America has produced some great comedians over the years, but one person who stands out from the crowd is Christopher Titus. Titus went through a turbulent childhood with an alcoholic father and a schizophrenic mother but did not give up. Instead, he refined his experiences and became one of the funniest men in America. He also began a flourishing acting career and has appeared in several acclaimed productions. Beyond details of his early life struggles, read about his love life and much more below.
The childhood struggles of Christopher Titus
Christopher Todd Titus was born in Newark, California on October 1, 1964. He comes from a family of five, consisting of his father Kenneth Williams Titus, his mother Juanita Clarice Holmes and two siblings named Shannon and Dave.
Titus grew up in Newark and had a not exactly ideal childhood. His father was a misogynistic and abusive alcoholic who went through several divorces. His mother, for her part, was a drug-addicted schizophrenic. His parents’ marriage was expected to end in divorce.
Titus spent the formative years surrounding his mother, father, and grandparents; soon he tried alcohol and drugs. The little boy persisted in these two vices until the fateful day when he got drunk and fell into a bonfire at a beach party. Luckily, some friends came to his rescue and after the hospital stay, he swore to change his life. Titus cleaned up afterward and started stand-up comedy at the age of 19.
Breakthrough and other career attempts
Titus’s material consisted mainly of jokes about his tragic childhood, and in this way, he gained a decent following. He later became a national sensation after he premiered his first comedy special Norman Rockwell is Bleeding at the Hudson Theatre, L.A., in the late 1990s.
The show, which unswervingly explored his childhood full of marital violence, mental illness, and alcoholism, was well received by the fans. It also spawned a very successful Fox sitcom of the same name, which ran from 2000 to 2002 and kept him firmly in the spotlight.
Since his breakthrough in the early 2000s, Christopher Titus has remained relevant to the comic industry. He has released at least eight comedy specials/albums, including The Fifth Annual End of the World Tour (2007), Love is Evol (2009), Neverlution (2010), Voice in My Head (2013), Angry Pursuit of Happiness (2015), Born with a Defect (2017), Armageddon (2018) and Stories I Shoulduldn’t Tell (2019). The latter reports on the most outrageous parts of his family background, including the fact that his sister (Lisa) and his mother both committed suicide.
His career as an actor
Besides his comedy shows/specials, Christopher Titus is also a budding actor. Born in California, he has starred in several movies and TV series over the years, including Bad Parents, Remarkable Power, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Scar, Big Shots, CSI: Miami, The Exes, 21 Jump Street, Special Unit, Finding Carter and The Twilight Zone, etc.
Meanwhile, Titus has revealed that he uses his family background as a material because it is therapeutic and helps him deal with his demons. The comic also revealed that he inspires other people when they realize that their own families are not nearly as screwed up as his.
Facts about Christopher Titus’ marriages, divorce, and children
Christopher Titus has lived through hard times in his family and in his love life. The comic was previously married to a lady named Erin Carden. He and Carden began their relationship in 1988 and entered into the marriage in 1991. They were married for 15 years, during which time they had two children named Kennie Marie (2001) and Jett Evans (2004).
It later turned out that Erin had cheated on Titus for most of their marriage, and the comic filed for divorce. The divorce was a lengthy battle, allegedly costing Titus $2 million, and was finalized in 2006.
The couple fought for custody of the child, with the comic alienating their children for almost two years, 2017-2019. Fortunately, Titus has now reconciled with his children. He has also found love again with Rachael Bradley.
The California native first met Bradley in the course of her work as a comedy booker. They dated for a while and tied the knot in 2013. Since then, Bradley has supported her husband’s career every step of the way. She gives him the impetus to share some of his darkest materials and also co-hosts his eponymous podcast. The lady is also not letting her dreams run away; she is now a comic in her own right and is planning to debut her special.