Adam Christing

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Adam Christing
Born (1964-02-28) February 28, 1964 (age 50)
Inglewood, California

Adam Christing (born on February 28, 1964) is an American speaker, author, comedian, magician and filmmaker. He is also an event and video producer for corporations including HP, Insperity, and Disney. Christing is the founder of CleanComedians.com, an entertainment and speakers bureau that provides meeting and event planners with entertainers and speakers who do not use foul language or sexual innuendos in their presentations. Christing says that CleanComedians.com proves that "It doesn't have to be filthy to be funny!" Christing is the author of the forthcoming book Your Life is a JOKE: How to Laugh for a Change.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

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Adam Christing was born in Inglewood, California.

Baffled by the magic tricks his uncle showed him as a child, Christing bought a "finger chopper" illusion on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco when he was nine. Soon after, he started performing magic shows for friends and family.

In 1981, 17-year-old Christing became a Junior Member of the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, where he performed comedy-magic shows for various audiences.[1]

He received a degree in public speaking in 1986 from Biola University in California. He was later named to the university's Alumni Hall of Fame.[2]

Christing has been featured on more than 100 radio and TV shows including Entertainment Tonight, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, FOX News, and NPR.

Performing career[edit]

Christing became a professional comedian soon after graduating from college. He has given live performances for over 3,000 separate audiences in 47 of the 50 U.S. States and has performed in Canada, the Bahamas, Bermuda, China and other countries. He has been ranked among the top 5 after-dinner speakers in North America.

He studied improvisation comedy with Sandy Holt of the famed Second City in Chicago.

Christing combines his magic with interactive comedy, one-liners and ad-libbed humor involving audience members on stage.[3]

In the summer of 2008, he was one of the headline comedians for the Great American Comedy Festival honoring Johnny Carson in Norfolk, Nebraska.[4]

Christing has given speeches or comedy performances in hundreds of different settings including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Reagan Library, Stanford University, Saddleback Church, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Ritz Carlton properties, and many others.

Entrepreneur[edit]

1990-2005: Adam Christing began an organization called "Clean Comedians" in 1990.

The “Clean Comedians” roster features dozens of curse-free comedians and variety acts that Christing booked into hundreds of events each year with the money-back guarantee: "If it isn't funny, we'll refund your money!" [5]

In 1996-1997, Random House published Christing's book COMEDY COMES CLEAN: A Hilarious Collection of Wholesome Jokes, Quotes, and One-Liners.

A number of performers who started with Christing went on to make a splash in various entertainment outlets. Steve Bridges became America's number one George W. Bush impersonator as "Mr. President." Scott Derrickson, who put himself through film school doing gigs for "Clean Comedians" became a film director (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still).

In 2005, Christing sold the Clean Comedians bureau to businessman Corey Ford.

2006–Present: Christing created a website for spiritual seekers called www.themeaningoflife.com to pursue his lifelong interest in philosophy and religion. To launch the site, he offered a prize of $10,000 for the best answer to the question, "What is the meaning of life?" The site and contest made news at MSNBC.com, and many people submitted thought-provoking entries.[6]

In 2009 Christing released his "mockumentary" film Change Your Life! which spoofs multi-level marketing and get-rich-quick schemes.

In 2011 He produced the historical documentary A Mormon President about the assassination of presidential candidate Joseph Smith.

In the summer of 2012, Christing re-acquired CleanComedians.com. One comedian commented, "Adam Christing is like Steve Jobs returning to Apple...except he doesn't have cancer or billions of dollars."

Seminar Leader[edit]

Hollywood publicist Michael Levine once approached Christing after a seminar Christing was teaching for performers and speakers about how to get booked. Levine told him, "Adam, at your core, you are a teacher."

The response to these how-to-get-booked workshops led Christing to create several home study courses for performers.

In 2008, Christing launched a new seminar and coaching business called Getting the Gigs. This home-study course teaches speakers and entertainers how to get paid to give live presentations.[7]

Films[edit]

Christing launched a film company called Creek Park Pictures with the goal of "engaging ideas on screen" in 2007.

Christing teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Patrick Shen, to co-direct the independent feature film, Change Your Life! (2009).[8] Written by Christing and Brian Godawa, Change Your Life! is a comedy mockumentary about multi-level marketing and America's obsession with get-rich-quick schemes. The film stars Tony Plana from NBC's Ugly Betty and is narrated by Christing.[9]

With America experiencing what Christing calls a "Mormon focus moment", his Creek Park Pictures is in production on a historical documentary called A Mormon President: Joseph Smith and the Mormon Quest for the White House. Christing interviewed many of the top Mormon and anti-Mormon experts in America. He shot the film in Independence, Missouri and Nauvoo, Illinois where the Latter Day Saints gave him unprecedented access to key locations connected to Joseph Smith's life and death. (Christing is not Mormon, but is a member of the Mormon History Association).[10]

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