1968 - 2005
“You're everything to me.”
wife of Clifton Christian writes:
grew up on the mean streets of Corpus Christi, Texas, the abandoned
child of a poor, black sharecropper."
you knew Cliff, you’d know how he began every single biography
that he wrote for himself with the previous sentence. He was a
comedian in every single sense of the word, striving to make people
laugh no matter what the cost.
Clifton, “Cliff,” was born January 10, 1968 in Corpus
Christi, Texas. He lived the majority of his life either in the
Corpus Christi area or, later on, in the Brazoria/Houston region.
Around 1996 he moved to Chicago and in 2001 back to Houston with
his “Yankee” bride.
In 1985, at age 17, he was in a car accident that changed his
life forever. After this point, he was confined to a wheelchair
due to a spinal cord injury. He remained in that chair for the
rest of his life. The week before that car accident he had made
an appointment with the Air Force because his ultimate dream was
to work with NASA and become an astronaut. His entire life had
changed due to a twist of fate. Cliff, being the overachiever
he was, resolved to graduate high school that year, on time. As
with everything he set his mind to, he did achieve his goal. Unfortunately,
the closest he was able to become an astronaut was to help write
a computer program that, as far as he was aware, NASA is still
using today. Despite his disability, he dreamed of being the first
handicapped person to help colonize Mars.
Because of his love of science and space travel, he was a huge
fan of science fiction. There was barely a day that Cliff didn’t
talk about Star Trek (or any of its spin-off series),
Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Mythbusters,
Blue Collar TV, and, although he rarely admitted to it
Mad TV and, Saturday Night Live. His favorite
TV channels were the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, Comedy
Central, and, of course, the Sci-Fi Network.
In 1998, Cliff and I met at an improv comedy club in Chicago.
We married in 2000 and spent a wonderful five years married. We
shared two major passions – our love for each other, and
comedy. He started The Young Urban Comedians’ Club in 1998
and when we moved to Houston in 2001, we continued our work. His
ultimate dream was to open his own theatre in Houston where we
could perform nightly and teach improv to others that wanted to
learn our art form. He collapsed at our regular weekly show on
October 7, 2005.
Cliff, here are a few words from me to you:
You always joked that when you died you wanted to be shot into
the sun. Baby, I can’t do that for you, but when I heard
about this option I just knew I had to get you there — especially
since an actor from one of your favorite TV shows will be with
you. You’ve been an inspiration to me and anyone else who
was lucky enough to spend time with you. I’m happy that
I, with the help of our friends, can give this final gift to you.
Your love and light will shine on and I know that while soaring
in the heavens, you’ll be making everyone on board with
you laugh just like you did during your life.
My baby. My love. My sweetheart. My Cliff. You’re everything
“Death cannot stop true
love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”
– The Princess Bride