WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida comedy community will have a chance to say goodbye to Erik Myers on Saturday when the Palm Beach Improv live streams his memorial service.
The service begins at 11 a.m. Improv owner Rene Harte requests that those planning to attend RSVP by commenting on the Remembering Erik Myers Facebook Event Page. Food will be served following the service.
“It’s going to be a very sad day in comedy,” Harte wrote in a text message.
Widely considered among the funniest stand-up comics of his era, Myers, 41, passed away last week after being struck by a van while walking along a Texas highway. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Harte will project the live stream on the Improv’s large screen, allowing those unable to attend the Orlando-area service in person to come together and grieve.
A tribute to Myers is also under consideration.
Myers began his comedy career in Baltimore before moving to Florida. In 2011 he became the inaugural winner of the Florida Funniest Comic contest, held annually at the Improv.
“I’ve watched his set, I want to say, a million times and I’ve laughed every single time,” Harte said.
Myers spent the better part of the past decade living in Los Angeles, but recently returned to the Orlando area, spending a significant portion of time in South Florida.
His resume included several acting credits and multiple comedy specials.
News of Myers death inspired an outpouring of memories and grief on social media from local comics.
“I think what made him so special was his ability to always be kind and nice to everybody,” Harte said.
The Improv memorial service is open to comics, friends and fans of comedy.