If you enjoy sketch comedy, or just laughing in general, then you’re probably familiar with John Crist. His videos rack up millions of views on multiple platforms. He specializes in creating hilarious shorts built around his observational humor.
For instance, one of his most popular videos, “Millennial International: Sponsor a Millennial Today,” pokes fun at how older people see his generation. However, Crist isn’t confined to the internet. In fact, he has shared the stage with comedy greats like Dave Chappelle, Seth Meyers, and Jeff Foxworthy.
In this episode of The Marty Smith Podcast, John Crist sat down to talk about his career. They discussed Crist’s early days in comedy and what performing means to him. More importantly, they talked in-depth about empathy and redemption.
In the introduction of the podcast, Marty Smith talks about what he expected from his interview with John Crist. Marty thought it would be a light-hearted exchange wherein the duo would laugh, share jokes, and talk about comedy. However, Smith says, things got much deeper than that. In fact, this is, without a doubt, the deepest and most serious episode of The Marty Smith Podcast to date.
Highlights from John Crist’s Appearance on The Marty Smith Podcast
John Crist gets pretty serious early in the episode. While recounting a story from one of his shows, he revealed why he does what he does. When it gets down to it, Crist just wants to bring people joy. “Why I do it is I’m trying to give – truthfully and honestly – I’m trying to give something to someone that I could never really give myself.”
He went on to say that he knows that when a comedian steps on stage, it’s not just a comedy show. He knows that people are out there struggling with family issues, medical problems, and mental health issues. As a result, he understands how important it can be to just have a night to laugh and forget about the pressures and problems of life. Furthermore, it is important for Crist to be able to give that relief to someone who needs it.
If you want to hear the heartwarming stories he uses to highlight that importance, you’ll have to check out the full episode.
At one point, Marty Smith and John Crist enter into one of the deepest conversations this podcast has ever witnessed. They discuss the flaws of humanity, the drive for redemption, and the empathy that each person should have for their fellow humans. John and Marty look at all this through the lens of public figures falling from grace and rising to the top again. They highlight Tiger Woods, Morgan Wallen, Simone Biles, and even Crist himself. It’s the most moving and inspiring few minutes of audio you’ll hear this week at the very least.
The big takeaway from this episode is that John Crist sees his comedy as a way to serve others. At the same time, he benefits from making people happy. So, everyone at his shows or getting joy from his videos wins.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this episode of The Marty Smith Podcast.