John Crist (comedian)

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John Crist
Birth nameJohn Barak Crist
GenresChristian comedy, sketch comedy, Observational comedy
Subject(s)Christianity, Millennials, consumerism, family

John Crist is an American Christian comedian from Lilburn, Georgia.[1] Crist is best known for his YouTube sketches, Millennial International, 7 Signs You Grew Up Christian, and Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot, which collectively have amassed over one billion views.[2][3] John's comedy often focuses on Christian subculture. He occasionally uses his comedy to critique problems he sees in the Christian church.[3][4] Crist has said of his comedic inspiration: "Shoot, I grew up in Georgia. My dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight homeschooled children. Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?"[4] Crist has opened for Jeff Foxworthy, Dave Chappelle, Seth Meyers, Tim Hawkins, and Anjelah Johnson.[5]

Early life[edit]

Crist grew up in the South with seven siblings. His father was a pastor and, as a child, Crist was deeply entrenched in all aspects of Christian culture.[6] His first job was at the Georgia-based Chick-fil-A restaurant chain but, in an early reflection of his off-beat sense of humor, he was fired for using his hand to stir the lemonade.[6]

Crist attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Journalism.[7] After graduation, John moved to Colorado and in 2009, he began performing at open mic nights and local comedy clubs, as well as churches, restaurants, and casinos.[8] In 2009, Crist made his first national comedy debut with an appearance on Louie Anderson’s Las Vegas Comedy Show Larger Than Life.[9]


In 2012, Crist won The Denver Improv’s Got Laughs Competition, The Loonees Comedy Competition,[10] and also appeared as a finalist on Comedy Central's Up Next Comedy Competition.[9]

In 2014, Crist appeared on Louie Anderson's episode of Gotham Comedy Live, which aired on AXS TV.[11] Anderson, said of Crist: “It’s only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name. He is so likable, and his stand-up is top notch."[9] Later that year, in an effort to grow his career, John moved to LA.[12]

In late 2015, John released his first comedy special on DVD, I Got Questions.[13] Then, in the summer of 2016, he developed a three-minute video that changed his life’s trajectory. The video, a comedy sketch called Christian Music: How It’s Made, was written by Crist and produced by Aaron Chewning. In it, the pair starred as two record executives telling a new Christian band how to make it big in the music business.[14] The video went viral[3] and has over two million views on YouTube.[14] His most popular sketches include Millennial International, Every Parent at Disney, and Christian Mingle Inspector.[15] In addition to Chewning, Crist frequently collaborates with fellow Christian comedian and musician Trey Kennedy.[16]

In fall 2017, John sold out his first headlining tour, Captive Thoughts, which spanned 20 East Coast cities.[11] In summer 2018, John moved to Nashville, TN and signed with United Talent Agency.[11] Later that year, he participated in Winter Jam, an annual Christian music tour and launched his second headlining tour, Human Being Tour, which included 55 cities across the states.[1] Crist’s live performances have earned him “breakthrough” status and the 28th spot on Pollstar, an organization that tracks box-office activity.[17] On May 19, 2019, John Crist, DJ Mykael V, nobigdyl., and 1K Phew released a new rap single and music video based on Crist's regularly used phrase, Check Your Heart.[18]

Crist is at work on his first book, which will be published by WaterBrook, an imprint of Random House in 2020.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2019, during an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, country singer Lauren Alaina announced that they had been dating for a few months.[4][19][20] They met after she sent him a message on Instagram in response to one of his videos, and bonded over the fact that they are both from Georgia.[5]

Crist is a Christian.[21] He lives in Nashville, Tennessee[3] and is a fan of country music.


  • Don't Go Chasing Water Falls Tour (2014)
  • I Got Questions Tour (2016)
  • Captive Thoughts (2017)
  • The Human Being Tour (2018-2019)
  • Up Close (2019)


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Sounds on 29th Himself TV Series
2014 Gotham Comedy Live Himself TV Series Documentary
2015 Road Hard Himself Film
2015 I Got Questions Himself Video
2016 Weekday Wrap-Up Co-Host, Writer 1 Episode
2019 Fox and Friends Himself - Christian Comedian 1 Episode
2019 TBD Himself TV Special


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  2. ^, TONY NOCHIM |. "CHECK YOUR HEART: Comedian John Crist coming to Southeast April 11". The Southeast Outlook. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Paulson, Dave. "John Crist: A Christian comedian who's gently poking fun at faith". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Johnson, Abbi. "Jeff Foxworthy & John Crist Coming to the VBC". Tennessee Valley Weekend. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Liscomb, Meghan. "John Crist: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Parke, Caleb. "Christian comedian John Crist got fired from Chick-fil-A for doing this". Fox News. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Alumni - Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies". Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "John Crist Tickets". Excite Events. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Cuss Free Comedy: John Crist". Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "John Crist - Christian Comedian - Up and Coming Stand-Up Comic". Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "UTA Signs Christian Comedian John Crist (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Catala, Paul. "Comedians John Crist, Mike Williams bring risible religion to Polk Theatre". The Ledger. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Staff, Interrobang (January 12, 2016). "The Struggle and the Upside of Being a "Christian Comic" in 2016". The Interrobang. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  14. ^ a b johnbcrist (August 16, 2016), HOW IT'S MADE: Christian Music, retrieved May 24, 2019
  15. ^ a b "Stand-Up Comedian John Crist Publishing First Book in Spring 2020". WaterBrook & Multnomah. February 6, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "John Crist Throws Funny Jokes With Trey Kennedy About Bible Characters Engaged In The New Technology". Crossmap. February 2, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Live 75 Analysis: Luis Miguel, Twenty One Pilots, John Crist, Aaron Lewis". Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "John Crist Releases 'Check Your Heart' Music Video". CCM Magizine. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Blynn, Jamie. "Lauren Alaina Is Dating Comedian John Crist 4 Months After Ending Engagement". E! News. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  20. ^ Chiu, Melody; Michaud, Sarah. "Lauren Alaina Dating Comedian John Crist 4 Months After Ending Engagement". People. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  21. ^ Showalter, Brandon. "Comedian John Crist: Pastors not responsible for consumerism in churches, members are". The Christian Post. Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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