Chris Distefano

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Chris Distefano
PseudonymChrissy D
BornBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
MediumComedy, Podcast, television
Alma materSt. Joseph's College (BA)
New York Institute of Technology (DPT)
Years active2009–present
EmployerLevity Talent
Subject(s)Observational Humor
Notable works and rolesGuy Code
Girl Code
Hey Babe! Pod
History Hyenas
WebsiteOfficial website

Chris Distefano is an American comedian. Primarily a stand-up comedian, Distefano began his career in entertainment on MTV and MTV2's shows Guy Code and Girl Code. His first hour-long stand-up special Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist was released in 2019 by Comedy Central. He co-hosted the podcast History Hyenas with Yannis Pappas and currently hosts Hey Babe with Sal Vulcano along with Chris Distefano Presents: Chrissy Chaos.

Early life[edit]

Christopher Paul Anthony Distefano, who is of predominantly German descent[1] (also some Italian and Irish),[2][3] grew up in Ridgewood, Queens, and attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens.[4][5] He then attended St. Joseph's College where he studied psychology and played basketball; he graduated in 2006.[6] Distefano earned a doctorate in physical therapy from New York Institute of Technology in 2010.[7][8] He went on to practice pediatric physical therapy until 2013 when he began pursuing his career in comedy full-time.[9]

Career[edit]

Distefano began performing stand up in August 2009.[3][9] Distefano hosted the 2010 Fencing Masters on the SNY network & Elite 8 of the 2011 and 2012 March Madness Comedy Competition at the comedy club Carolines on Broadway. He was selected to headline Carolines Breakout Artist Series and was selected as a finalist in the 2011 NY Comedy Festival. Besides Carolines, he also performed standup at venues including Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and the Laugh Lounge.[10]

In 2012, Distefano joined the cast MTV's Guy Code, which was in its second season. The following year he also joined the cast of Girl Code.[11] He would also go on to appear in episodes of other MTV shows like Guy Court, Guy Code vs. Girl Code, Off the Bat, and The Challenge.[3] Distefano was a frequent guest on the Opie with Jim Norton show during this time. In 2014, his first half-hour special was released as part of Comedy Central's The Half Hour.[3]

Distefano headlined his first national U.S. tour in September 2015 with Monster Energy Outbreak Presents. He also co-starred in the 2015 IFC series Benders with Andrew Schulz.[12] He was one of two American announcers on Season 2 of Netflix's Ultimate Beastmaster, which was released on the streaming service on December 15, 2017. During this period, Distefano took part in seven television pilots which did not get picked up, including a CBS-produced show based on his own life called Distefano.[9]

He regularly performs and tours, and in January 2019 Distefano's first hour standup special Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist premiered on Comedy Central. The special was part of an overall deal he made with Comedy Central in December 2018, which includes the series Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, and at least two series in development.[13] This also includes his weekly podcast Stand-Up with Chris Distefano, launched April 2019.[14]

Distefano also co-stars in the web series Bay Ridge Boys alongside fellow comic Yannis Pappas. Also with Pappas, he co-hosts the weekly history podcast History Hyenas which was launched in February 2018.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Distefano dated comedian Carly Aquilino from 2010 to 2014.[15] Distefano has two children, including his daughter named Delilah, born May 2015.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2012-15 Guy Code Himself From season 2 on
2013-15 Girl Code Himself
2013 Guy Code Honors Himself TV special from 2013 Comic-Con
2013 Ain't That America Himself Co-host alongside Lil Duval.
2013 Charlemagne & Friends Himself VMA pre-party on MTV
2013 Guy Court Himself
2013 The Bracket Himself Co-host alongside Yannis Pappas
2014 Off The Bat From The MLB Fan Cave Himself Co-host alongside Melanie Iglesias
2015 Benders Anthony Pucello 8 episodes
2017 Ultimate Beastmaster Himself Co-host alongside Tiki Barber (season 2)
2017 Distefano Chris Unaired CBS pilot
2019 Ode to Joy Staten Island Meathead
2021 Backyard Bar Wars (TV Series) Himself Host

Discography[edit]

Comedy specials

  • Size 38 Waist (2019)

Podcasts

  • History Hyenas with Yannis Pappas (2018–2021)
  • Stand-Up with Chris Distefano (2019)[17]
  • Hey Babe! with Sal Vulcano (2020–present)
  • Chrissy Chaos (2021–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry: Chris, who identified as a proud Italian, has recently found out his family lineage is mostly German, Keith and The Girl, 20 February 2019
  2. ^ "I am as white as toilet paper (Italian, Irish and German)", Chron, March 14, 2018
  3. ^ a b c d Soren, Emma (2014-06-02). "Chris Distefano on the Insane Workload of a Comedian and His Comedy Central Half Hour". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  4. ^ Chris Distefano - Gentrification (Stand up Comedy), retrieved 2019-09-18
  5. ^ "Chris Distefano on Instagram: "Me and my life partner @yannispappas have a WILD podcast called the @historyhyenas ! Take a listen. Take a peek. Why not?! We are doing…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  6. ^ "Chris Distefano '06". St. Joseph's College Brooklyn. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  7. ^ http://www.nyit.edu/images/uploads/2013/alumni/NYIT_Vol12No2_Digital_5-19.pdf[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "NYIT Magazine Winter 2017".
  9. ^ a b c King, Scott. "Chris Distefano's Comedy Central deal could be a game changer". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  10. ^ "Chris DiStefano (MTV's Guy Code) - January 27th 9:00PM". Fairfield Comedy Club. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  11. ^ a b "Chris Distefano". gothamcomedyclub.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  12. ^ "Enjoy the new teaser from IFC's upcoming hockey comedy "Benders" starring Chris Distefano and Andrew Schulz". The Laugh Button. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-12-06). "Chris Distefano Inks Overall Deal With Comedy Central". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  14. ^ "COMEDY CENTRAL ADDS TWO NEW ENTRIES TO GLOBAL PODCAST..." Comedy Central Press. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  15. ^ Donnelly, Matthew Scott (2013-09-17). "Chris Distefano Celebrates Moving in with 'GIRL CODE' Girlfriend Carly Aquilino by Passing Out on Her D". MTV News. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  16. ^ Jim Norton and Sam Roberts, July 9, 2019, SiriusXM
  17. ^ "COMEDY CENTRAL ADDS TWO NEW ENTRIES TO GLOBAL PODCAST..." Comedy Central Press. Retrieved 2021-03-05.

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