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 online, with over 40 million views on YouTube. Eric's songs and videos have been heard and seen 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 and outrageously fun songs, and with almost nonstop audience participation, his shows have received rave responses from kids, parents, teachers and event coordinators wherever he performs.
MORE (THAN YOU NEED TO KNOW) ABOUT ERIC...
Eric's full name is Eric Herman Endres.
Eric has two older sisters (Diane and Karen). His parents have been married for 52 years.
Eric and his wife Roseann were married in 2000. They have two daughters, Rebecca (born Sept. 2002) and Evelyn (born Dec. 2004).
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, which he says makes him 26 years old. (He's not good at math.)
Eric's favorite color is orange, with blue a close second.
Eric's favorite foods include Tony's frozen pizzas (large, regular crust, pepperoni), Chinese food, watermelon, lasagna and his wife's fajitas.
Eric has a pet cat named Tigger, a dog named Chief, two pet rats and four pet chickens.
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, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Michael Crichton.
Eric is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has no political affiliation.
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, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the Christopher Nolan Batman films, Inception, The Music Man and the Indiana Jones films.
Eric's favorite TV shows include House, Frasier, Battlestar Galactica, A.N.T. Farm, The Simpsons, The Office, Hustle, Sherlock, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H*, Lost, Arrested Development, Big Bang Theory 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, Bill Cosby, 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 and games on his iDevices (favorites include Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds and Draw Something). He is also an avid 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, 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, Neil Young, The Band, Jeff Buckley, Motown (various), Nirvana, Weird Al, Yes, They Might Be Giants, The Doors, 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).
Eric is a big fan of the musical, The Music Man. He also likes other musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, 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.