One day you’re underneath flannel sheets watching the recent Chris D’Elia comedy special. The next, you’re on the phone with him and playing marry fuck kill. It’s funny how life works sometimes.

“Oh, I’ll fuck the shit out of Keanu Reeves,” said D’Elia, when he spoke to Quackd. “Keanu is my dude, man.” D’Elia, who often references pop culture in his comedy, once told a brilliant joke about Reaves during a 2010 show at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. I’m not sure if he’ll get the opportunity to actually make a move on the Matrix actor, but Quackd is wishing him luck and we expect an update following that fateful morning after.

His other options to wed, bed or see ‘em dead were Drake (who he has endlessly teased in multiple jokes) and Justin Bieber—who nominated Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris D’Elia to do the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer. Yes, you read that correctly. Justin Bieber actually nominated D’Elia to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

D’Elia decided to marry Bieber so that he could take half of his money, but D’Elia and the international pop star have actually maintained a real friendship over the last few years. “Look, he’s the biggest pop singer in the world, ya know?” said D’Elia. “It’s always cool when anybody knows who I am and respect what I do.”  

The East Coast-born, Los Angeles-bred comedian is an animated and energetic performer; type his name into YouTube and you can find him diving to the floor for a joke or reenacting himself taking a Vine video while driving. (Can you blame him? If I had 1.5 million followers on Vine, I don’t think I’d wait to pull over to send my videos either.)

Rather than looking at social media as a way to build numbers, however, D’Elia views his online presence as an extension of his stage presence. “When you get off stage, you still have an audience if you want it.”

Of course, it’s not like D’Elia woke up one day to a Facebook friend request from Justin Bieber and a few thousand retweets on a joke about how if someone texts you the word “ha!” it means that they absolutely fucking hate you. Nope.

Like many comics, D’Elia had his fair share of shows at coffee shops, dive bars and other local venues before he got much recognition. His first show, which was at a church in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, had him pacing all night. “But I got off stage and that’s when I realized that’s what I wanted to with the rest of my life.”

When asked what advice he would give a young comedian, D’Elia explained that it’s important to not rush their careers and that recognition will come when it’s ready. “I knew that the more that I got on stage, the more it would become second-nature to have them staring at you while you’re trying to make them laugh.”

These days, D’Elia is not shy to admit that stand-up comedy has its drawbacks. It’s exhausting; he travels a lot and there are tons of other things (like his Ten Minute Podcast with Will Sasso and Bryan Callen) that he needs to juggle as well.

His most recent comedy special (White Male. Black Comic) debuted on Comedy Central in December 2013. Erik Griffin, a comedian most known for his role on Workaholics, suggested the name because he thinks D’Elia would have been a perfect comedian for the Def Jam roster if he weren’t born a white male.

D’Elia doesn’t have a secret sauce that goes into every show. The end goal is simple: to make people laugh. “There’s no strategy,” said D’Elia. “I just kind of do what I feel is right.”
D’Elia will record his next comedy special at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. It is set for release in 2015. He performs at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.