Chris at SXSW 2015
(m. 2006; div. 2010)
Christopher William D'Elia is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. He is known for playing Alex Miller on the NBC sitcom Whitney, Danny Burton on the NBC sitcom Undateable, Kenny on the ABC television series The Good Doctor and Henderson on the Netflix thriller series You.
D'Elia is the son of TV producer and director Bill D'Elia, and interior decorator Ellie D'Elia (née Dombroski). He has a younger brother, filmmaker/actor Matt D'Elia. His father is a second generation Italian-American, and his mother is of Polish and Italian descent.
He attended New York University and studied acting but dropped out after a year, because he did not like college. He then appeared in a movie that went straight to DVD. During his downtime as an actor he started writing scripts. When he was 25 he decided to do stand-up comedy, which he had always wanted to do.
D'Elia has been doing stand-up comedy since 2006. He considers himself to be a stand-up comedian who acts. He has been featured on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Comedy Central Presents, and Showtime's Live Nude Comedy. He was introduced to a broader audience as a regular on the series Glory Daze, which ran for one season on TBS, playing "the Oracle", William Stankowski. He was originally only cast for the pilot, but was made a series regular.
D'Elia was one of three hosts of the Ten Minute Podcast (from 2012 to 2015), along with Bryan Callen and Will Sasso. Since February 2017, he has hosted the weekly podcast Congratulations with Chris D'Elia, which has charted in the top 20 comedy podcasts in multiple countries. Listeners of the podcast are often referred to as 'Babies'. Other podcasts have been heavily influenced by his style, including The Fighter and the Kid, hosted by friend Bryan Callen and former MMA fighter turned E! host Brendan Schaub.
D'Elia also gained over 2 million followers on Vine.
On December 6, 2013, D'Elia's first one-hour stand-up special, White Male Black Comic, aired on Comedy Central. He has had three subsequent comedy specials: Incorrigible (2015), Man On Fire (2017) and No Pain (2020), all of which aired on Netflix. All four were directed by his father.
D'Elia had the lead role in the 2014-2016 NBC sitcom Undateable as Danny Burton, a ladies' man whose friends are all in one way or another "undateable". The show was executive produced by Bill Lawrence, and is a multi-camera sitcom with a live audience. The show often incorporated improvisation. The cast includes stand-up comics who were good friends before the show. In 2015, Bill Lawrence and the comics from the cast (D'Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman) went on a series of stand-up tour dates to promote the show.
On an April 2018 episode of his Congratulations podcast, D'Elia imitated rapper Eminem and made fun of Eminem's middle-aged fans, while conceding that Eminem was "one of the best rappers of all time". Positive reaction to that imitation led D'Elia to imitate Eminem's rapping again in videos he posted online in September 2018 (in his car) and January 2019 (in his garage). In February 2019, Eminem posted the garage video on his Twitter account, writing, "This is INCREDIBLE!!! 4 a second I actually thought it WAS me!!" The May 2019 single "Homicide" by Logic featuring Eminem then included an audio clip from the car video at the end of the song. D'Elia said that it was a "huge honor" to be included in the song, and that he did not ask for any royalties. D'Elia then had a substantial role in the music video for the song, released in June 2019, which had each rapper's part performed/lip-synced by someone else: Logic's part was performed by actor Chauncey Leopardi (in reference to a humorous internet meme that claimed that the two were the same person), Eminem's part was performed by D'Elia, and D'Elia's part was performed by Eminem, mimicking the appearance of D'Elia in the car video.
In 2006, D'Elia married actress Emily Montague. They divorced in 2010.
Although his characters in Whitney (Alex Miller) and Undateable (Danny Burton) are both portrayed as frequent drinkers, D'Elia has never consumed illicit drugs or alcohol.
In June 2020, D'Elia was accused of sexual harassment, grooming, and solicitation of nude photos by multiple underage girls. D'Elia denied the allegations, saying that he had neither "knowingly pursued any underage women at any point" nor "met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me."
Comedy Central removed the 2011 Workaholics episode "To Friend a Predator", which featured D'Elia as a child molester who befriends the main cast, from their website, Hulu, and Prime Video. Comedy Central also removed D'Elia's 2013 standup special White Male. Black Comic. from their website. Whitney Cummings, who co-starred with D'Elia on Whitney from 2011 to 2013, said that she was "devastated and enraged" by the allegations and that D'Elia exhibited "a pattern of predatory behavior […] enabled by silence." Creative Artists Agency dropped D’Elia due to the allegations. Penn Badgley, the star of You who worked with D'Elia during the show's second season, said that "the idea that a show like ours would indirectly, unwittingly be a haven for people who are abusive is disturbing." In August 2020, D'Elia who previously was cast and shot a role in Army of the Dead directed by Zack Snyder set to be distributed by Netflix was replaced by Tig Notaro, due to the allegations.
In early September 2020, CNN Entertainment reported that in 2011 D'Elia asked actress Megan Drust for a ride home from a Los Angeles restaurant. While in the car, D'Elia allegedly unzipped his pants and exposed himself and started to masturbate before Drust exited the vehicle, saying, "You're defiling my car". According to CNN, two of Durst's friends confirmed being told the story soon after the incident.
|2005||Bad Girls from Valley High||Gavin|
|2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||Snow White|
|2013||Funny: The Documentary||Himself||Documentary|
|2015||Flock of Dudes||Adam|
|2017||Band Aid||Uber Annoying|
|2017||The Female Brain||Charlie|
|TBA||Life in a Year||Phil||Post-production|
|1996–1997||Chicago Hope||Luke Sarison||Episodes: "Quiet Riot" and "Love on the Rocks"|
|2000||Get Real||Chuck||Episodes: "Choices" and "Absolution"|
|2004||Boston Legal||Kevin Quinlan||Episode: "An Eye for an Eye"|
|2005||American Dreams||Phil Toolin||Episode: "California Dreamin'"Episode:|
|2005||Monk||Cal Gefsky||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk"|
|2010–2011||Glory Daze||Bill Stankowski||Main role|
|2011||Workaholics||Topher||Episode: "To Friend a Predator"|
|2012||Sullivan & Son||Ryan Capps||Episode: "The Fifth Musketeer"|
|2013||White Male. Black Comic||Himself||Television special|
|2013–2016||Sanjay and Craig||Remington Tufflips||Recurring|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Adam||Recurring role|
|2014–2016||Undateable||Danny Burton||Lead role|
|2015||The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber||Himself||One night television special|
|2016||Rush Hour||Buddy||Episode: "Welcome Back, Carter"|
|Typical Rick||Lukee Sado||Episodes: "Schmooze You Lose" and "Unbroken Family"|
|Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Brent Morin vs. Chris D'Elia"|
|2017||The Great Indoors||Aaron Wolf||Episode: "Aaron Wolf"|
|Man On Fire||Himself||Television special|
|2017–2018||The Good Doctor||Kenny||Recurring|
|2019||Comedians of the World||Himself||Episode: "Chris D'Elia"|
|Huge in France||Himself||Recurring|
|You||Henderson||Recurring role (season 2)|
|2020||No Pain||Himself||Television special|
|2012–2016||Ten Minute Podcast||Himself||Podcast|
|2014–2017||The Joe Rogan Experience||Himself||Podcast|
|2016-present||The Fighter and The Kid||Himself||Podcast|
|2017–present||Congratulations with Chris D'Elia||Himself||Podcast|
|2018-present||This Past Weekend with Theo Von||Himself||Podcast|
|2020-present||The King and The Sting||Himself||Podcast|
- Comedy albums
|Such is Life|
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