• Christopher Paul Anthony 'Chris' Distefano is a prominent American stand-up comedian and actor.
• He was born in Brooklyn, New York City in 1984 and is of German, Italian and Irish descent.
• He started performing stand-up in 2009 and has since featured in various MTV shows and hosted the game show "Ultimate Beastmaster".
• He released his one-hour long comedy special “Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist” in 2019, and his second special “Speshy Weshy” in 2022.
• His net worth is estimated to be more than $3 million.
Chris Distefano Wiki
Comedian Christopher Paul Anthony ‘Chris’ Distefano rose to prominence with his debut one-hour-long special “Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist”, released by Comedy Central on 8 January 2019. However, long before that, he began performing stand-up and was a finalist at the New York City Comedy Festival, USA in 2011.
Concurrently with his stand-up, Chris launched his acting career and is perhaps known best for his role as Anthony in the series “Benders”, also starring Andrew Schulz and Lindsey Broad.
Early life, parents, and education
Chris was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo, on 26 August 1984, in Brooklyn, New York City; he holds American nationality, although he comes from a family of German, Italian and Irish descent. Chris grew up in Ridgewood, near Queens, New York, and was raised by both of his parents until they divorced.
His father, Tony was involved with the Italian mafia, and was often in jail when Chris was a child. In one of his stand up performances, he spoke about his father, saying that he was a criminal but Chris didn’t realize that until he was older.
Chris’ mother Donna prefers to keep her life away from the media’s attention, and there is nothing known about her except that she later remarried. According to Chris, they were both very present in his life during his upbringing.
When it comes to Chris’ educational background, he attended Archbishop Molloy High School, and upon matriculating in 2002, enrolled at Saint Joseph’s College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006.
Chris continued his education by enrolling at New York Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a doctorate in physical therapy in 2010. Next, Chris went on to practice pediatric physical therapy, but in 2013 decided that comedy would be his full-time career.
Career as a stand-up comedian
Chris began performing stand-up at the comedy club Carolines on Broadway, New York, in 2009. He also performed at Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Comedy Cellar, Laugh Lounge, and New York Comedy Club.
In 2012, Chris joined the cast of “Guy Code”, a Music Television (MTV) reality comedy series that featured various athletes, pop-culture entertainers, comedians and experts who would tell the stories of the special code of conduct that exists between straight men.
Chris also made an appearance in other MTV shows, including “Guy Code vs. Girl Code”, “Guy Court”, and “The Challenge”. In 2013, he was a guest on “Late Night with David Letterman”.
Chris hosted the “Ultimate Beastmaster” game show in 2017, in which 18 contestants from six countries competed for cash prizes by overcoming difficult obstacles.
Chris began touring and performing all over the world after Comedy Central aired his comedy special in 2019. His debut performance at the Beacon Theatre, a famous Broadway entertainment venue, was sold out in record time in February 2022. His first two performances at the Gramercy Theatre in March 2022 were also sold out.
His second special, entitled “Speshy Weshy” premiered on Netflix in May 2022.
Chris made his acting debut in the 2010 short movie “Is This Thing On”, an hilarious story about a struggling comedian Paul, and a struggling writer Lou, who when they are together struggle even more. Although the movie had no nominations, it was well-rated by the audience.
In the following year, Chris was seen in an episode of the series “Celebrity Close Calls”, then followed with his role as Tommy Jordano in the 2013 short comedy “Staten Island Truffle Hunter”, which he co-wrote with Zach Drummer.
Next, he was seen in the 2014 short drama “Breaking In”, also starring Paul Bomba and Kareem Farmer.
As mentioned, Chris starred in the 2015 comedy series “Benders”, which followed the story of a group of friends irrationally obsessed with their favorite ice hockey team.
Two years later, Chris starred and co-produced the TV movie “Distefano”, a comedy about two newlyweds, one Italian and the other Puerto Rican, raising their baby girl and trying to merge their loud families together – the movie was actually based on Chris’ life story.
In 2019, Chris had a small part in the romantic comedy “Ode to Joy”, starring Martin Freeman, Jake Lacy, and Morena Baccarin, which was inspired by the story “This American Life” about a man who has a neurological disorder which makes him faint every time he experiences a strong emotion. The movie won Sedona International Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film Comedy.
Most recently, Chris was seen guest starring in “That Damn Michael Che” (2021) and “Life & Beth” (2022).
Wife and children
Chris hasn’t been the subject of any affairs or controversies concerning his sexual orientation and his love life, although he’s mostly kept it secret. It’s known that from 2010 until 2014 he dated his fellow comedian, Carly Aquilino, whom he met during the shooting of “Guy Code”.
When the two separated, Chris began dating his future wife, Jazzy Canuelas, a Zumba and fitness instructor. She was born on 17 April 1984, which as of 2022, makes her age 38. She’s a Brooklyn native too, and comes from a family of Puerto Rican descent. The two met in 2013, but since at that time Chris was in a relationship, Jazzy decided to keep silent about her feelings.
Subsequently they began dating, and on 13 February 2015, they exchanged their wedding vows. In May of that same year, Jazzy gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Delilah, and their second daughter, Violette Luna, was born in June 2021.
As of October 2022, the family of four resides in their home in Brooklyn.
Although his path was difficult at times, and he admits that he considered quitting, his decision to devote himself to comedy appears to have been correct.
Chris Distefano, a 38-year-old comedian, and actor, has amassed a sizable fortune as a result of his talent and determination to succeed. According to sources, his net worth is estimated to be more than $3 million, as of October 2022.