|Born||Christopher Paul Gethard
May 23, 1980
West Orange, New Jersey
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Writer|
Christopher Paul "Chris" Gethard (born May 23, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is the host of "The Chris Gethard Show", a public-access talkshow based out of New York City.
Life and career
Born Christopher Paul Gethard to parents Martha and Jeremy Gethard, Gethard is the author of Weird NY, a book detailing the ghost stories and urban legends of New York, and A Bad Idea I'm About to Do, a collection of stories from Gethard's life, which has been highlighted on This American Life. Previously, Gethard served as an editorial assistant for the popular Weird NJ and Weird US publications.
In addition to his books, Gethard is an improvisational actor who works largely out of Manhattan's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He is in the longform improvisation team The Stepfathers. He organizes a monthly show entitled "The Nights of Our Lives". He has also been part of the UCB Theater's national touring company. An early noted work was entitled Darryl, a one-man show where he portrayed troubled baseball player Darryl Strawberry.
Gethard was featured on Variety magazine's "Ten Comics to Watch in 2010" list.
Gethard has appeared in multiple CollegeHumor.com videos. He has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Hope and Faith, and Comedy Central's Crossballs. In April 2010, he was tapped as the lead, alongside Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell, in the Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake. In May 2012, during the collegehumor allnighter Gethard announced he would be opening a strawberry farm in upper New Jersey.
Gethard walked from Los Angeles to Bonnaroo relying only on the good will of others to help him. He has a series of YouTube videos that document his trip. The videos include trips in vans, driving a firetruck, and his associated crew shooting a bear with tranquilizers while Gethard humps the body of the limp grizzly.
He is an avid fan of The Smiths and has two tattoos related to the band—Morrissey's signature on his right shoulder (based on an actual signature he got in marker on his arm), and "It takes strength to be gentle and kind," a lyric from "I Know It's Over," on his right bicep.
- Rose, Lisa (2010-08-16). "New Jersey native Chris Gethard to star in 'Big Lake' on Comedy Central". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- "Nemeses". This American Life. 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Gethard, Chris (November 30, 2012). "This Charming Band". Slate. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
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