Interview: Chris D’Elia on his new Netflix special ‘Man on Fire’

Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire” debuts on Netflix June 27, and it is every bit as funny as you can imagine. The actor and comedian who won us over starring on shows such as, “Undateable” and “Whitney,” is about to win hearts once again with his latest stand-up special. This hilarious look at life through Chris’s eyes gives viewers a peek at the comic’s point of view on some of life’s greatest challenges while serving up some anti-inspo for the world.

In a recent phone interview, Chris explained to AXS that looking back; there has never been a time in his life when he didn’t want to make people laugh. “The first time I took the stage,” he recalled, “I was actually nervous. I just remember thinking if I could get my legs to walk on stage, then I’ll be up there and then all I’ll have to do is talk.”

From there, Chris was off and running. It was back in 2013 that he did his very-first one-hour stand-up special, “Chris D'Elia: White Male. Black Comic.” and after his debut Netflix Original comedy special in 2015, “Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible,” fans were hooked. Between all of his popular specials and his many TV and movie appearances, audiences discovered a love for the comic that has them lining up across the country to see him live.

“The biggest change as a comedian from then until now,” he told AXS, “is I think that now I probably talk more about myself and my own experiences. As corny as it sounds, I just try to grow as a performer and I hope my fans grow with me.”

With his latest comedy special, “Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire,” the entertainer says that he toured the routine for about two years. “I just came up with the theme about how we’re not special; how everyone thinks they’re the man on fire. I tried to orchestrate all of my bits around that. It was just where I was in my life so everything kind of came from that.”

“I hope people have a good time watching it,” Chris explained. “I hope that they can identify with what I’ve been through. Like when I talk about my marriage and how it dissolved and how people have been through the same situation as I have. It’s cool that they identify with that and it makes them laugh.”

Aside from his new special, Chris is currently selling out shows all over the map. “Right now, I’ve got my hands full,” he said. Between his podcast, developing a TV show, a new Netflix movie, and a drama (yes, drama) for Sony, the performer remains one of the busiest in the business.

As for what you can expect to see in Chris D'Elia’s future, he told AXS, “I want to keep doing movies and TV series that I think are funny. But I also want to do drama, too. I like to shake things up and keep it different.”

You can catch “Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire” on Netflix, starting June 27. For more on the comic, be sure to check out his website.