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Chris D'Elia

Chris D'Elia was 16 the first time he performed stand-up comedy. He would act up in church, so the pastor told him that he could do some time on stage afterwards if he behaved himself. Well, he didn't behave, but was still allowed to get on stage in front of everyone.

Although his church performance was a success, it would be years before D'Elia actually started a career in stand-up comedy. East-Coast-born, West-Coast-raised, Chris found himself in Los Angeles, on-stage anywhere he could get up -- from local coffee shops to various hole-in-the-wall dive bars. Performing every night of the week, he quickly became a regular at all the clubs in Hollywood. Chris' silly, physical humor is what sets him apart from other comedians. Chris explains, "I never really feel like just standing there and telling jokes. I wanna move around. In fact, it's hard for me to write a joke where I don't end up on the ground for some reason. Hey, at least that way I know no comics will steal my shit. Too many bruises."

His comedy has an emphasis on characters, maybe because of his background in acting. Chris has guest starred on such shows as "Monk," "Boston Legal," the TBS series "Glory Daze," among others.

Chris has toured the United States with fellow comedian Jo Koy, and in opened on the road for Carlos Mencia. You can watch Chris's act on Showtime's "Live Nude Comedy" and Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham."

Chris performed a half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special and can currently be seen co-starring in the NBC sitcom "Whitney."

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