Chris Sullivan is from Foxboro, Massachusetts and credits his foundational musical training to high school band director and percussion instructor, Stephen Massey. Dabbling in theater and improvisational comedy, he starred in several high school plays, won the drama award senior year and was a member of Kung Fu Improv in the Uncommon Theater Company. Throughout his time at Foxboro High School, he worked in a pre-school and became a Massachusetts certified preschool teacher and BSA Eagle Scout.
After a year in AmeriCorps' City Year in Boston, Sullivan attended college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and majored in Communication. In 1999, he joined the a cappella group, The Vocal Suspects as a vocal percussionist. In college, Sullivan became part of the esteemed comedy troupe Mission:IMPROVable where the name “Shockwave” was assigned as a stage name because of his signature style of beatbox, improvisational soundscapes and vocal skills.
Upon graduation Sullivan moved to New York City and began studying improvisational comedy with The People's Improv Theater, The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater and instructors of Chicago's Annoyance Theater. In 2003, he was introduced to hip-hop comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme where he was welcomed as a fellow cast/band member, and formally began his career as a professional comedic beatboxer. Freestyle Love Supreme performed at The Aspen Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the 10th Anniversary for Paramount Comedy in London. At around the same time he joined Freestyle Love Supreme, Sullivan met Terry "Kid Lucky" Lewis, founder of Beatboxer Entertainment—organizer of beatboxers and producer of beatboxing performances. Through Beatboxer Entertainment, Sullivan performed with Doug E. Fresh, Rahzel, Biz Markie and countless other human beatboxers from around the country at venues such as The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Madison Square Garden, and the MTA subway system in the bi-monthly Hip-Hop Subway Series.
Sullivan recently toured 20 American cities on a “One-Shock-Show” for The Electric Company Outreach Circuit Tour demonstrating the fun of beatboxing and the power of reading.