Chris Bliss

Speaker, comedian and variety artist 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.


Notable achievements include Chris’s 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 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 engaging presentations that inform as well as entertain.