Chris was born on July 26, 1973 to his mother, Judy Pirillo and his father Joe Pirillo. He is the eldest of 3 children and has two younger brothers called Ben and Adam. He studied at the University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in English education, eventually graduating with an English degree.
Chris currently lives in Seattle with his wife, Diana Pirillo, his daughter, Jedi and his two dogs: Wicket and Pixie. He and his wife announced on February 13, 2014 that they were expecting their first child. Diana gave birth on September 14 to a baby girl and they called her Jedi.