Chris Bliss, speaker, comedian, and Bill of Rights proponent, 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 fans included Ringo Star, who posted the video on his personal website, and Fatboy Slim, who asked Chris to star in his music video “Old Pair of Jeans”, and then invited him to perform the song live with the Paul Shaffer Band on the Late Show with David Letterman.
More recently, Chris branched out from traditional stand-up to deliver his first TED talk, “Comedy Is Translation”, which has been viewed by over half a million people on TED.com. Invitations followed to speak at Images and Voices of Hope, 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 dedicated to “igniting change to positively impact our world”, that in it’s first two years has featured luminaries from Bill Clinton to Tom Brokaw.
Chris subsequently developed a full length keynote of the same title, which he debuted at the Louisville IdeaFestival in the fall of 2013. The talk explores how and why comedy works so well at overcoming our engrained perspectives, and how we can apply those lessons to be more effective communicators. In the midst of all of this, Chris also launched the Bill of Rights Monument Project at MyBillOfRights.org, a nonprofit dedicated to creating monuments of the Bill of Rights across America. He 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 coverage in both the New York Times and USA Today. Culminating seven years of hard work, Chris is now building on that success to organize a national endowment to bring the Bill of Rights to all fifty State Capitols.
The through line connecting all these dots is Chris’s passion for communication. Whether it’s 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 entertaining and original presentations that are as refreshing as they are captivating.
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“I strongly recommend Chris Bliss to any company looking for a creative communicator to help them shape key events and deliver key takeaways in a memorable and impactful way.” - Noble Resources
“His uniquely intelligent and topical comedy was made all the more engaging and funny because of the work he did to prepare specifically for our audience, attending general sessions and … incorporating comical observations common to everyone in the room.” - Davidson Companies
“One word – WOW!! I highly recommend you.” – Broward Workshop
“A standing ovation … I heartily recommend Chris Bliss.” – Davidson
“Everyone was still talking about you the rest of the weekend” - Ameritas
“blew everyone away…fantastic…highly memorable.” – Protective Life