Eric Herman's cool tunes for kids are at once ingeniously witty, indelibly memorable, and incredibly fun, and his videos, led by the viral hit, "The Elephant Song," have become hugely popular, with over 100 million views. Eric's songs and videos have been featured nationally on PBS Kids, XM Radio, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, and in the Warner Bros. film, Life as We Know It.
Eric lives in the Pacific Northwest and travels around the USA performing concerts and elementary school assembly programs for kids and families. Bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously fun songs, his shows have received rave responses from kids, parents, educators, and event coordinators wherever he performs.
Eric has two older sisters (Diane and Karen). His parents, Herm and Inge, have been married since 1961.
Eric and his wife Roseann were married in 2000. Roseann died in 2013 after a long illness. Click here for more about Roseann and all that she helped to contribute to Eric's career. Eric is getting married again in August of 2020 to a wonderful lady named Kim.
Eric has two daughters, Rebecca (born Sept. 2002) and Evelyn (born Dec. 2004), and a son, Johnathan, who was born and died in 2009. Becca and Evee are both growing in accomplishment in drama and music.
Eric and his family live in West Richland, WA, which is part of the 'Tri-Cities' area in southeastern Washington state. He grew up in Western New York and lived in the greater Buffalo area until 2004.
Eric's birthday is June 14, 1969.
Eric's favorite color is orange, with blue a close second.
Eric's favorite foods include pizza of almost any kind (i.e., NOT mushroom pizza), Chinese food, watermelon, spaetzle, lasagna, falafel, sushi, and tomato rotini soup.
Eric has a pet cat named Tigger and a dog named Chief, and has had pet chickens and rabbits and birds and millipedes.
Eric's favorite sports are hockey and baseball. He has been a Buffalo Sabres fan through thick and (mostly) thin, and has played in a few floor hockey leagues and softball tournaments over the years. He also likes football (suffering through four consecutive Super Bowl losses while living in Buffalo) and enjoys playing pool, volleyball, skiing, tennis, swimming, and disc golf.
Eric's favorite book is Watership Down. His favorite authors are Charles Dickens, George Orwell, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Eric's favorite movies include all of the Pixar films (especially Toy Story 2 and 3, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo), Life is Beautiful, Star Wars IV and V, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, This is Spinal Tap, The Shawshank Redemption, Mad Max: Fury Road, everything by Christopher Nolan, Room, and the Indiana Jones films.
Eric's favorite TV shows include Sherlock, Chuck, House, Frasier, Battlestar Galactica, A.N.T. Farm, The Simpsons, The Office, Hustle, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H*, Lost, Arrested Development, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, and Modern Family. His favorite shows when he was a kid were Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Emergency, The Planet of the Apes, Gilligan's Island, Looney Tunes, and Batman.
Eric's favorite comedians are Demetri Martin, George Carlin, Steven Wright and Steve Martin.
Eric's favorite all-time comic strips are Peanuts and Bloom County, and he's also been a fan of Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and Dilbert.
Eric likes to play computer games, VR games, Wii games, and games on his iDevices. He is also a board game geek, with favorite games including Settlers of Catan, chess, Pandemic, King of Tokyo, Dominion, Battlestar Galactica, Mage Knight, and Arkham Horror. Eric is also a big fan of "paint-by-number" logic puzzles.
Some of Eric's favorite musical artists and influences include The Beatles, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Santana, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Rush, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Tragically Hip, Cake, the Grateful Dead, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Paul Simon, The Who, Border Crossing, Sam Payne, Johnny Cash, Julie de Azevedo, Stevie Wonder, Weezer, Van Morrison, The Band, Jeff Buckley, Motown (various), Nirvana, Weird Al, Yes, They Might Be Giants, The Doors, Jack Johnson, Talking Heads, U2, and The Police.
In addition to performing live music in several bands and as a solo artist for many years in the Western New York area, Eric also performed a number of significant roles in professional and community theater productions, including Prof. Harold Hill (The Music Man), Alfie Dolittle (My Fair Lady), Tom Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie), Herbie (Gypsy), and Sgt. Trotter (Mousetrap). He started doing live theater again in 2018, and has since performed in three productions.
Eric is a big fan of the musical, The Music Man. He also likes other musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Hamilton, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, and Once Upon a Mattress.
Eric has written and produced a wide variety of music, including rock, progressive rock, folk, country, blues, reggae, acoustic singer/songwriter, orchestral music and musical theatre. His symphonic piece, "Thorvald's Saga," won an honorary mention in the 2004 Garritan Orchestration Competition, and his original musical, A Week in the Life, had a very successful four-week run at the Alleyway Theater in Buffalo, NY in 2003. The show was loosely based on the computer supply company where he used to work, Azerty, Inc., and Eric earned an Artie Award nomination for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his portrayal of one of his best friends, Ginter.
Jukebox of some Eric Herman songs.
Eric and Roseann
Eric before his morning bowl
of Fruit Loops.
ERIC HERMAN AND THE PUPPY DOGS Puppy Dog Ben (L), Eric, and Puppy Dog Dave (R)