Adam Christing

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Adam Christing
Adam Christing Reagan Library.jpg
Born Los Angeles, California
Education Bachelor of Arts in Public Speaking
Alma mater Biola University[1]
Occupation Comedian[2]
Speaker/Master of Ceremonies[3]
Author[4]
Director
Known for Founder of Clean Comedians[2]
Home town La Mirada, California
Website
adamchristing.com

Adam Christing is an American comedian, author,[4] magician,[2] director, and motivational speaker,[3] from La Mirada, California. He is the founder and president of Clean Comedians, an organization composed of comedians, speakers, and entertainers who refrain from using objectionable material and profanity during their performances.[5] Christing has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including Entertainment Tonight, and NBC Nightly News.[4] He has also appeared in print publications like Fortune, USA Today, and The New York Times.[1]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Christing was born in Los Angeles, California and has lived in Southern California for much of his life.[6] He began performing magic tricks at the age of 9[4] and gained membership into Hollywood's Magic Castle at the age of 17.[1] He earned a bachelor's degree in public speaking from Biola University in Los Angeles,[1] and was named to the Biola University's Alumni Hall of Fame.[1][7]

In 1987, Christing was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times piece for successfully preventing a theft.[8] The genesis for Christing's idea for Clean Comedians is briefly profiled in the book, Life Is a Series of Presentations.[9]

Career[edit]

Christing founded Clean Comedians in 1990.[5] The compay nwas founded as a response to the rise in prominence of frequently profane comedians like Andrew Dice Clay and Howard Stern.[2] By 1992, the group consisted of around 20 entertainers, including impersonator and fellow Biola University alumnus, Steve Bridges.[5] Members of the group primarily performed (and continue to perform) for corporate events, association gatherings, religious groups, educational and fundraising events.[2][5]

Christing continued as the leader of Clean Comedians with success over the years.[10] He was able to capitalize on the "clean" and "funny" image by releasing two books: Comedy Comes Clean in 1996 and Comedy Comes Clean 2 in 1997, both published by Three Rivers Press.[4][11][12]

In 2005, Christing turned his attention to self-help and life coaching by selling Clean Comedians and founding TheMeaningOfLife.com[3] The website offered various "empowerment DVDs" and life coaching sessions designed to help people engage in a spiritual "life transformation."[13] The site also hosted a contest that awarded $10,000 to the entrant who could provide the "most profound" statement of the meaning of life in under 25 words.[3]

In 2008 Christing produced, wrote, and directed a mockumentary-style comedy film called Change Your Life!, starring Tony Plana.[1][14] In 2012, Christing returned to the helm of Clean Comedians.[15] The following year in 2013, he released Your Life Is A Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to AHA!, a humorous self-help book.[16]

Christing has been named among the top 5 “After-Dinner” speakers in the United States and was profiled in a cover story of The Funny Paper, a magazine that showcases wholesome performing artists.[6] Christing is often hired as a Master of Ceremonies for non-profit groups and companies like Johnson & Johnson, Choice Hotels, and The Ritz Carlton.[6] Since making “Change Your Life!”, Christing has written and directed a historical documentary and a number of identity and parody videos for companies like HP and Insperity. He has given over 4,000 live speeches and performances throughout his career.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wooding, Dan (4 August 2010). "Adam Christing—'Interactive Entertainer'—Is Dan Wooding's Special Guest On Tomorrow's His Channel Live". Continental News. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bravin, Jess (12 May 1992). "Clean Comedians Do Away With the Unspeakable : Stand-up: Their performance to benefit Garden Grove High School's drama department, however, fails to draw a big audience.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ross, Michael E. (2 March 2006). "Life's age-old mystery: What's it worth to you?". NBCNews.com. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Comedy comes clean with Adam Christing". The Gettysburg Times. 3 November 1999. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Leader, Jody (30 September 1992). "Good, Clean Fun". Chicago Tribune via Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Schick, Dennis. "Adam Christing - The Clean Comedian". The Funny Paper. 
  7. ^ Christing, Adam (5 March 2012). "Tribute to comedian and friend Steve Bridges". International Press Association. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Whittier: Magician's Public Spirit". Los Angeles Times. 8 January 1987. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Jeary, Tony; Kim Dower and J.E. Fishman (2005). Life Is a Series of Presentations: Eight Ways to Inspire, Inform, and Influence Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime. Touchstone Books. ISBN 978-0743269254. 
  10. ^ "FEATURE/Is Dirty Comedy Dead?; Entertainment Bureau CLEAN COMEDIANS Answers the Question With Ten Successful Years of Promoting Corporate-Friendly, Curse-Free Comedy.". Business Wire. 1 May 2000. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Comedy Comes Clean: A Hilarious Collection of Wholesome Jokes, Quotes, and One-Liners". www.amazon.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Comedy Comes Clean 2: Another Hilarious Collection of Wholesome Jokes, Quotes, and One-Liners". www.amazon.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Seekers of the meaning of life can log on to U.S. website". The Vancouver Sun (Canada.com). 21 March 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Change Your Life!". www.imdb.com. IMDb. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Olson, David (17 October 2012). "REGION: Keeping comedy clean". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Christing, Adam (2013). Your Life Is A Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to AHA!. Adam Christing. ISBN 9780989930314. 

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