British comedian Chris Gibbs has been described as “One of the funniest guys around” by the National Post. The Toronto Star has called his shows “darkly gleeful” and “comic stand-up gold”; and the CBC has described his delivery as “a combination of dry wit and barely controlled madness that threatens to go off the rails at any time”. He is best known for the critically acclaimed one-man comedy shows which he performs all over Canada and beyond. He’s played at Just For Laughs in Montreal, appeared in two CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Galas, starred in the indie Canadian feature film, ‘Run Robot Run’ and is even a published author. In 2015 he played "Gizzardgulper", one of the evil giants in the Disney feature The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Chris started his comedy career in 1991, working as
a street performer in London’s Covent Garden.
Combining comedy with acrobatics, he spent several years
on the street honing his skills; while also performing
in stand-up and improv shows around London.
In 1993 he teamed up with clown genius Peter Mielniczek to form the physical comedy duo ‘Hoopal’. They were quickly invited to perform in theatre, street and comedy festivals throughout Europe, and as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Hoopal is possibly best summed up by this quote from one of their first reviews; the Capital Times, in Wellington New Zealand said - “stupid, nonsensical, indulgent, pathetic and insulting to the intelligence… I loved it!”
Chris moved to Canada in 2002 and immediately began writing and performing one-man shows. These include two plays about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective - ‘Not Quite Sherlock’ and ‘The Further Adventures of Antoine Feval’; as well as the stand-up comedy shows ‘A Legal Alien’ and ‘Like Father, Like Son? Sorry’, and the spoof motivational seminar ‘The Power of Ignorance’ co-written with fringe legend TJ Dawe.
These shows have been invited to participate in festivals across Canada, including The High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, the Next Stage Festival in Toronto, Just For Laughs in Montreal, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Uno Festival in Victoria.
Chris has directed a number of other acclaimed shows, including James Gangl’s Canadian Comedy Award-winning one man show 'Sex, Religion and Other Hang-Ups' as well as ‘In Search of Cruise Control’, 'Obsessive Compulsive Darryl', 'Love In The Time Of Time Machines', and 'Drag Queen Stole My Dress'.
Apart from live performance Chris can be found in print - a spoof self-help book based on the show 'The Power of Ignorance' as well as the script itself have been published by Brindle and Glass.
You can see him on-line in the webseries 'The Penumbra'