Myers. The dude was a god damn beast on stage pic.twitter.com/nL1Yu0zcTt
— Dan LaMorte (@DanLaMorte) February 25, 2021
The scratchiest shriek of a voice, the most energy one could exert on a stage, and a genuine understanding that every audience deserved the best show ever. #rip Erik Myers. You killed every goddamn time we did a show together.
— Alex Hooper (@HooperHairPuff) February 25, 2021
1/2) erik myers was one of the funniest people i've ever seen perform. whether it was a dead open mic or a big show, he brought down the room and had everyone crying laughing. he killed. he was so naturally funny, a character, but his joke writing was also impeccable. pic.twitter.com/rgsogs621Z
— i can be your long lost pal (@PallaviGunalan) February 25, 2021
He had a brilliant mind and a real gift for making people laugh. He always made time for a visit when he was in AZ. I just wish his time on earth wasn’t so hard.
We just talked a month ago about doing shows together soon.
You’ll be missed, Erik Myers. Damn it, this sucks. pic.twitter.com/fPHlXVWqPa
— jillypie (@itsmejillkimmel) February 25, 2021
Watched Erik Myers just annihilate rooms, dude would destroy the place, always the best set. The kinda sets that would turn most people into assholes, but he would talk to everyone like a close friend. Kind and egoless and hilarious (pretty rare). Rest easy man pic.twitter.com/xB7AOLoOBp
— eli sairs (@elisairs) February 26, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear about the sudden death of my longtime friend (no relation) Erik Myers. I have always enjoyed him whenever I had the opportunity to see and work with him. I also admired the way he battled with and ended up beating his many demons. pic.twitter.com/oodKXaHkvT
— Tom Myers (@Tom_Myers) February 25, 2021
— aaron berg- i make it look too easy (@aaronbergcomedy) February 25, 2021