Erick Acuña Pereda

Erick is a Peruvian comedian and writer based in Washington DC.

He studied at Ketó Improv Theater in Peru, and after moving to the US he completed Washington Improv Theater’s (WIT) and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade’s programs, as well as the Comedy Writing program at The Second City.

Erick performs at WIT with The Broken Bones (2019 FIST’s winners), Poetic Resistance, The Interview, Improv Actually, and Bring Back the 90s. He directs WIT’s rock musical Heavy Rotation.

In addition, he performs with indie teams Press Play, Captain PhD, Couch Money, Sábado Picante, and Latinx States of America. His one-person show ‘Acuña Acuna’ was voted ‘Best Performance’ at the Capital Show, and it was a finalist at the Yes, And… Laughter Lab in partnership with Comedy Central. He’s also the founding member and contributing writer of ‘The Cherry Swamp’, a Washington DC based satire site. 

Website:
erickacuna.com

Current Ensembles
Favorite Snack
Canchita y chifles
Personal Hero
Chespirito

Born and raised in Peru, Erick learned that the language of improv is universal. Erick believes that no matter where we come from, we all can improvise. At the end of the day, improvisation is not scripted, and nor is everyday life

Erick Acuña is a Peruvian comedian and writer based in Washington DC. He studied at Ketó Improv Theater in Peru, and after moving to the US he completed Washington Improv Theater’s (WIT) and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade’s programs, as well as the Comedy Writing program at The Second City.

For the last decade he has been teaching and performing improv comedy at WIT. He also teaches at Will Hines’ World Greatest Improv School. He has taught improv workshops and performed in comedy festivals in over twenty cities around the US, Latin-America and Europe.

His solo show ‘Acuña Acuna’ had a sold out run at the Capital Fringe and it was voted ‘Best Solo Performance’ and ‘Best of Fringe’. His show was also a finalist at the Yes, And… Laughter Lab in partnership with Comedy Central. He’s also the founding member and contributing writer of ‘The Cherry Swamp’, a Washington DC based satire site. 

You can find out more at erickacuna.com

Photo by Jeff Salmore

STUDENT FEEDBACK

“Erick was a fantastic instructor! He fostered such an open and fun environment to practice in and always provided very candid and constructive feedback.”

“Erick brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his teaching. He excels at highlighting specific behaviors and actions that help a scene along, and continuously offers clear and meaningful support to everyone in the class.”

“Erick was wonderful. Each week very clearly built on the class prior, and I feel like I received very clear ways of thinking about characters and perspectives. Also time was utilized very well as he filled the class with actual exercises that helped me practice and improve.”

“It was such a joy learning under Erick, he was very supportive during class. He gives thoughtful and detailed feedback to every player and shares with us the great techniques he has as a performer.”

Current Ensembles
Favorite improv warm-up
Anything that requires singing
Hidden Talent
Not getting lost without a GPS