Chris D'Elia

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Chris D'Elia
Chris D'Elia.jpg
Chris at SXSW 2015
Born (1980-03-29) March 29, 1980 (age 39)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationLa Cañada High School
Alma materNew York University
  • Comedian
  • actor
  • podcaster
  • writer
Years active1996–present
Emily Montague (m. 2006–2010)
Parent(s)Bill D'Elia
Ellie D'Elia
RelativesMatt D'Elia (brother)

Christopher William D'Elia (born March 29, 1980) 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 sitcom Undateable, also on NBC; and Kenny on the ABC television series The Good Doctor. He has an upcoming role as Henderson in the Netflix thriller series You.

Early life[edit]

D'Elia was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of TV producer and director Bill D'Elia,[2] and interior decorator Ellie D'Elia (née Dombroski). He has a younger brother, filmmaker/actor Matt D'Elia. His father is first generation Italian-American.[3]

He was raised in Montclair, New Jersey until age twelve, when his family relocated to Los Angeles, California.[4] He graduated from La Cañada High School in 1998.[5]


D'Elia started acting in high school, and had some guest starring parts on Chicago Hope.[6]

He attended New York University and studied acting but dropped out after a year because he didn't like college.[6] 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 standup, which he had always wanted to do.[7]

D'Elia has been doing stand-up comedy since 2006.[4] He considers himself to be a standup comedian who acts.[7] 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,[8] 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.[7]

He co-starred in the NBC comedy series Whitney, opposite comedian Whitney Cummings, for two seasons.[8][9]

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.[citation needed] Listeners of the podcast are often time 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.[10]

D'Elia also gained over 2 million followers on Vine.

In January 2013, D'Elia released his debut parody rap album, as MC "Chank Smith", called Such Is Life (produced by Mr. Green).[11]

On December 6, 2013, D'Elia's first one-hour stand-up special, White Male Black Comic, aired on Comedy Central.[12] It was directed by his father.[13]

In May 2014, D'Elia was cast in the lead role of the NBC sitcom Undateable, which premiered on May 29, 2014,[14] executive produced by Bill Lawrence.[15] The show is a multi-camera sitcom with a live audience,[16] based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or Having Sex by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle.[17]

The show often incorporates improv, with D'Elia playing Oscar to Brent Morin's straight-man Felix à la The Odd Couple. The cast includes stand-up comics who were good friends before the show.[18][19][20]

In 2015, Bill Lawrence and the cast (D'Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches, and Rick Glassman) went on a series of stand-up tour dates to promote the show.[21][22]

In 2016, D'Elia headlined the Leafly 420 Comedy Tour show in Chicago with special guest Ron Funches.[23]

D'Elia jokingly calls his fanbase his "cult".[24]

In March 2019, it was announced that D'Elia had been cast in the recurring role of Henderson on the second season of the Netflix thriller series You.[25]

Personal life[edit]

D'Elia was raised Catholic.

In 2006, D'Elia married actress Emily Montague. They divorced in 2010. Despite the fact that his characters in Whitney (Alex Miller) and Undateable (Danny Burton) are both portrayed as frequent drinkers, D'Elia has never used drugs or alcohol.[26]

D'Elia lives in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles.[27]


D'Elia has cited Bryan Callen, Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy,[13][28] and Mitzi Shore[29] as major influences on his comedic career.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Almost Marc
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Gavin
2005 Crazylove Jake
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Snow White
2013 Funny: The Documentary Himself Documentary
2015 Flock of Dudes Adam
2016 XOXO[30] Neil
2017 Band Aid Uber Annoying
2017 The Female Brain Charlie
2017 Little Evil Wayne
2018 Half Magic Edward
2018 Life in a Year Phil


Year Title Role Notes
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"
2011–2013 Whitney Alex Miller Main role
2012 Sullivan & Son Ryan Capps Episode: "The Fifth Musketeer"
2013 White Male. Black Comic Himself Television special
2013–2016 Sanjay and Craig Remington Tufflips Voice; recurring role
2014 Jennifer Falls Adam Main role
2014–2016 Undateable Danny Burton Lead role
2015 Incorrigible Himself Television special
2016 Rush Hour Buddy Episode: "Welcome Back, Carter"
2016 Typical Rick Lukee Sado Episodes: "Schmooze You Lose" and "Unbroken Family"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Brent Morin vs. Chris D'Elia"
2017 The Great Indoors Aaron Wolf Episode: "Aaron Wolf"
2017 Man On Fire Himself Television special
2017–2018 The Good Doctor Kenny Recurring role (Season 1)
2018 Alone Together Dean Recurring role
2019 Comedians of the World Himself Episode: "Chris D'Elia"
2019 Huge in France Himself Recurring role
2019 You Henderson Recurring role (Season 2)[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2016 Ten Minute Podcast[31] Himself Podcast
2017–present Congratulations with Chris D'Elia Himself Podcast
Various years The Fighter and The Kid Himself Podcast
Various years The Joe Rogan Experience Himself Podcast


