Chris Distefano has learned, developed, and almost perfected the art of breaking open one or two ribs. The American comedian and comedian took the less-traveled path and left a seemingly lucrative job to do something that was almost considered irrational.
From juggling with his work as a physiotherapist to his decision to become a clown, he established himself in the comic industry and appears with an impressive resume in almost every major club in the country.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Chris Distefano was born on August 26, 1984, in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America. He grew up in an Italian-Irish Catholic family as his parents’ only child. As he grew up, Chris Distefano always wanted to pursue a career path where he could make people happy. As a child, he was a huge Jim Carrey fan and always pretended to be him. So comedy became his passion.
He attended St. Joseph’s College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later a doctorate in physiotherapy at the New York Institute of Technology. Despite his academic qualifications and the happiness of helping children as a therapist, he knew that his dream still lay in comedy. Eventually, he gave up his already established profession to live his dream as a comedian.
Distefano started writing short comedy scripts and performing them at the local comedy club. To further refine his skills, he attended a weekly comedy class at the Gotham Comedy Club in 2008 and had his first open mic in 2009. He then hosted a series of events, including the 2010 SNY Network Fencing Champions, the 2011 Elite 8, and the 2012 Madness Comedy Competition in March at the Carolines Comedy Club on Broadway. He was also selected as a finalist at the 2011 NY Comedy Festival and appeared on the Comedy Central show Comics to Watch in 2012.
He was then hired by MTV and appeared on a number of their television shows, including Guy Code and Girl Code, Ain’t That America, Charlamagne & Friends. Since then, he has not looked back but has continued to develop his game.
Chris Distefano starred in the Carolines’ Breakout Artist Series and was also the headliner of his first national US tour in September 2015 with Monster Energy Outbreak Presents. Chris Distefano is a regular guest on the radio show, Opie, with Jim Norton and has a long association with Radio Sirius XM.
He has grown by leaps and bounds and has presented, co-hosted, and performed numerous shows. At Comic-Con, held in San Diego, California in 2013, he hosted a 90-minute performance, co-hosted the Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix and the MSG television show The Bracket. Chris has also collaborated with famous comics throughout his career, including Seth Meyers and David Letterman.
As an actor, he has appeared in the IFC series Benders and his web series The Bay Ridge Boys. In addition, he has a weekly show on Comedy Central, Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, in which he appears in each episode with various celebrities. The show premiered in June 2018. In addition to being an actor, he is the co-executive producer of the Sony/CBS television pilot, Distefano, which is based on his life. The work was written by the creators of the series How I Met Your Mother – Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Chris Distefano Wife/Girlfriend and Daughter
He spent four years with his fellow comedian Carly Aquilino before he quit in 2014. They met at an audition for Girl Code in 2010 and then performed together on set. During the time they met, they had many couple target moments, most of which were documented in their social media. Carly later dated Pete Davidson from SNL’s.
Shortly after their separation, speculation about Chris’s sexuality began to grow after he tweeted in November 2014 thanking all gay men who made him feel special. However, he suppressed the rumors about gay months later when he married Jazzy, a Zumba instructor, in February 2015. Nevertheless, Chris is a proud supporter of the LGBT community.
The couple welcomed their daughter Delilah on May 20, 2015.
He is happy to be a family man and feels happy and grateful to his family. His stand-up routines tend to focus more on his family life and personal experiences than on politics or business.
Facts about the Comedian
1. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall
2. Chris was one of two American announcers on Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster for Season 2, which was released on the streaming service on December 15, 2017.
3. He hosted the sports talk show Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave in 2014
4. Chris Distefano has performed his show outside of the USA. In 2013 he was a new face at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.