Passion, which fuels people and pushes them to make a name for themselves in their target field, often wanes and loses heat. To some extent, this ebb explains why some choose to jump careers or pursue another hobby. However, given how easy it is to lose interest in what you have previously dedicated so much time and effort to, it makes it all the more impressive to find those who continue to go all-out even after decades of living and breathing their love for a particular craft. Actor and comedian Keith Ross Nelson is among today’s passion-driven personalities whose track record in the world of comedy speaks of his love for uplifting people’s moods and making people roll out of their seats in boisterous laughter. 

With over three decades of experience under his belt, Keith Ross Nelson has managed to secure a coveted spot in the limelight thanks to his distinctive ability to liven up spaces. A known figure in stand-up comedy, he has graced thousands of shows and cracked thousands of ribs through his jokes and myriad of stories and anecdotes.

On top of the numerous milestones he has reached and the achievements attached to his name, what makes Keith Ross Nelson an awe-inspiring comedian – and one to follow by aspiring performers – is the longevity of his career in an industry that is undeniably saturated and competitive. Throughout the years, not only did he have to deal with the challenge of putting a smile on the faces of people coming from various backgrounds and bearing differences in senses of humor, but he also had to do so knowing that time, current events, and a host of other factors can impact what is perceived as funny. 

Thirty years after first dipping his toes in the industry, Keith Ross Nelson continues to hog the spotlight, and he shows no sign of slowing down. This go-getter, who has toured all over the country and performed in comedy clubs, college events, cruise ships, and live shows in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Guam, and Afghanistan, remains a source of joy, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. Adapting to the new normal, he has showcased his comedic skills on online-based platforms. 

The Portland Comedy Competition winner is expected to entertain thousands more people in and out of the country in the coming years, an assumption that is easy to make in light of his deep-seated passion for the craft. “I just truly love making people laugh,” he shared. Although the level of competition is set to intensify in the future as more aspiring comedians hit the scene, Keith Ross Nelson is bound to stand out because of his relatability and unapologetic comedic style. 

Currently, the comedian, writer, actor, and director is also making his mark through other creative endeavors. He has not only appeared in several independent films, such as Mobsters and Mormons and The R.M. but has also starred in Not for Nothing’, an Amazon Prime comedy show he wrote and produced. Follow Keith on Instagram @keithrossnelson and his website


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