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Eric Petersen

Eric Petersen

Eric Petersen has been bestowing his rock wisdom on some supremely talented young apprentices in School of Rock – The Musical at the Winter Garden. Next spring, he’ll be searching for a shaker and salt in the Broadway-bound Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville. These are not  Petersen’s first rodeos, having appeared as Ted in the stunning Peter & the Starcatcher and the titular ogre in Shrek: The Musical. He has been in various television series including “Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family”.

We are thrilled to have Eric Petersen On the Couch!

What do you consider to be your best asset?

Wearing my heart on my sleeve, and my droopy eyes.

What was your proudest moment?

Becoming a Dad (both times).

What is your favorite drink?

Bloody Mary or Root Beer.

What is your favorite food?

Chicago Style Hot Dogs (Vienna Beef), Deep Dish Pizza, and Taco


What is your favorite condiment?

Raw Onions.

What is your current obsession?

I’m loving my new Air Pods from Apple.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?

Drinking soda.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

Being a Series Regular on a long running TV Sitcom.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?


What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

Online shopping.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?

My weekly burrito consumption.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

To always find the funny in any moment.

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Loving to sit on the couch and watch too much TV.

What in the world most thrills you?

Watching any of my favorite sports teams (Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, Norte Dame) win a big game!!

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?

People who post cryptic social media statuses.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?

Forgetting all the lines to the opening song in Shrek: The Musical during a performance while on tour.

What is your favorite place in the world?

In my bed snuggling with my wife and kids.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

That they are smart and funny and make me laugh. I’m lucky enough to have an amazing wife who has done that through 10 years of marriage! She’s the best!

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?


What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

World Peace OR I get to swim through an enormous vat of Skittles ala Scrooge McDuck swimming through his money on Duck Tales.

What is your personal motto?

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world, is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” -Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous”