In 1999, Christian entered the world of comedy as Otis Lee Crenshaw’s (Rich Hall) guitar-wielding sidekick a bizarre six-year odyssey that would take him to unlikely venues such as the Sydney Opera House, appearing on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien and at HBO’s Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, backing The Smothers Brothers and Michael Richards. Now headlining all the major comedy venues, his offbeat, energetic and utterly unique style blends stand-up with dynamic guitar/vocal abilities and effortless charm.
He has written for and performed on three series of That Was Then This Is Now (BBC Radio 2) as musical counterpart to Richard Herring and Emma Kennedy – an association which, in 2009, spawned the Loaded Lafta-nominated sketch and stand-up show As It Occurs To Me, a second series of which begins in May 2010. He has also been heard giving his improvisation skills an outing on two series of Rowland Rivron’s Jammin’ (BBC Radio 2) with the likes of Kim Wilde and Hazel O’Connor.
In 2007, Christian hosted the Nottingham Live Music Weekend (sharing the bill with The Magic Numbers, Just Jack and Cherry Ghost), performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, the Liverpool Comedy Festival, the Latitude Festival and took his first solo show, How To Rock to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a successful run. The same year, Christian also appeared on The Graham Norton Show (BBC2), backing if.comeddie award-winner Phil Nichol.
The Guardian said "If you're a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you're probably a Christian Reilly fan already - you just don't know it yet"
Channel 4 Comedy News said "In the hallowed tradition of Eddie Izzard - destroys the proscenium arch and makes you feel you're sharing a beer with your best mate"
The Scotsman said "The comedy equivalent of Motorhead slamming straight into Ace Of Spades"
The Stage said "Blisteringly funny songs"
Chortle said "His stand-up is witty and heaving with punchlines... he will win over all but the hardest hearts and minds"