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Actor/comedian Chris D’Elia updates his role

Monday 13th, February 2017 / 15:40
By Graeme Wiggins

VANCOUVER — Chris D’Elia is not into being pigeon-holed. While you may know him from the sitcom Whitney from a few years back, or the show Undateable, which recently finished its last season, he’d prefer to switch things up and be known for something else. He opines, “I don’t like when I do something and it becomes something that people know me from. It bugs me and I want do something else. Standup is different. I love stand up. But If I’m on a TV show and people are like ‘you’re the guy from that show,’ it bugs me. I want them to know me as me.”

This desire for people to know him as him seems to have translated into a more mature move in his comedy. He’s always been “animated and energetic and opinionated,” but his recent special has taken things a little more personal. “The first special was just me being silly and telling jokes and that’s where I was in my life. The second one was less of that and more opinion. This is just a little more of me talking about myself. I don’t know why I did that. It wasn’t a choice it just ended up happening but I’m happy about where I’m going, I don’t want to be doing the same thing over and over again.”

This move hasn’t translated into any self-censorship. There’s little in the way of topics he won’t take on. “You can’t censor yourself. Sometimes you run into a bit where you’re like ‘maybe I crossed the line,’ but that’s your job as a comedian to find out where that is.” Perception plays no role in his comedy: “I don’t think about that. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me. If it’s more sensitive then I want to do it more. Fuck that. I hate that shit.”

Catch Chris D’Elia live February 24 at the Vogue Theatre.

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