Chris Distefano

Comedian Chris Distefano got his first inkling to become a performer when he was growing up as an only child in Brooklyn, New York. A self described "weird kid," Distefano depended on his imagination to keep him entertained. He would go on to study psychology at St. Joseph's College and physical therapy at the New York Institute of Technology, and he worked as a pediatric physical therapist after graduating. Then in 2008, he signed up for a stand-up comedy class at Gotham Comedy Club. The following year, he began pursuing a comedy career, performing live almost every night. By 2012, Comedy Central was naming Distefano one of their "Comics to Watch," and by 2013, he had landed a gig hosting the MTV2 comedy series "Guy Code" (MTV2, 2011-2015). The children he was treating during his day job as a physical therapist began recognizing him from his appearances on TV. The following year, he landed his first half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central, opening him up to an even wider audience of comedy fans. In 2015, Distefano joined the cast of the hockey-themed sports comedy series "Benders" (IFC, 2015-). He remained active in the stand-up scene, performing at New York venues like at Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines on Broadway, and The Comedy Cellar.