Christopher Titus, a decade ago, had his very own critically acclaimed Fox sitcom. It unfortunately only lasted two seasons.
He has since focused on his stand-up career and executive producing work behind the scenes, resulting in one short-lived ABC series, “Big Shots.”
But it’s his whacked-out childhood that has shaped him more than any TV project. His dad was an alcoholic womanizer, he said, and his mom, a schizophrenic who killed her second husband.
“I got over it,” he said. “Thank God for stand-up comedy. I’d still be in therapy or shot up a bunch a people without it. The damage from my parents are over. And without them, I wouldn’t be the guy I am right now.”
He’s going to be in Atlanta starting today through Saturday at the 14th Street Playhouse with a one-man comedy show called ‘Neverlution.” He is headlining the week-long Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.
“It’s all about taking America back,” Titus said. “The only thing we’re No. 1 in now is obesity.”
The idea for “Neverlution” came from a visit to the DMV. There was a fat five-year-old kid who was screaming to his dad. “He basically made DMV worse if that’s possible,” he said. “Then his dad started negotiating with him. This kid is one of those who expects their lives are the most important lives in the family.”
In Titus’ family, “I was somewhere after the TV remote control in terms of priority for my parents.”
But this five-year-old kid sparked the idea in Titus’ mind that we are weaning a generation of wimps. “My daughter got a trophy last year for losing in soccer!”
And if your kid is a problem, Titus said, we medicate them.
He said he has a theory that since 9/11, people are scared and try to protect their kids at all costs. Yet after the financial meltdown in 2008, he said we let the banks off the hook. “In France, there would have been riots in the streets,” he said. “I think we’re asleep right now. We have our big TVs and Taco Bell and a Starbucks every 14 feet. As long as you don’t take that away!”
He does have a charity called Insight Youth Project for foster kids but admitted for the past few years (while dealing with a divorce in which he says his ex cheated on him and stole money), he has let it slide. He has a May 7 charity event with Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey where he hopes to raise $250,000.
Of current TV shows, his favorite is “Breaking Bad.” And though he hates most of the current comedies, he does respect “Modern Family.”
Christopher Titus: Neverlution
14th Street Playhouse Main Stage
173 14th Street, NE
Get tickets here: www.14thstplayhouse.org