Chris Bliss explores the inherent challenge of communication, and how comedy opens paths to new perspectives.
Chris Bliss is a national headline comedian, with credits including the Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as an internationally renowned variety artist, opening for superstars from Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson.
In 2005, he founded MyBillofRights.org, with the mission of creating monuments and permanent displays of the Bill of Rights in civic spaces across America. The organization expects to dedicate America’s first monument celebrating the Bill of Rights at the Arizona Capitol Mall, in December 2012.
“If I had to place [comedy] on an arbitrary spectrum, I'd say it falls somewhere between poetry and lies.”
“A great piece of comedy is a verbal magic trick.”
“There are few phrases that pack a more concentrated dose of subject and symbol than the perfect punchline.”
“It's when you put all of these elements together — when you get the viral appeal of a great joke with a powerful punchline that's crafted from honesty and integrity, it can have a real world impact at changing a conversation.”
“Even as a child, I remember thinking that what I really wanted most in life was to be able to understand everything, and then to communicate it to everyone else.”
“Comedy [deals] with a lot of the same areas where our defenses are the strongest — race, religion, politics, sexuality.”
“Comedy has been crossing the country with remarkable speed way before the Internet, social media, even cable TV.”
“Words rush by, page after page of unpunctuated imagery sweeping the reader along like some wild river twisting through a primal South American jungle; reading Márquez is a visceral experience.”
“[Comedy] takes the base metal of our conventional wisdom and transforms it through ridicule into a different way of seeing and ultimately being in the world.”