Does Eric Schaeffer-- creator and star of "Eric Schaeffer: Life Coach," the newest series on the My Damn Channel Comedy Network
-- look familiar to you? He's had a long Hollywood career. Learn more about him:
Writer/ Director/ Actor
After driving a cab in his hometown of New York City for 8 years in his twenties, Eric exploded on the film scene with his debut film, MY LIFE’S IN TURNAROUND, (1994, ARROW RELEASING) to rave reviews. Eric’s follow-up, IF LUCY FELL (1996) concerned 29-year-old New York therapist who, after her most recent romantic meltdown, makes a pact with her male roommate to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge if she hasn’t found love by 30. Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Stiller, and Elle Macpherson starred alongside Eric, who wrote, directed and produced the hit romantic comedy for TRISTAR.
He fulfilled the same multi-hyphenate in his next two films: FALL (1997, MGM) and WIREY SPINDELL, (2000, WINSTAR) respectively. In Eric’s subsequent film, NEVER AGAIN, two fifty-somethings (Jill Clayburg and Jeffrey Tambor) that have sworn off falling in love again meet in a gay bar and rediscover themselves. Eric wrote and directed this romantic comedy for FOCUS FILMS. In 2002 Eric then made MIND THE GAP in 2004 starring himself, Elizabeth Reiser. Charles Parnell and Alan King.
THER’RE OUT OF THE BUSINESS is a quirky romantic comedy he made with Donal Ward, the sequel to their first film MY LIFE’S IN TURNAROUND. IFC FILMS released it theatrically in 2011.
Eric ‘s newest film AFTER FALL, WINTER, a dark, edgy romantic drama-comedy set in Paris opened theatrically in NYC Jan 2012 and FILMBUFF released it on digital platforms as well.
Eric’s first show TOO SOMETHING was on FOX in 1995. He created, starred and produced the comedy along with Donal Larnder Ward.
After starring on Mitch Hurwitz’s Everything’s Relative for NBC, Eric then created the FX original comedy series, STARVED in 2005. The show took a comedic look at the romantic and personal lives of an eating disorder support group. Eric created, wrote, directed and starred in the series.
I CAN’T BLIEVE I’M STILL SINGLE, a narrative-style documentary series (based on his 2007 Memoir,) chronicled Eric’s quest to find a wife at the age of 40. It ran for 3 seasons on Showtime. The show continues to receive great reviews and strong ratings on HULU.
GRAVITY was Eric’s most recent scripted half hour. He created it with Jill Franklyn. The Starz original series he directed, produced and starred in was on the air in 2011. It also starred Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter.
As a controversial and outspoken culture critic, Eric’s thoughts have also been published in The Huffington Post, Bookslut, Salon, and other important magazines and blogs.
His work is known for it’s honest and frank discussion of human sexuality, romantic love, sexual politics and exposes the quirky sides of our lives that we all know exist but often don’t talk about… at least in public. In ERIC SCHAEFFER – LIFE COACH, his first made for the internet full length comedy series, these themes will certainly be tackled reaching both comic and poignant ends of the emotional spectrum.
Eric lives and creates in New York City.
(L-R: Mitch, Thomas, Jim)
Editor's Note: Today we have guest bloggers! The Worst Generation is our newest series and we thought it might be nice for you to get to know its stars a little more intimately, so here they are:
So, My Damn Channel wants us to do some type of blog thingy to kinda introduce ourselves to the people of the internet. Since we don't have any actual "fan mail" (or even "fans" for that matter), I've ripped off a few questions from a Justin Bieber fan site for us to answer. Answer these bad boys and any other questions you can think of to get this bad boy rollin'.
If your house was on fire and you could only take one thing with you what would it be?
- Roxy, 13, Detroit
JIM: Hi Roxy. Thanks for watching. I'd probably have to grab my amazing-incredible-pornography box, a.k.a. my computer. Either that or my collection of Simpsons action figures.
