Since the age of 26, Chris White has been regarded (by Chris White) as an insanely talented and completely non-famous stand-up comedian. Some career highlights:
2002: First open mic
2004: First comedy album recorded, left day job to be traveling comedian
2005 or so: Appeared on "Last Comic Standing" for 90 seconds
2007: Did a show at a pool hall in Paducah, Ky.
2011: Second comedy album recorded, returned to day job in defiant, artistically brave commentary on the exploitive nature of the entertainment industry
2014: Started working at the DC Improv comedy club on the business side of the the industry, while only mildy compromising his status as an avant garde prophet of the future of comedy.
Chris has been a part of comedy festivals in Las Vegas, Seattle, Asheville and D.C. His clips have been featured on satellite radio, he once wrote a one-hour comedy show about the U.S. presidents, and he stalled a crowd for 20 minutes in Philadelphia until Paul Mooney showed up. You can sometimes catch him performing around the Washington, D.C., area. He also organizes events for the DC Improv, including Comedy Kumite stand-up tournaments, Make Up Party creative challenges, and Pun DMV competitions.
You can see Chris hosting events at the DC Improv and (sometimes) at open mics around town.
Album: I Take Requests (2011)
In 2006 I started taking requests: friends, family and strangers have challenged me to joke about 24 different topics. For every challenge, I gave myself a few weeks, then debuted the results in front of a live audience. Some suggestions were thoughtful, some were strange and some were cruel, but from Phil Collins to quadratic equations, they're all wrapped into this 67-minute album.
This show was recorded at the DC Improv Lounge on 6/18/11, with the aid of Matt Martin Audio. The album art is by my brother, Dave White. The album is currently available through iTunes, CD Baby or Amazon.com.
Fun science facts, the truth about freckles, strange but true karate stories ... it's all on the first album from Chris White. Recorded in July 2004, "Forbidden Style" represents two years of work from one of Washington DC's comedy stars. Find out why the Boston Globe calls Chris a "hidden gem," and why Chris White calls Chris White "creative, smart ... the greatest human being who ever lived, including Dr. J."
That's 15 tracks (43 minutes) featuring the best of the early years, including maybe the best joke I'll ever write. (It's about freckles.) The physical CD features great artwork by my brother Dave and a chili recipe, but there are limited supplies at this point. If that's the way you want to go, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or catch me at a comedy club.
If you're more into digital distribution, we've got you covered through iTunes, Amazon.com or Cdbaby.com.