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New York’s Comedic Relief

A performer with a rare duality of being a standup comedian and an improvisor, Chris Griggs has an arsenal of humor ready to knock down any audience.

Originally from Memphis, Tenn. Griggs moved to New York City for a job in advertising. He dabbled in improv by taking classes and grew fond of the art form and the community. After the events of September 11, his life changed and he began to pursue comedy further.

From classes in standup to improv and numerous performances on stage, Griggs keeps building material through the two different forms of comedy. He has appeared in plays and television, including the short-lived hit, World Cup of Comedy.

His main focus is his standup which he says is, “a representative of myself and personal experiences.”

Griggs considers improv an extension of his abilities: “Pushing the boarder and trying things I’ve never done before.”

At the New York Comedy Club on 24th Street, Griggs performs his standup, a sharp performance filled with ironic punchlines and situations many can relate to. He even looks to those closest to him for inspiration.

“My friend decided to follow his true passion of becoming a Broadway actor, he now sells gym memberships,” Griggs says. His material is bountiful and transitions easily from dark moods to thought provoking to spontaneous bursts of energy, letting the audience get a full range of emotional humor.

Griggs performs regularly Wednesday nights at The People’s Improv Theater with the improv group, the Baldwins.

Being in a versatile group of talented performers, Griggs feels comfortable going on stage with the cast. “Improv is all about helping each other look good and they’ll return the favor back to you,” he says.

Griggs is one of New York’s best entertainers, bringing a different show each time yet
consistently humorous.

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