John Crist is one of today’s fast-rising stand-up comics, with more than one billion video views online, more than four million social media followers and sold-out shows from coast to coast.
Widely known for viral videos like “Millennial International,” “Honest Football Coach” and “Lady with a Bible Verse For Every Situation”, Crist has seen tremendous success on the road and has shared the stage with comedy legends like Dave Chappelle, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Meyers, Larry the Cable Guy, Trevor Noah, Dana Carvey, Adam Carolla, Chris D’Elia, Anjelah Johnson, Tim Hawkins, and Louie Anderson. Anderson says of Crist, “It’s only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name. He is so likable and his stand-up is top notch.”
This year, Crist made Pollstar’s Top 100 Tours Globally list, with over 197,000 tickets sold for his “Human Being Tour.” The top 100 List is based on attendance and gross sales. He held the designation for four consecutive weeks, charting as high as #28.
Crist is preparing to release his first hour-long comedy special, “I Ain’t Prayin’ For That” with Netflix on Thanksgiving Day. Filmed at the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham during his “Human Being Tour,” Crist tackles topics including dating in the modern era, the fragility of millennial culture, the how-tos of being a “good” Christian and more. Crist will also release his first book, “Untag Me: The Subtle Art of Appearing Better Than You Really Are” through Penguin Random House books on March 3, 2020.
Named as one of the “Top Five Comics to Watch,” Crist is no stranger to accolades. He was a finalist in Comedy Central’s “Up Next Comedy Competition,” a finalist in the Comedy Works “New Faces Contest,” and named to the Burbank Comedy Festival’s “Best of the Fest.” Crist has been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Fox & Friends, US Weekly, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Laughs on Fox, Sirius XM, The Today Show, Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, The Bobby Bones Show, Grand Ole Opry, The Bleacher Report, 9Gag, HLN, Relevant Magazine, The Adam Carolla Show, Old Row, Cracked, Catalyst Conference, TBN, and The Daily Wire. He was even once a voice actor on the popular children’s radio show Adventures in Odyssey.
When asked where he finds the inspiration to write jokes, Crist says, “I grew up in the deep south, my dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight homeschooled children. My first job was at Chick-fil-A. Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?!”
Whether it’s “Church Hunters,” “Celebrity Pastor Fantasy Draft,” or “Virtual Reality Church,” Crist’s humor sometimes focuses on the nuances of the local church. Of the church, Crist says, “Man, I love the local church. Growing up serving at my dad’s church, I know the effect that a healthy, vibrant church can have on the community. If I ever come across as critical, it’s because I love the church and I wish for so much more from it. I think the local church is our only hope for change in America, that said… we do some weird stuff.”