Chris Lam Sam is one of New Zealand’s most versatile award winning creatives.
Born the son of a yodeling carpenter and a piano-playing bank clerk, Chris enjoyed a music filled childhood while growing up in the northern hills of Wellington, New Zealand.
His first memory of performing on stage was at age 3 when he got a big laugh from the crowd by accidentally introducing himself as ‘Humpty Dumpty’ during an audience helper segment of the pantomime Aladdin and his Magic Lamp.
A few years later, he landed his first major musical acting role when he was cast as ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’ in his school’s end of year production.
Largely thanks to the support and encouragement of his grandparents, Chris was able to pursue his love of music through school and into university, graduating as a qualified composer in 2003. Later, he went on to become a registered primary school teacher, eventually leaving the classroom for the stage and screen when he became a full time children’s entertainer from 2008 to 2011 with his musical supergroup for children, The Funky Monkeys.
Fast forward to the present — on any given day, in any part of the country, you might see Chris working under the brim of one of his many hats: entertainer, composer, writer and children’s book author, professional Master Of Ceremonies, musical director and arranger, educator and presenter in schools, music/film/event producer, actor, and member of the 10-piece swing-funk band Late 80’s Mercedes.
As Shakespeare famously penned in his play As You Like It:
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
This couldn’t be more true for Chris Lam Sam.
When he’s not touring, Chris lives in Wellington with his wife, three boys, and their imaginary pet, ‘Eyelop the Moustache’.