Chris Distefano learned, developed and nearly perfected the art of cracking a rib or two. The American comedian cum actor has taken the road less traveled, leaving a seemingly lucrative job of doing something that is almost considered irrational.

From juggling his job as a physiotherapist to finally deciding to be a clown, he has established himself in the comics industry and performs at almost every major club in the country with an impressive resume.

Age, early childhood and rise to fame

Chris Distefano was born on the 26th day of August 1984 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He was raised in an Italian-Irish Catholic family, the only son of his parents. Growing up, Chris always wanted to follow a career where he could make people happy. As a child, he was a huge fan of Jim Carrey and always impersonated him. Thus, comedy became his passion.

He attended St. Joseph’s College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then a doctorate in physical therapy from the New York Institute of Technology. Despite his academic qualifications and the joy he had of helping children as a therapist, he knew that his dream always rested on acting. Eventually, he gave up his already established profession to pursue his dream as an actor.


Distefano began by writing comedy shortscripts and performing the same at the local comedy club. To hone his skills, he took a weekly acting class at the Gotham Comedy Club in 2008, and in 2009 had his first open mic. Subsequently, he hosted numerous events, including the 2010 Fencing Masters on the SNY Network, 2011’s Elite 8, and the 2012 March Madness Comedy Contest at the Carolines Comedy Club on Broadway. Additionally, in 2011, he was selected as a New York Comedy Festival finalist and appeared on the Comics Central show, Comics to Watch, in 2012.

He was then hired by MTV and appeared on several TV shows including Code Guy and Girl Code, Ain’t That America, Charlamagne & Friends. Since then, he hasn’t looked back but has consistently stepped up his game.

Chris Distefano was the featured artist on the Carolinas’ Breakout Artist Series and his first nationwide US tour in September 2015 with Monster Energy Outbreak Presents. Chris is a regular guest on the Opie radio show with Jim Norton and a long-time contributor to Sirius XM radio.

Growing by leaps and bounds, he has hosted, co-hosted, and presented numerous acts. He presented a 90-minute number at the 2013 comic book convention, Comic Con held in San Diego, Calif., co-hosted the Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix and the MSG TV show, The Bracket. Chris has also collaborated with famous comics during his career, including Seth Meyers and David Letterman.

As an actor, you’ll find him in the IFC series, Benders as well as his web series, The Bay Ridge Boys. Also, he has a weekly show on Comedy Central, Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano where he hosts different celebrities on each episode. The show premiered in June 2018. Besides his role, he is a co-executive producer of the Sony/CBS television pilot based on his life and titled Distefano. 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 dated comedian Carly Aquilino for four years before announcing his quit in 2014. They met in 2010 while auditioning for Girl Code and appeared on set together afterwards. During their run, they had several goal-scoring moments, most of which were documented on their social media. Carly then met SNL’s Pete Davidson.

Shortly after their split, speculation was rife After sharing a tweet in November 2014, Chris was plagued by Chris’ sexuality. However, he quelled the gay rumors a few months later, in February 2015, when he married Jazzy, a Zumba instructor. Nonetheless, 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 lucky and grateful to his family. His standing routines usually focus on his home life and personal experiences rather than politics or economics.

Comedian Facts

1. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall.

2. Chris was one of two US announcers for Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster for Season 2 released on the streaming service on December 15, 2017.

3. He hosted the sports talk show, Off the MLB Fan Cave in 2014.

4. Chris Distefano has played his part outside of the United States. In 2013, he was a new face at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.