THOMAS: Bauer, he's the only hope any of us have for success. And you're an idiot Jim the question clearly stated one thing that you would take and you clearly listed two.
JIM: I get nervous talking to people from Detroit. She probably just wants to steal our stuff.
MITCH: My depression pills.
Where do you get your best love advice?
- Lonely in Little Rock
MITCH: My dad once told me. "never take home the three legged dog from the pound just because you feel sorry for it." That made since when I was 9 and it still does to this day.
JIM: I've tried it all; tarot cards, gypsy palm readings, fortune cookies, magic 8 balls... and I found the best place for you to get your love advise... is from inside your heart :)
THOMAS: I just watch what Mitch does, and it teaches me exactly what NOT to do as far as love is concerned.
If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would it be?
THOMAS: I don't really care as long as those three people are buying. And it better be some gourmet shit, if I have to go listen to three other people bore me to death I don't want to do it over a Big Mac and fries.
MITCH: Bo Jackson, The Pope, and Dennis Rodman
JIM: Wow Mitch, what are the odds of the Pope even responding to that evite? I'm going with Jenna Jameson, Pamela Anderson and Angelina Jolie. In their primes. Next question.
How does it feel to be mobbed by screaming girls?
JIM: You get used to it.
THOMAS: Feels normal, they've been doing it my whole life.
MITCH: Sometimes, I don't feel worthy of it all. Other times, it gets annoying having to hear all the jibber-jabber that comes along with it.
Describe your dream girl.
MITCH: I hear your dream girl is actually a version of your mother. So probably an annoying old bitch.
JIM: My dream girl is funny, smart, nice smile, pretty eyes, caring of others, and got an ass so big you can see it from the front.
THOMAS: Depends on my mood. And the season.
What would a fan have to do to date you?
THOMAS: Tell me their daddy was Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Jerry Bruckheimer or any such type of person, so that I can leave these clowns of TWG behind and get started on my life doing something that is actually worth a shit.
JIM: Be 18 years old and have a vagina. A trust fund wouldn't hurt either.
MITCH: Have you ever heard of a ballcuzzi?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JIM: Hopefully off of unemployment and out of my parents' basement.
MITCH: Cute cottage near the sea with roommates that make me breakfast and flush the toilet once in a while... or unemployed in my parents basement.
THOMAS: Dating Spielberg's daughter.
How do you deal with all the haters out there?
MITCH: I always carry a butterfly knife I got in Baja. Can't hate when you're getting stabbed.
THOMAS: In the words of Tupac: " Fuck it. I feel like I shine. And I don't give a fuck how many white people, the Media, black people, playa haters, police, whoever, try to darken my shine, Im'a always shine through. "
JIM: Uhhhhh wait what?
What would you do if all the fame went away tomorrow?
JIM: If all of this fame was suddenly taken away from me, I'd probably blow my head off.
MITCH: It would be a long way to fall, but I'm sure I could still pull ass so who cares.
THOMAS: Be excited that I'd never have to answer stupid questions like these again. Is this really what you want us to do Jimmy? Whataya' stupid or something?
How would you describe your style?
JIM: Oh I dunno, maybe rural-chic with an urban twist.
MITCH: Commando, Ballistic, and Fresh.
How do you maintain such a hot body?
THOMAS: Layers and no AC.
MITCH: Commitment to Excellence.
JIM: More like commitment to purging after every meal. I usually lift like 8 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Editor: Uh, thanks, guys! We'll all be watching you and Bauer every Tuesday at www.MyDamnChannel.com/TheWorstGeneration! And following you on Twitter at @TheWorstGen! And on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheWorstGeneration!
Otherwise we'll be avoiding Mitch and his butterfly knife.
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with tags Mardi Gras
, New Orleans
, Mitch Landrieu
, Super Bowl
, Grace Helbig
, Dave Ahdoot
, Grace Crashers
, Southern Comfort
on 2/8/2010 11:12:52 AM by KT Pierce ~ Voodoo Priestess
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