Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore St Marys College MD.jpg
Wilmore at St. Mary's College of Maryland, April 29, 2011
Born Elister Larry Wilmore
(1961-10-30) October 30, 1961 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
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, black comedy, sarcasm
Subject(s) American culture, American politics, political punditry, popular culture, current events, mass media/news media, egomania, xenophobia, discrimination based on skin color, sexuality
Influences Johnny Carson, Stephen Colbert, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart[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

Elister Larry Wilmore (born October 30, 1961) is an American political satirist, writer, producer, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a late-night panel talk show, which premiered on January 19, 2015 on Comedy Central.

Early life[edit]

Elister Larry Wilmore was born on October 30, 1961 in Los Angeles,[2] and grew up in Pomona,[3] in the suburban Los Angeles area, in a Catholic family.[4][5] His father is Doctor Larry Wilmore and his mother is Betty Wilmore (nee, Anderson).[5] His family is from Evanston, Illinois.[6][7] He is the third of six children. He has two older sisters Juanita and Debbie, a younger sister named Brenda and two younger brothers David and Marc, who is also a television writer, actor, and producer.[5][7]

Wilmore studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, but dropped out to pursue acting and stand-up comedy.[5]

Career[edit]

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 (his younger brother, Marc, was also a writer with In Living Color, but, unlike Larry, was also a cast member), 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[8] with Eddie Murphy and was Executive Producer until its conclusion in 2001. He subsequently created[8] 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.[5][8]

In 2006, Wilmore began appearing regularly on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he was 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.[5] His work on the show frequently centered on humorous observations of the Black experience in American society.[4][5] 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.[9]

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 was the basis for a possible series that would take place in different cities.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore[edit]

On May 9, 2014 it was announced that Wilmore was selected to host a late-night talk show on Comedy Central, to replace The Colbert Report following Stephen Colbert's departure from the network to host Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS.[10][11] The show is titled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and is produced by Jon Stewart's production company, Busboy Productions.[12] It premiered on January 19, 2015, and airs Mondays through Thursdays at 11:30 PM (EST) following The Daily Show.

Personal life[edit]

Wilmore is married to actress Leilani Jones and has two children, John and Lauren.[7] Wilmore resided in San Marino, California with his family,[13] until moving to New York City to work on Daily Show and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.[14][15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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 78 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"
2012 Race, Religion and Sex Himself Stand-up special
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–present The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Himself (host) Also writer, executive producer
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Principal Larry (voice) 8 episodes

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
2014–present Black-ish Executive 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
1996 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Favorite TV Show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Nominated
1996 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Nominated
1997 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Nominated
1998 Young Artist Award Best Family TV Comedy Series Teen Angel Nominated
1999 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Jamie Foxx Show Nominated
1999 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program The PJs Nominated
2001 Peabody Award The Bernie Mac Show Won
2001 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Jamie Foxx Show Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2002 TCA Award Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Bernie Mac Show Won
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Breakout Show 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 Young Artist Award Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama) The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Won
2003 Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Network or Syndicated Television The Bernie Mac Show Won
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2003 Satellite Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy The Bernie Mac Show Won
2004 Young Artist Award Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama) The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2004 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Won
2004 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Whoopi Nominated
2004 BET Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Won
2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2004 Satellite Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2005 BET Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Won
2005 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Won
2005 Satellite Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2006 Writers Guild of America Award Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2006 Writers Guild of America Award New Series The Office Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2008 Writers Guild of America Award Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2015 People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Comedy Black-ish Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Black-ish Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Wilmore biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Elister L Wilmore, Born 10/30/1961 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=387233090
  4. ^ a b Bashir, Martin and Dan Morris. "Veteran TV Writer Moves in Front of the Camera." ABC News, 2007-10-10.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Lee, Felicia R."They Call Me Mister Correspondent." New York Times, 2007-04-02.
  6. ^ Wilmore, Larry "Larry Wilmore: The Wilmore Report."Chicago Humanities Festival, 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ a b c "I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts". Google Books. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "'Black Thoughts' With Comedian Larry Wilmore". NPR. February 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Carter, Bill. "A Successor to ‘Colbert’ Is Named". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Carter, Bill. "Late Success for Latecomer to Late Night 'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Premieres Jan. 19". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Carter, Bill "Larry Wilmore to Take Place of Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central."New York Times, 2014-05-09.
  13. ^ Hawai'i Tony winner back in N.Y. spotlight - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper
  14. ^ Sims, David (January 21, 2015). "The Fearless Comedy of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ Larry Wilmore on biography.com

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