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Preview: John Crist

December 5, 2016

Student Activities wants to send you into Christmas Break with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and wonder. That’s why we’re just giving you, yes giving, a special performance by comedian John Crist! Join us on Friday, December 9 in the LaHaye Event Space starting at 8 PM for a night of comedy from one of the rising stars in joke-telling. You know what’s not a joke? That we are giving this show away. This night is FREE as long as you get a ticket at one of the Student Activities Office locations – Green Hall, room 2900 or Montview Student Union, room 2760.

Keep in mind -

  • Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Space is limited, so get your tickets before they’re gone.
  • If you have a ticket and do not arrive by 8:30 PM, you will forfeit your seat to someone who actually cares about John Crist.

Who among us cannot relate to the upbringing of John Crist? A pastor’s kid, homeschooled, and one of eight siblings? Yes, most of us cannot even begin to relate to this. But, as he joked about growing up this way, “Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?”* However, hardly anyone just leaps from making jokes at home or for church announcements, as his bio also states*, to making those jokes on regional or national-level stages. In fact, it is safe to say that no one makes the kind of leap that John did. He says that things just “snowballed” for him after his first open mic appearance in 2009*. It might be more accurate to call it a success avalanche; the 13th time he appeared on a stage, it was as an opening act for legendary comedian Louie Anderson and his Larger Than Life Comedy Show in Las Vegas**. From there, he went on to become a semifinalist or finalist in three comedy competitions in 2011 & 2012, and was the winner of comedy competitions at Loonees Comedy Corner and Denver Improv’s Got Laughs, both in 2012. Since then, he has appeared on TV on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, completed a USO Comedy Tour in Kuwait, and released his full-length album I Got Questions (2015). To top it all off, you are probably one of the millions of views he has on YouTube*** and one of the tens of millions of views he has on Buzzfeed****. So if you really want to mix your metaphors, you could say that his meteoric rise skyrocketed him straight to the avalanche of success.

John Crist is a busy guy, for sure. But what makes his success so great is that he is welcome in so many places. It is a characteristic of his career that is unavoidable; he has earned respect from established professionals in comedy, whether they are “clean” or “Christian” or not*****. This is one of the big reasons why Student Activities is so excited to have him here on Dec. 9. The other big reason why is that he is funny. Either way, be sure to get your FREE ticket for the show as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email us:






*****Check out his interview from a few years ago with the Denver, CO publication Westword -