Comedy albums
Title Album details
Such is Life[32]


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  2. ^ Tomashoff, Craig (March 2013). "Like Father, Like Son". Emmy. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ Martin, Babara E. (Winter 2001). "Bill D' Elia: Hollywood Storyteller". WP: The Magazine of William Paterson University. Archived from the original on 30 December 2001. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Downs, Gordon (January 19, 2011). "Interview With Comedian Chris D'Elia". San Diego. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  5. ^ Cormaci, Carol (May 22, 2017). "La Cañada History: Comedian Chris D'Elia has role in LCHS production of 'The Pajama Game'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Gleib, Ben (July 11, 2012). "#034: Guest Chris D'Elia: "God Particle Testicle Fish"". Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib. Smodcast. Archived from the original (Audio interview/podcast) on April 27, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Lamoray, Lena (February 2, 2011). "Exclusive Interview Chris D'Elia, Chris plays STANKOWSKI in GLORY DAZE on TBS". Lena Lamoray. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Wiegand, David (21 September 2011). "'Whitney' review: Too much stand-up in sitcom". San Francisco Chronicle. p. E1. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Clements, Erin (November 15, 2012). "Whitney Cummings, Chris D'Elia Talk Dating Deal-Breakers, Go-To Excuses For HuffPost's #nofilter". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ The Fighter and The Kid (2017-06-05), The Fighter and The Kid - Episode 265: Chris D'Elia, retrieved 2018-03-24
  11. ^ Gutierrez, Juan (September 12, 2013). "Chris D'Elia's Loveably Clueless Rap Persona". LA Weekly. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Ortiz, Jen (December 2, 2013). "The GQ+A: Comedian Chris D'Elia on His Comedy Central Special and Getting Heckled by Drunk Girls". GQ. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  13. ^ a b King, Larry (6 December 2013). "Larry King Now: Alex Borstein & Chris D'Elia". Larry King Now. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  14. ^ Kasperowicz, Leslie (March 3, 2013). "Whitney's Chris D'Elia Joins NBC's Undateable Pilot". Cinemablend. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  15. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (May 28, 2014). "A Bunch of Friends? Yeah, Again: 'Undateable' Keeps a Sitcom Formula Alive". New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  16. ^ Steinberg, Lisa (May 23, 2014). "Interviews – TV: Chris D'Elia & Bill Lawrence – Undateable". Starry Constellation Magazine. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 20, 2013). "NBC's Bill Lawrence Comedy 'Undateable' Casts Lead". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  18. ^ Ray, Lincee (June 19, 2014). "5 reasons to watch 'Undateable'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  19. ^ Radish, Christina (July 6, 2014). "Brent Morin Talks 'Undateable,' Performing Stand-Up, His Weird Life Journey with Chris D'Elia, Being Funny on Camera, Singing on the Show, and More". Collider. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  20. ^ King, Larry (June 11, 2014). "The Cast of "Undateable"". Larry King Now. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  21. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (February 25, 2014). "Bill Lawrence and 'Undateable' Stars Hit the Road to Promote NBC Comedy 'Undateable'". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  22. ^ Lawrence, Bill (May 28, 2014). "The 'Undateable' Comedy Tour: How to Launch (or Not Launch) a TV Show in 2014". Grantland. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  23. ^ "Leafly Comedy Tour Chicago". Leafly Events. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  24. ^ "Chris D'elia Tweet about starting cult". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  25. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 5, 2019). "'You': Chris D'Elia To Recur In Series' Second Season On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  26. ^ Roots, Kimberly (November 12, 2012). "Whitney Season 2 Preview: Whitney Cummings on Alex's Issues, the Possible Patter of Little Feet". TV Line. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  27. ^ David, Mark (August 8, 2013). "Comedian Craig Ferguson Sells to Comic Chris D'Elia". Variety. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  28. ^ "I am comedian Chris D'Elia (from Workaholics and other things). Ask me anything. (self.IAmA)". Reddit. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  29. ^ Martin, Brittany (April 11, 2018). "What Comedy Store Owner Mitzi Shore Meant to Yakov Smirnoff, Chris D'Elia, and Comedy in L.A." Los Angeles Magazine.
  30. ^ "Hayley Kiyoko Of 'CSI: Cyber' Is Cast In 'XOXO', Netflix' Indie-Fest Feature Project". Hollywood Reporter. 8 August 2013.
  31. ^ "Last Night On @midnight: Will Sasso, Bryan Callen, Chris D'Elia". Nerdist. May 30, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  32. ^ "Chris D'elia AKA Chank Smith released his rap album...."Such is Life"". Duncan Trussell. 30 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2015-11-22. Retrieved 4 June 2011.

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