Chrissy Shackelford was born in Dallas, Texas where she was raised by Blockbuster, television, and teen magazines. She spent her early twenties in Austin, TX after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Dance at The University of Texas.
Austin is a place you might be familiar with because of the following reasons: 1) You’ve been to SXSW or 2) You went for a bachelor or bachelorette party weekend. For Chrissy, Austin is where she once went on a first date with a guy who had a Batman tattoo on his inner lip. It’s also the town where she performed an original play that featured herself eating a banana. She of course choked on that banana during a show and had to be given the Heimlich maneuver backstage. So, no one can say she’s never put her life on the line for her art.
She began her comedy career in 2012, studying at The Second City in Chicago and ColdTowne Theater in Austin, TX. Relocating to New York City in 2014, she quickly went through the improv and sketch program at the Upright Citizen's Brigade. She is currently a writer and performer on the UCBT house sketch team, Attention Shoppers, is a former cast member of UCBT’s Characters Welcome, and her solo character show, Diane Shangri-La Presents: Not Dry Yet, ran at UCBT Chelsea from 2016-2017.
She most recently wrapped two seasons as a staff writer on the HBO late night series, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas. While writing for the show she also appeared on-camera in a season two segment as well as multiple voiceover appearances during seasons one and two.
Her writing has been featured on Reductress, College Humor, HelloGiggles, and the Frederator Networks and she has appeared in sketch videos for Above Average and Refinery 29.
When she's not slowly blinding herself by staring a screen that will one day destroy all of humanity, she watches a lot of reality tv, loves home decor, and drinks fancy cocktails that only feature vodka and club soda.