Actor and comedian Chris D’Elia met Justin Bieber in 2013 and the pair became instant friends. The pop stars calls D’Elia his favorite comedian, so it makes sense that the 35-year-old was there to roast the Biebs, and also get a made fun of a little himself.
D’Elia began his career onstage in 2006 at the Ha Ha Cafe in North Hollywood. Now, he can be found on TV as the lead in Undateable, which just started its second season on NBC this month.
1. He Met Bieber & ‘Flirted’
In an interview with Conan O’Brien, shown above, he recounted the moment when he met the pop star at the Laugh Factory. The club’s employees told him that Bieber was there to watch him. This led him to do his best work. “I mean the kid’s 18, but he’s also the king…I never performed that hard in my life…I tried really hard, really, really hard.”
Bieber congratulated him at the end of the performance, which made D’Elia get flirtatious and giddy. “It’s impossible to talk to him without flirting,” he said.
Justin Bieber became a fast fan and friend, and in the video below, we see the singer coming onstage at the Laugh Factory and D’Elia poking fun at him.
2. He’s the Star of ‘Undateable’
On the NBC sitcom Undateable, which entered into its second season on March 17, D’Elia headlines as Danny, a self-proclaimed ladies’ man who takes a group of clueless, lovelorn guys under his wing.
The actor sees himself in the character, and told Backstage:
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a ladies’ man, but he is very selfish and he is very set in his ways, and I think that is kind of how I am. So I learned a lot about myself. Playing this part and realizing, Oh yeah, I’m kind of like this. It’s led to some self-reflection, which is good and also a little bit depressing.
Before that show, he was known for his role on Whitney, where he starred as Whitney Cummings’ character’s live-in boyfriend. Although the on-screen pair were in love, they chose not make it official, and D’Elia played one half of the happily unmarried couple.
Cummings wrote the part of her boyfriend, Alex, especially for D’Elia. She told the Huffington Post, “… we feel very safe with each other when we’re acting and I think that’s a big part of it.” The show lasted for two seasons.
3. He Has a Comedy Central Special
He is no stranger to Comedy Central and released a special called White Male, Black Comic on the network. He describes the show like this: “I talk about church, I talk about black dudes laughing, I talk about having sex. All that kind of stuff.”
You can watch a sample of that special in the clip above.
4. His Dad & Brother Are Also in the Business
Nanu Nanu everybody. pic.twitter.com/c2YnC4bzwm
— Bill D'Elia (@billdelia) April 13, 2013
Chris’ father is Bill D’Elia was the executive producer/director behind Chicago Hope, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Harry’s Law and Monday Mornings. He’s been nominated for eight Emmy Awards.
He also executive-produced The Crazy Ones, the sitcom starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
His brother, Matt, is an actor and producer.
5. He Has a Popular Vine Account
D’Elia’s Vine account is replete with videos of him singing the ‘beautiful version’ of rap songs, pointing out strangers doing ridiculous things, and his two dogs being adorable.
He commented on its surprising popularity:
I love Vine! It’s so funny to me. I laugh all day on Vine. I can’t believe I have so many followers from all of the stupid videos I do. There are so many people that I need to record on Vine and make fun of so people can see. That’s the stuff. I love it.
Buzzfeed even paid homage to it with the article “19 Vines That Prove Chris D’Elia Is Hilarious.” They began the piece with the statement, “If you’re not following him, you should be.”