Chris Monty is New York’s newest rising comedy star. Born and raised on Long Island, Chris was fascinated with show business at an early age. He yearned to be in front of an audience singing or dancing. Many a party would find Chris performing in front of friends and relatives to a big round of applause. But it was when he saw a certain comedian on television that he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. That comedian was Red Skelton.
At 19 Chris found himself at a local piano bar requested to sing a few songs. He does and the showman comes out. He returns to that club and others for the next couple of years. Opening with a few jokes, singing some old tunes and closing with a joke.
Chris found his passion was stand-up comedy and needed a way to break-in. He was getting tired of piano bars and karaoke nights. So in order to help his act writing wise, he enrolled in a Comedy class at Stand-Up University taught by Peter Bales. Peter a veteran Stand-Up for over 20 years, had toured with Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and Paul Reiser to name a few. His class helps young comedians break into the business with a crisp 5 minutes of funny material. Just about what you’d need for a spot on an “Open-mic Show” at a Comedy Club. Stand-Up University, as it is known, was a great learning experience for Chris. Since then, he has stopped back to visit Peter and pass on advice he may have for beginners.
Chris began his Comedy Club resume at Governor’s in Levittown Long Island in the late ’90’s. He later teamed up with fellow comedian Marc Lund to create Long Island’s Funniest Comedy Team of Monty & Lund. It was in the team that Chris got his first break. Monty & Lund were asked to open for Gabe Kaplan (from TV’s Welcome Back Kotter) at McGuire’s Comedy Club. The show was a smash. Eventually Chris decided he wanted to go back solo as a comedian. He later was asked to open for Jimmy “JJ” Walker (from TV’s “Good Times”) at the same club. Now he performs regularly all over the country including such rooms as The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. He also has opened for such acts as Bobby Slayton, Jim David, Adam Ferrera, and Jim Norton.
Chris has also expanded his career into radio and television. For a while he hosted his own radio show on Long Island’s WGBB with his former comedy team partner Marc Lund. Later he co-hosted “On A Roll” with fellow comedian John Larochia. But his best gig was writing jokes for “The Joan Rivers Show” on WWOR. “Joan is a very down to earth person, who makes me laugh” Chris said when he was asked of his time spent on her show. He also was a guest on WWOR on the legendary “Joey Reynolds Show”. Chris’ television credits include numerous commercials with such companies as P.C. Richard & Son and Ford. He also has appeared locally on Long Island for P.G. Grippo & Son and White Post Farms. He is a very talented comedian whose fast rise in Comedy is only the start. You will be seeing his face all over very soon!