Chris Bliss

Corporate Comedy Performer
Fee Range: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
Travels From: Texas
 
Speaker, comedian, variety artist, and Bill of Rights proponent Chris Bliss delivers intelligent and timely commentary about our world, in the tradition of American satire from Mark Twain to Jon Stewart. Jay Leno, who featured Chris repeatedly on the Tonight Show, has called him "one of the brightest comedians around," with the Washington Post adding that "if you're looking to laugh, you can't do much better
than Chris Bliss.”

Chris was also one of the first surprise
stars of the YouTube era, when his "Amazing Juggling Finale" video went viral to the tune of over 80,000,000 downloads. The video reprises the signature piece of his early career as an internationally acclaimed variety act, when he toured with superstars from Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson. Its internet popularity included being posted by Ringo Star on his personal website, and resulted in British R & B icon Fatboy Slim asking Chris to star in his music video “Old Pair of Jeans”, and to join him on The Late Show with David Letterman to perform the song live with the Paul Shaffer Band.

Chris's latest venture
is the Bill of Rights Monument Project at MyBillOfRights.org, a nonprofit dedicated to creating monuments of the Bill of Rights across America. Chris started the project after discovering there wasn’t a single monument to this cornerstone of our individual rights and liberties. That all changed on December 15, 2012, with dedication of the Bill of Rights Monument at the Arizona Capitol, a historic first for the State and the nation. The dedication garnered national attention, with coverage in both the New York Times and USA Today.

Culminating
nearly seven years of hard work, Arizonas monument set the table for a national effort to bring the Bill of Rights to all fifty State Capitols. That effort received a major boost with the recent airing of “Let Freedom Laugh! - The Bill of Rights Comedy Concert” on AXSTV, Chriss first television credit as an executive producer. Taped in front of a sold out audience at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., the concert was headlined by Lewis Black, and also featured comedy legends Dick Gregory and Tommy Smothers, as well as rising stars Cristela Alonzo, Ahmed Ahmed, and John Fuglesang.

Other notable
achievements include Chriss first TED talk, “Comedy Is Translation”, which has been viewed by over half a million people on TED.com, and invitations to speak at Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH.org), an annual summit of thought leaders from across the media spectrum that explores the impact of media messaging on societies worldwide, and Chicago Ideas Week, a citywide event “about the sharing of ideas, inspiring action, and igniting change to positively impact our world,” which has also presented luminaries from Bill Clinton to Tom Brokaw.

The through line connecting
all these dots is Chriss passion for communication. Whether its his unique approach to juggling as a musical art, his scathingly funny comedy about the absurdities of our modern world, or his commitment to spreading awareness of our founding principles, Chris Bliss is continually searching for new approaches to old conventions, and fresh ways of expressing them. The result is engaging presentations that inform as well as entertain.

One thing is certain.
To paraphrase his write-up in the Washington Post, if you’re looking to laugh and think, you can’t do better than Chris Bliss.

Most Requested Topics:

  • Two of the Best: Energizing your attendees is the key to a successful meeting. Chris's refreshingly intelligent and original comedy, followed by his "amazing juggling finale", is guaranteed to bring the house down and send your attendees out buzzing and engaged.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Telling the story of his successful but questionable quest to become the world's most famous juggler ("a claim to fame as unimpressive as it is difficult to refute") Chris uses his incredible finale to demonstrate the power that mastering the basics has when combined with each individual's passion for excellence. Depending on your conference schedule, this program can be augmented with interactive juggling classes for attendees either before or after the presentation.
  • Moderator/Facilitator: Intelligence. Preparation. Personality. Along with his comprehensive knowledge of the structure and objectives of corporate events, these are what make Chris Bliss a dynamic choice for your client's next conference. Whether facilitating the flow of executive presentations, moderating panel discussions, or ensuring that your meeting's goals and takeaways are creatively reinforced throughout, Chris brings his years of public communications experience to bear in working with your advance team to cover the essential details. As the voice of your meeting, Chris's ability to deliver focused and disciplined messaging in a memorable way makes him an effective host for all your critical sessions. As a nationally recognized headline comedian, he can also provide an engaging keynote to open or close your conference. Toss in Chris's amazing juggling finale, seen by tens of millions on the internet, wherever you need one last exclamation point; and you've got a triple threat addition to your conference from a single source talent.
  • Mastering the Basics: In addition to his on stage duties, Chris Bliss also offers a program at no additional fee where your attendees can learn basic juggling. The program length is one hour, and can be offered multiple times throughout the day to accommodate attendee schedules and be available for the maximum number in your group. Chris then selects the best students from each class, who are called up to join him on stage before his finale to demonstrate the secret of "juggling" the nonstop complexity of today's workplace.