Bonno started his comedy career in Austin, Texas, where he wrote and performed with premier sketch and improv groups the Hilarions, the Laff Staff, and Esther’s Follies. He was also voted “Funniest Person in Austin.” He was seen in national commercials and co-starred in The NBC Movie of the Week “In Broad Daylight” with Brian Dennehy, Cloris Leachman and Chris Cooper.
Bonno moved to LA and earned guest and co-star roles on various sitcoms including “Mad About You”, The Drew Carey Show”, “Married with Children”, “Malcolm and Eddie” and “Just Shoot Me”, to name a few. He’s also a working voiceover actor whose credits include the cartoons “Curious George” and “Mike Lu and Og”, the hit video games Skate 1 and 2, and ad campaigns for Red Bull and Spike TV.
He appeared in the award winning Showtime film “Charlie Valentine” and is currently featured on the independent film festival circuit as a bumbling hit-man in the comedy feature “Guns Don’t Kill People.”
Bonno performs regularly at clubs throughout Los Angeles including the Ice House, The Comedy Store, The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach and the Hollywood Improv. He’s also toured the US and Canada as the feature act for comedian Hal Sparks, appearing multiple times at high profile venues including Vegas’s Hilton, Tropicana and Harrah’s, Chicago’s Improv and The Mayne Stage Theater, and Caroline’s in New York. He has also performed improv as a core member, at the Hollywood Improv in LA with the house improv group, The Fugitives and tours locally with “Mind the Gap”, a cutting edge collection of stand-ups and writers including Rick Overton, Laraine Newman, Kelly Carlin, Dylan Brody, John Fugelsang and more. Bonno is also an accomplished singer and guitarist, and often features improvised songs in his performances.
Bonno has written comedy segments for The Disney series “Omba Mokumba”, and has written and performed in pilots for VH1 (“Popshot”) and for directors Bobcat Goldthwait, Peter Byck (writer/director of Carbon Nation, regular guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher”) John Andrews (“Beavis and Butthead”) and writer/actor comedian Hal Sparks (“Labrats”, “Talk Soup”, “Queer as Folk”.) Bonno is also a contributing writer for sheamagazine.com where he recently wrote about his visit with comedy and showbiz hero Jonathan Winters. He also stars as an inept, starstruck roadie in the web series “Ralph the Roadie” and currently produces, directs, writes and stars in his own experimental, comedy web series “Electric Bonnoland” featuring his original skits, music and guests.
Bonno received his Bachelor Degree in Studio Art, with Honors, at the University of Texas at Austin. His paintings are owned by various, show-biz industry fans of his work like Laraine Newman, Paul Provenza, Rick Overton, Kelly Carlin, Cheryl Hines, Andy Kindler and more. (For a more comprehensive list check the art section at chrisbonno.com). His painting of Conan O’Brien was the number one fan art piece at teamcoco.com for over a year. He’s illustrated for National Lampoon Magazine, the Writer’s Guild of America magazine, the LA Weekly and the Austin Chronicle. He has illustrated books for “Tonight Show” writer T. Sean Shannon and comedian John Marks. His art has also been featured on various TV shows including “Talk Soup”, “Caroline in the City” and “Gilmore Girls.” Many of his recent works can be found in the article written about him called “The Art of Comedy” by publisher and editor Tony Shea.