Chris Bliss became a juggler to escape a career as an attorney. An early job highlight came when he was asked to join Michael Jackson's 1984 tour. "It resulted in a lot of offers to do a 12-minute act for the rest of my life in Las Vegas, and to me that wasn't a career, that was a prison sentence." He decided to become a standup comic who also juggled a bit. The D.C. native started in L.A. "The one thing I knew is that if you ever have a great five minutes, don't show it in Los Angeles, they'll make you do that same great five minutes over and over." At first it didn't go over very well. "When I started off in comedy I was a great juggler," he recalls. "So I had to go from top of the mountain to the bottom of the ladder." It indeed took a while for him to find his comedy legs, saving his juggling for the end of his set. "If I didn't have the shiny objects at the end I wouldn't have gotten the stage time." Today he has no such problem, having becoming as accomplished at standup as he is at juggling.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: April 28. Continues through May 2, 2009