R. Ernie Silva is hardly typical in any sense of the word. He is a product of Bushwick projects in Brooklyn New York. It was there Ernie got his first tastes of life in front of live audiences. As Ernie grew so did his taste for performing.

At age 17 Ernie became fascinated with Flip Wilson, Freddie Prinze, and Richard Pryor. Consequently, stand-up comedy drew him back to the stage where his own words grew life of their own.

Later, Ernie went on to become the first member of his family to graduate college. He holds a Bachelor’s in Acting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a MFA from the University of Southern California where writing became the marriage partner to his creative life onstage.

When Ernie is not performing you can be find him teaching theater to incarcerated youth and children around the inner city of Los Angeles.