NYC comic Chris Distefano jokes about the culture in a Netflix special

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

Filmed at the Gramercy Theater and airing May 3, Speshy Weshy sees the 37-year-old prankster poking fun at hot topics and opening up about the backlash he’s receiving on social media for ” part of the silent majority of the gray area”.

Distefano only started getting up at the age of 26, quitting his job as a child physical therapist to take the plunge.

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

He’s least excited on stage – but he’d never try to break into the industry today.

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

We asked the comic to give their take on these issues:

Legal weed

I’ve never really been into weed until recently. On my Chrissy Chaos podcast on Patreon every Friday I do a section called the Chris and Eddy Show because I call edibles “swirls,” so I take a swirl and do a show. It’s a different version of myself because I just get high and talk about God knows what. So I’m actually glad that I’ll soon be able to buy edibles in New York so I don’t have to smuggle them on planes and worry about being jailed abroad.

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

Once you have kids, you realize that tearing down a statue of Teddy Roosevelt is exhausting. I’d rather teach my kids the good things and the bad things he’s done and we could just go for a walk in Central Park. I feel like people should start having sex again and … start having more children. Because I’m exhausted as a parent, I don’t have the energy to change anything. Now people want to delay having children until they’re 50…that’s your right, but the byproduct of that is you want to tear down statues now. Stop it dude, go feed your kid. A friend of mine who woke up said, ‘I can’t believe you’re not coming to the protest.’ I said, ‘Dude, you leave on Wednesdays at 3 o’clock.’ At this point I was taking Zoom swimming lessons with my daughter; We filled a bathtub. I support the cause, but I can’t go, dude. You can go because you only have three cats.


I had tweeted, ‘Biden should just make AOC head of the CIA because nobody looks through phones like Puerto Rican women do.’ You have to see the women in my family, they’re all in my phone. And some white guy, Ryan, I think he’s from Idaho, he was like, ‘This tweet is so offensive.’ I was like, ‘Dude, shut up. Go eat a potato.’

Andrew Cuomo accuses his Italian heritage of being overly clingy

First of all, I’ve never seen anyone go from hero to zero faster than damn Cuomo… Listen, Italians get handy and kiss a lot, sure. My dad might try to kiss Derek Jeter on the lips, but he’s not going to try to kiss any girl that works for him.

Comedian Chris Distefano
Distefano only started getting up at the age of 26.
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Mask ban lifted

I thought from day one mandating anything was a mistake… If you want to wear 10 masks, a face shield, a helmet, do what you have to do baby. no problems for me But just allow me to make my own decision. Even the most left-leaning friends I have say, “Yes, we’re done with the masks.” Because the only people who are afraid are the people who are most protected. You’ve got 19 vaccines, 17 booster shots… It’s like, ‘Well, that’s your own mental health issue. Don’t put that on me.’

Gender education in school

What I want now as a parent is to teach my children to read, write and count and let me do everything else. Let me tell you about sexuality and gender. I don’t need a teacher I don’t know, who I haven’t handpicked, to teach my children such ingrained subjects. This is a parent’s job.

People with New York athletic team tattoos

If you’re over 40 and have a New York City sports logo tattooed on your body, all I know is — you’re divorced … because there’s no way your wife would let you and it’s grounds for divorce if you do. Well, having said that, I was at the Yankees game the other day and they put me on the jumbotron and I was bombing, nobody was clapping but whatever, that’s beside the point… I said if Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge prove it to me that they saw my comedy special, that I have the New York Yankees logo tattooed on my lower back, and that I stand by my word.

cancel culture

If you go out and cancel someone, you better be squeaky clean because when that light reflects back at you, you’re going to see some dirt.

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