An emotionally tumultuous childhood involving a mentally ill mother and a series of stepmothers helped shape Christopher Titus into the standup comic he became, often coming up with material that came directly from his painful early experiences. He became a successful touring comic, and parlayed that status into a series of television appearances on shows as diverse as 21 Jump Street, Columbo, Union Square, and Damon. In 2000, he started a successful run with Titus, a situation comedy he created and starred in that was based in large part on his dysfunctional relationship with his father. The series ran for three seasons, after which he could be seen in such films as the showbiz comedy Remarkable Power. He was back to prime-time TV in fall 2007, as a cast member of the drama Big Shots, a sort of Sex and the City for men, but the show was canceled after less than a full season. In 2009 he delivered a new stand-up special, Love Is Evol.
Biography by Perry Seibert
- Started doing stand-up at 18, began to get small acting jobs at 21, and continued to work until his 1998 one-man show, Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding, was noticed by the Fox network, which greenlighted his eponymous series as a midseason replacement in 2000.
- Early in his stand-up career, was the opening act for singers such as Kenny Loggins and Michael Bolton.
- Like his comedy, the envelope-pushing Titus was largely autobiographical, based on his life with a womanizing, alcoholic father and his oft-institutionalized mother, who committed suicide in 1994.
- Launched the weekly Christopher Titus Podcast in 2011.
- Founded the Insight Youth Project, which raises money through comedy shows for organizations that offer aid to children from dysfunctional and abusive families.
- Is a hot-rod enthusiast, and has penned columns for Rod & Custom magazine.