It’s only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name…he’s unbelievably talented.
—Louie Anderson, The Tonight Show, Family Feud, Coming to America
I bring John on tour with me but he ain’t no opener, he’s got the goods. John Crist is the real deal.
—Tim Hawkins, YouTube sensation, legend
John Crist continues to gain momentum as one of America’s young rising stars of comedy. Crist’s style of edgy but clean comedy keeps him on the road for a whirlwind schedule of over 250 live shows per year.
When asked how he finds the inspiration to write jokes, Crist says, “Shoot, I grew up in the south. 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?!”
But how did this homeschooler with a journalism degree get his start in comedy?
“I started off as the announcement guy at my church after college. Of course, it became more about telling jokes than communicating actual information. Most of the time the pastor had to come out and apologize for me,” Crist admits with a laugh. “After that, it just snowballed. My first open mic night was in 2009. I got off stage and I thought it was the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life. I knew I had to do it again immediately.”
Crist’s youthful humor, quick wit, and unquestionable likeability (albeit occasional weirdness) have made him a crowd favorite in a diversity of locales from churches to universities and festivals to corporate Fortune 500 events.
“It’s a mixed bag, but whether it’s churches, comedy clubs, Christian or non-Christian events, I just like to make people laugh,” Crist explains. “Regardless, it’s all the same show.”
In addition to his stand-up routines, Crist has also found viral success online, hitting over 4 million views on Facebook and YouTube.