Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore St Marys College MD.jpg
Wilmore at St. Mary's College of Maryland, April 29th 2011
Born (1961-10-30) October 30, 1961 (age 53)
Alma mater California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Occupation Political satirist, writer, producer, television host, actor, media critic, comedian
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Leilani Jones
Children 2
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up comedy, film, television
Genres Sketch comedy, news satire, improvisational comedy, political satire, observational comedy, blue comedy
Subject(s) American culture, American politics, American conservatism, political punditry, popular culture, current events, mass media/news media, egomania, xenophobia, discrimination based on skin color, sexuality
Influences Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor[1]
Notable works and roles The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
The Daily Show
In Living Color
The PJs
The Bernie Mac Show
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
2002 The Bernie Mac Show

Larry Wilmore (born October 30, 1961) is an American political satirist, writer, producer, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. On May 9, 2014 Comedy Central announced that Wilmore would host a new series to replace The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, set to premiere in January 2015.

Early life[edit]

Wilmore grew up in suburban Los Angeles, in a Catholic family.[2][3] His father is a doctor.[3] His family is from Evanston, Illinois. [4] He has a younger brother, Marc, who is also a television writer, actor, and producer.[3]

Wilmore studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, but dropped out to pursue acting and stand-up comedy.[3]


Beginning in the 1980s, Wilmore appeared as an actor in several small film and television roles, including a recurring role as a police officer on The Facts of Life. In the early to mid-1990s, he was on the writing staff of the talk show Into the Night With Rick Dees, the sketch comedy show In Living Color, and the sitcom Sister, Sister, where he portrayed a bus driver in one episode. Wilmore went on to be a writer and producer on a series of sitcoms, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show.

In 1999, Wilmore co-created the animated comedy The PJs[5] with Eddie Murphy and was Executive Producer until its conclusion in 2001. He subsequently created[5] and produced The Bernie Mac Show, and he won an Emmy for writing the pilot episode. He also created and produced Whoopi, with Whoopi Goldberg. From 2005 to 2007, he was a consulting producer for The Office and made an appearance on the show as Mr. Brown, during the episode, "Diversity Day" as a diversity consultant.[3][5]

In 2006, Wilmore began appearing regularly on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he is billed as the "Senior Black Correspondent" or a derivative form of the title, such as the "Senior Executive Commander-in-Chief Who Happens To Be Black Correspondent" following the election of Barack Obama.[3] His work on the show frequently centers on humorous observations of the Black experience in American society.[2][3] In January 2009, Hyperion published Wilmore's I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, a political humor book described by Booklist as "a faux collection of articles, essays, radio transcripts, and letters exploring the more ludicrous angles on race." Wilmore originated the titular phrase I'd Rather We Got Casinos in a January 2007 Daily Show appearance.[6]

Wilmore has continued to make occasional acting appearances, including a role as a minister in I Love You, Man (2009) and a supporting role in Dinner for Schmucks (2010).

In 2011, Wilmore began a recurring role on the ABC comedy Happy Endings, where he played Mr. Forristal, Brad's (Damon Wayans, Jr.) uptight boss.

As of 2012, Wilmore starred in the Showtime special titled Race, Religion and Sex that was shot in Salt Lake City, Utah. Part stand-up show, part town-hall meeting, the special is a precursor for a possible series that could take place in different cities.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore[edit]

With Stephen Colbert moving to CBS in 2015 to succeed David Letterman as host of Late Show, Comedy Central announced on May 9, 2014 that Wilmore would host a new series to replace The Colbert Report. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, is set to premiere in January 2015. Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions will produce the new show. Wilmore had been slated to be showrunner on the 2014 ABC sitcom "Black-ish" (on which he is still billed as an executive producer), but had to decline that slot to take the Comedy Central show.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Wilmore is married to actress Leilani Jones and has two children. He lives with his family in San Marino, California.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Good-bye, Cruel World Sergeant, Thug
1990 The Ghost Writer The Paramedic TV movie
2009 I Love You, Man Minister
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Williams
2012 Vamps Professor Quincy
2014 Date and Switch Mr. Vernon


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Facts of Life Officer Ziaukus 2 episodes
1986 Sledge Hammer! Mail Man, Terrorist #3 2 episodes
1992 In Living Color Various 2 episodes
1994 Sister, Sister Bus Driver 2 episodes
1999 The PJs Various voices 2 episodes
2005–2007 The Office Mr. Brown 3 episodes
2006–2014 The Daily Show Himself 77 episodes
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Larry, Jimmy 2 episodes
2008 How I Met Your Mother Dr. Greer Episode: "Everything Must Go"
2009–2010 Accidentally on Purpose Dr. Roland 5 episodes
2011 Traffic Light Harvey 2 episodes
2011 Love Bites The Boss Episode: "Firsts"
2011–2012 Happy Endings Mr. Forristal 2 episodes
2012 Bullet in the Face Racken's Mafiosi #1 Episode: "The World Stage"
2013 Malibu Country Mr. Clark 2 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Historian Episode: "A Hard Drive to Swallow"
2013 Instant Mom Franklin Turner Episode: "The Gift of the Maggies"
2014 Playing House Dr. Ullman Episode: "37 Weeks"
2015 The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Himself (host) Also writer, executive producer

As a crew member[edit]

Year Title Notes
1990–1991 Into the Night 6 episodes; writer
1991–1993 In Living Color 58 episodes; writer
1994–1995 Sister, Sister 5 episodes; writer
1995–1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 24 episodes; co-producer, writer
1996–1997 The Jamie Foxx Show 21 episodes; writer, supervising producer
1997–1998 Teen Angel 17 episodes; writer, consulting producer
1999–2001 The PJs 43 episodes; co-creator, writer, executive producer
2001–2006 The Bernie Mac Show 104 episodes; creator, writer, director, executive producer
2003–2004 Whoopi 22 episodes; writer, executive producer
2005–2007 The Office 50 episodes; writer, consulting producer
2011 Love Bites 8 episodes; writer, consulting producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1992 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program In Living Color Nominated
1999 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program The PJs Nominated
2001 Peabody Award The Bernie Mac Show Won
2002 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Won
2003 Writers Guild of America Award Episodic Comedy The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2003 Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Network or Syndicated Television The Bernie Mac Show Won
2006 Writers Guild of America Award Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2006 Writers Guild of America Award New Series The Office Nominated
2008 Writers Guild of America Award Comedy Series The Office Nominated


  1. ^ "Larry Wilmore biography". TV Guide accessdate=2014-010-23. 
  2. ^ a b Bashir, Martin and Dan Morris. "Veteran TV Writer Moves in Front of the Camera." ABC News, 2007-10-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Lee, Felicia R."They Call Me Mister Correspondent." New York Times, 2007-04-02.
  4. ^ Wilmore, Larry "Larry Wilmore: The Wilmore Report."Chicago Humanities Festival, 2012-11-19.
  5. ^ a b c "'Black Thoughts' With Comedian Larry Wilmore". NPR. February 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Black History Month (video clip from episode of television show). The Daily Show. Comedy Central. January 31, 2007. Jon Stewart: Don't you feel that black history month serves a purpose? Larry Wilmore: Yes, the purpose of making up for centuries of oppression with 28 days of trivia. You know what? I'd rather we got casinos. 
  7. ^ Carter, Bill "Larry Wilmore to Take Place of Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central."New York Times, 2014-05-09.

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