Jordan Peele

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Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele Peabody 2014 (cropped).jpg
Peele at the Peabody Awards, May 2014
Born Jordan Haworth Peele
(1979-02-21) February 21, 1979 (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2002–present

Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor and comedian best known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and for his five seasons as a cast member on MADtv.


Peele regularly performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago. He and Nicole Parker were well known for their musical duets at Boom Chicago. He portrayed a popular character called "Danish Supermodel Ute" during his time at Boom Chicago and hosted MTV's Comedy Weekend in 2002.

Peele appeared on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast as disqualified American Idol singer Jermaine Jones alongside Gillian Jacobs of Community.

In 2003, Peele joined the cast of MADtv for its ninth season. Around the time Keegan-Michael Key joined the cast as a featured performer, it was assumed that Key would be chosen over Peele.[citation needed] Peele performed celebrity impersonations, which included favorites Caroll Spinney (as the voice of Big Bird), Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Forest Whitaker.

Peele was absent for unknown reasons from the first four episodes of his second season on MADtv. He made a cameo in "Weird Al" Yankovic's video "White & Nerdy" with MADtv co-star Keegan-Michael Key.

Peele was nominated for a 2008 Emmy for his song "Sad Fitty Cent," a music video parody about 50 Cent lamenting over his rivalry with Kanye West. The lyrics were, according to the music video, written by Peele, and he was involved in arranging its music.

Peele appeared in a viral video titled "Hillary vs Obama" (which was shown as a MADtv sketch) where he and a Hillary Clinton supporter (played by short-term castmember Lisa Donovan) argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would make a better president, only to get upstaged by a Rudy Giuliani supporter (played by Donovan's brother, Ben). Peele auditioned to be a castmember for Saturday Night Live when SNL producers were looking for someone to play Barack Obama (around the time when SNL and MADtv — and other scripted shows — were put on hiatus due to the 2007-2008 Writers' Guild of America strike). Peele remained at MADtv, and the role went to Fred Armisen until September 2012, when Jay Pharoah took over the role.

After five seasons on MADtv, Peele left the cast at the end of the 13th season.

In 2010, Peele co-starred in the FOX comedy pilot The Station and appeared with a recurring role in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. He had a supporting role in the David Wain-directed comedy Wanderlust, which was released on February 24, 2012.

Peele and his former MADtv castmate and friend Keegan-Michael Key star in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, which began airing in 2012.

Peele and his comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key have starred in two episodes of Epic Rap Battles of History. The first featured Peele as Martin Luther King Jr and Key as Mahatma Gandhi, while the second featured Peele as Muhammad Ali and Key as Michael Jordan.

Peele also appeared in a parody music video with Jane Lynch for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, playing the role of "state" in process of breaking up with Lynch's "church".[1]

Together with his comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key, he played an FBI agent in a recurring role in the 2014 FX crime drama Fargo. In an interview with People magazine, Peele stated that he wanted both his and Key's roles to add comic relief to the show.

Peele and Key will be working with Judd Apatow on a feature-length film for Universal Pictures.[2]


Character Sketch First appearance Catch Phrase Notes
Dontel LaMontrose Inside Looking Out "Mmm, mmm, mmm"
"I love this woman!"
He is married to a white wife who makes racially insensitive remarks.
Funkenstein's Monster Dr. Funkenstein
Killbrain the Fury Astroman & Killbrain "ASStroman!" The arch enemy of Astroman who has to take on demeaning jobs because his elaborate plans fail.
Larvelle Dupree Real Mother****ing Talk He is one of Dollar Bill Montgomery's talk show guests.
Marcus Macleod Scottish Warlord He is a Scottish warlord who was violated by the English troops.
Melvin Dufrane 911 Police Report
Noodles Clownin' and Krumpin "Krumping!!!" He is an abusive krump dancer
Stingray Abercrombie and Fitch Season 10 He is an African American version of the Abercrombie and Fitch models/salesmen.
Ty Gray The Superstitious Knights "Man up!"
Tyrone Conkling Holly Meadow Estates
Leandro Kezeele Fashion Surprise


Movie appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Twisted Fortune G-Money
2010 Little Fockers EMT
2012 Wanderlust Rodney
2017 Captain Underpants Melvin Sneedly Voice

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
20032008 MADtv Cast Member Series Regular
2008 Chocolate News Kelvin Melvin Recurring Role
2009 Reno 911! Three-Card Monte Guy 1 episode
2009 SuperNews Various Voices Animated Series
20102013 Childrens Hospital Dr. Brian 8 episodes
2011 Love Bites Eli 1 episode
2012 – present Key & Peele Various Characters Star & Creator
2013 The Mindy Project Nick 1 episode
2013 Workaholics Mark 1 episode
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Tan Fu 1 episode
2013 Modern Family Derrick 1 episode
2013 Bob's Burgers Horace, Connie Fry 2 episodes
2014 Fargo Webb Pepper Recurring role (4 episodes)
2014 Drunk History Percy Julian 1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Award Category Result
2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated
2014 American Comedy Awards Alternative Comedy Series Won



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