Hi, I’m Christopher Mowod. I grew up in urban Pittsburgh, PA to a family of many artists living in Steelers country. I received a black belt at my fathers karate school at age 16 and began teaching. However my first big role had already come in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “As You Like It” opposite future TV star Gillian Jacobs, and we both found ourselves accepted into The Juilliard School’s Drama Division once we turned 18. The summer of graduation I was cast as the lead in an independent feature opposite Oscar Isaac, where we played Samurai and I got to combine my passions for martial and fine arts.
After college I was cast in my first TV show, Criminal Minds, opposite one of my favorite actors Mandy Patinkin. I was reminded how much I had missed singing and dancing so in addition to performing in LA jazz clubs like the Dresden, I started a rock band with a 60s garage style so that I could wail and flail across stages again. We would play wild secret shows in the back of Uhaul trucks in abandoned neighborhoods with pre-famous bands like Saint Motel and The Record Company. The band had great successes, commercials, multiple TV placements, albums and several tours which sustained my artistic appetite until the screen called once again.
A role opposite another personal favorite actor John Hawkes, in a film called The Sleepy Man, and some TV roles reinvigorated me. (Chasing Life, Your The Worst) I found myself so greatly appreciating stage time, I fell into performing stand up comedy. Head first, I was engulfed in the fun of creating my own material. I performed every single night at venues like The Comedy Store, Flappers, sometimes running around Los Angeles to get multiple performances each evening. And when my long time friend, Danny Franzese, asked me to open his first college comedy tour, I had no choice but to accept. In a very uncertain industry, I can say with all certainty that my life will have been spent enjoying comedy, music, dance, drama, martial arts and many many football Steelers games as well. And I hope yours i