New York comedian Chris Distefano’s jokes woke culture up in Netflix special

Ridgewood, Queens-born comedian Chris Distefano – who was once fired from Netflix for making an insensitive joke – returns next month to the network with a new special that may cause it to “cancel” again.

“Speshy Weshy,” filmed at the Gramercy Theater and airing May 3, features the 37-year-old comedian riffing on woke topics and recounting the backlash he receives on social media for “being part of the silent majority in the gray area. “.

Distefano didn’t start standing until he was 26, quitting his job as a pediatric physical therapist to take the plunge.

Four years later, he met his girlfriend Jasmin Canuelas – who is of Puerto Rican descent and from Sunset Park – at the now closed Place to Beach waterhole on Coney Island. The two have two daughters Delilah, 6, and Violette, 10 months, and live in Staten Island.

Being on stage is where he has the least fuss – but he would never try to break into the industry today.

“Doing comedy now…things are getting so PC,” he said. “There has to be a group of people who can cross the line or cross it.”

We asked the comedian for his thoughts on these topics:

Legal Cannabis

I’ve never really been in weed until recently. On my “Chrissy Chaos” podcast on Patreon, I do a segment every Friday called “Chris and Eddy Show” because I call edibles “eddys,” so I grab an eddy and do a show. It’s a different version of myself because I get high and talk about god knows what. So I’m glad I can buy edibles in New York soon so I don’t have to smuggle them on planes and worry about being locked up overseas.

Distefano said things in comedy are “getting so PC”.
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Removal of the Teddy Roosevelt statue

Once you have kids, you realize it’s exhausting trying to tear down a statue of Teddy Roosevelt. I’d rather just teach my kids about the good things he’s done and the bad things he’s done and we could just go for a walk in Central Park. I feel like people need to start having sex again and…start having more children. Because I’m exhausted as a parent, so I don’t have the energy to make a difference. Now people want to delay having kids until they’re 50…that’s your right, but the byproduct of that now is you want to tear down statues. Like stop, man, go feed your child. A friend of mine who woke up said to me, ‘I can’t believe you’re not coming to the protest.’ I was like, ‘Man, you go Wednesdays at 3.’ At that time, I was taking Zoom swimming lessons with my daughter; we were filling a bathtub. I support the cause but I can’t go, man. You can go there because you only have three cats.


I had tweeted, “Biden should just make AOC head of the CIA because no one looks through phones like Puerto Rican women.” You must see the women in my family, they are all in my phone. And a white guy, Ryan, I think he’s from Idaho, said, “That tweet is so offensive.” I was like, ‘Man, shut up. Go eat a potato.

Andrew Cuomo accuses of being too fond of his Italian heritage

First of all, I’ve never seen anyone go from hero to zero faster than fucking Cuomo… Listen, are Italians manipulated and kissing a lot, of course. My dad might try to kiss Derek Jeter on the lips, but he won’t try to kiss some random girl who works for him.

Comedian Chris Distefano
Distefano didn’t start stand-up until he was 26 years old.
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Lift the mask mandate

I thought from day one that forcing anything was wrong… If you wanna wear 10 masks, a face shield, a helmet, do what you gotta do, baby. No problem for me. But just let me make my own decision. Even the more left-leaning friends I have are like, “Yeah, we’re done with the masks. Because the only people who are afraid are the most protected people. They’ve got 19 shots, 17 boosters… It’s like, ‘Well, it’s your own mental health issue. Don’t put that shit on me.

Teaching gender in schools

What I want as a parent now is like teaching my kids to read, write and arithmetic and let me do everything else. Let me talk to them about sexuality and gender. I don’t need a teacher that I don’t know, that I didn’t choose, to teach my children about deep rooted issues like this. It’s a parent’s job.

People with New York sports team tattoos

If you’re over 40 and have a New York sports logo tattooed on your body, I know one thing and one thing only – you’re divorced…because there’s no way your wife let you do it and that’s grounds for divorce if you do. Now that being said, I was at the Yankees game the other day and they put me on the Jumbotron and I bombed, no one cheered, but whatever, that’s irrelevant…J I said if Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge prove to me that they watched my comedy special, I’m gonna get the New York Yankees logo tattooed on my lower back and I’m a man of my word.

Cancel Culture

If you go out and cancel someone, you better be blameless, because when that light comes back to you, you’ll see dirt.

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