'Big Shots' Star Still Gets the "Jitters" When Doing Stand-Up
'Big Shots' Star Still Gets the "Jitters" When Doing Stand-Up
Christopher Titus has been doing stand-up comedy since he was 18 years old, but the Big Shots star admits that he still gets pretty nervous when he is up on stage.

"‘Jitters' is the nice word for it.  It's more like anal-wrenching fear," the 43-year-old actor told the Pasadena-Star News.  "But the audience is the perfect measure.  You get some comedians that say, ‘Hey, they just didn't get it.'  Well, maybe they got it and you just weren't that funny.  I never, ever blame an audience."

Christopher Titus is known for his dark comedy, with his usual material revolving around such usually sensitive topics as custody battles, insanity, family suicides and dysfunction, heart attacks and fist fights with his father.

"For some reason or another, I'm the guy that gets to walk into a room of pain - and make it funny," he said.  "My mom was nuts ... my umbilical cord was a crazy straw."

The same kind of humor was evident in his eponymous television comedy series, which saw three seasons on the FOX network.

Turning a wide array of life's tragedies into hilarious bits comes naturally to Christopher Titus, who says that his father somehow enabled him to use humor to get through personal trials.

"My dad was divorced six times," the Big Shots star said. "And no matter how ugly things got, he'd always be able to crack jokes.  He showed me that life is just absurd, man.  It's all stupid.  And what's the alternative?"

Titus' comedy has proven to be entertaining, even for those who are going through the terrible struggles that he so freely uses as material.

"I had a woman come up to me and tell me that her mom was dying of cancer, and that watching Titus was the only thing that made her laugh in her final days,” he told the Pasadena-Star News.  “It makes me say 'wow' - I think I take a responsibility with this stuff.  But really, at the end of the day, it's just jokes, man."

While fans of Christopher Titus can continue to catch him on stage (one of his most recent performances was at the Ontario Improv, where he appeared for four consecutive nights), they will have to wait until next year to see him on Big Shots again, as the show was pulled off the air this week.  According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC will air the remaining episodes of the show in January.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Pasadena-Star News
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