Chris D’Elia was born on March 29, 1980 in Montclair, New Jersey. Son of TV producer and director Bill D’Elia and interior decorator Ellie D’Elia. At the age of 12, his family moved to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from the Cañada High School, in 1998. D’Elia started acting in high school and even obtained some guest roles on “Chicago Hope”, during his time in school. He continued his acting pursuits by attending NYU, until dropping out after a year of school. He continued to go out and audition for acting roles, while writing scripts during his time between jobs. In 2006, at the age of 25, D’Elia started doing stand up. He began to develop a following years later when he received a main role on the show, “Glory Days”, in 2010. Three years later, he released his first hour standup special, “White Male, Black Comic”, which was directed by his father. Since then, D’Elia has released two more specials, has been featured in multiple television shows and films, including NBC's, “Whitney” and “Undateable”, all the while continuing to tour around the country with his standup.
This week, Kaizen Komedy looks at the versatile Chris D’Elia. D’Elia has an immediate likability that very few comics can match, which perfectly complements his very authentic-feeling conversational style. The way he laughs at his own material and jumps around from thought to thought gives his work the illusion of a stream of consciousness, but with closer attention you're able to see the underlying structure of many of his jokes. This combined with his natural ability to interact with the audience, makes him one of the most well-rounded comics Kaizen Komedy has looked at that thus far.
Bits analyzed: Gangster , Crowd work -Night Shorts, Drunk girl.
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