Special Event: Christopher Titus
Christopher Titus never lies. The truth can be painful, but the truth is really funny. Employing what he calls “hard funny,” Titus has released three ninety-minute comedy albums and starred in four one-hour comedy specials for Comedy Central.
After years of experimentation with dark and personal storytelling, Titus debuted his first one-man show, “Norman Rockwell is Bleeding,” at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. It was from this performance that the FOX sitcom “Titus” was born. Titus produced, co-wrote and starred in the show, and it earned him a Writer’s Guild nomination as well as an Emmy nomination. Newsday called him “TV’s most original voice since Seinfeld.”
Christopher Titus has the unique ability to turn dysfunctional family dynamics into a badge of honor. In “Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding,” Titus introduced us to his beer-guzzling, “slightly abusive” father and his manic-depressive mother. Titus’ second one-man show, “The Fifth Annual End of the World Tour,” was released in 2007 to rave reviews. In the show, Titus addresses everything from the Iraq war, raising children in a post-911 world, racism, and pedophilia to his father’s unconventional funeral. Titus’ third show, “Love Is Evol,” delved into tortured relationships, accusations of domestic violence, child custody and plastic surgery. Christopher Titus’ “Neverlution” premiered in 2011 on Comedy Central. In it, Titus declared that it’s time to take our country back, namely from our overindulged children, corrupt politicians, prescription drugs and disconnective technology.
In addition to his one-man shows, Titus shone in 2007 as the lovable character Brody in the primetime ABC series “Big Shots.” He can be seen in the films “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” “Scar” and “Remarkable Power.”
Titus hosts the “never unbiased, always unbalanced” podcast “The Combustion Lounge.”
Christopher Titus is raw, real and most of all, funny. His honesty about his own life gives a voice to the human experience of every person in the audience. To watch one of his shows is to know his world. Everyone walks out of a Christopher Titus show knowing him and loving him.
Hitting the comedy club stage at nineteen is not the best way to succeed in life. Every turn has to work or you end up on an off ramp holding a “Will work for food” Sign. Christopher Titus never stopped working at bringing the funny. In the twenty years he has performed he has headlined comedy clubs around the country, written, starred and executive produced a hit TV show, and is one of the few comics ever to have a ninety minute comedy special air on two different networks. Christopher Titus has never shied away from subject matter. In his first stand up show,”Norman Rockwell is bleeding” he destroyed the Hallmark card definition of family and brought it into a real place. The material included in the show covers everything from his mother's mental illness to his father's alcoholism to his ex-girlfriend that used to punch him in the face along with his mother shooting and killing her last husband. Yes, it's funny as hell and can make you shake your head at the same time. “Hard funny is what I go for” Titus says, “It's the kind of joke where you laugh first because you cant help it then you look around to make sure it's OK to laugh.