“I grew up outside of Kansas City in the rural suburbs,” says comedian Chris Porter. “Becoming a stand-up comic was like being an astronaut or a NASCAR driver. You had no idea where to start.”
Humor was big part of a young Porter’s family, and he was constantly trying to make his parents laugh. He decided to go to an open mic, but only in support of a friend who wanted to try it.
“I’m a lot funnier than half these people,” he recalls thinking. “For the first time it looked attainable. I finally got up the nerve to go up. I don’t know if it was balls or stupidity.” He was hooked, though. “It was such a rush, I haven’t stopped since.”
He is now a headlining comic and has appeared on Last Comic Standing, as well as Comedy Central Presents and Live at Gotham.
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