Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Creative Director/Writer at The Richards Group
Dallas, United States

Summary

Chris bears one distinction from the 700 Groupers he’s lucky enough to call coworkers: He is the only one to have met Alex Trebek.

Since Chris joined The Richards Group in 1999, his work has garnered shiny knickknacks from The One Show, Communication Arts, and the Radio Mercury Awards. He has lectured at the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M, and his alma mater, Penn State.

Chris is also a comedian and 18-year veteran with Ad-Libs, Dallas’s longest-running improv comedy troupe. He’s a regular contributor to trivia magazine mental_floss, for whom he has coauthored three books. He writes jokes for Fox TV’s Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. And yes, in March 2006, Chris realized a lifelong dream by competing on his favorite game show, Jeopardy! He won – twice. To the tune of $43,199. It’s a tune Chris wistfully whistles while watching his wife and three children spend his winnings.

Positions

Group Creative Director/Writer
Dallas, United States
January 1999 - Present (18 years 10 months)
Improv Comedian
Ad-Libs
United States
1997 - Present (20 years 10 months)
Senior Copywriter
Dallas, United States
May 1999 - December 1999 (7 months)
Jr. Copywriter
Evans Group Advertising
United States
December 1994 - May 1999 (4 years 5 months)

Education

Two Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees - Advertising, History

Penn State University, Pennsylvania
1990 - 1994 (4 years)
Activities and Societies: Marching Blue Band, Basketball Pep Band University Scholars Program (now the Schreyer Honors College) Phi Beta Kappa Earned two bachelors degrees (one with Honors) in four years. Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA.

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