Jaboukie Young-White

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Jaboukie Young-White
Born (1994-07-24) July 24, 1994 (age 28)
Other namesjaboukie
EducationDePaul University
  • Comedian
  • writer
  • actor
Years active2013–present

Jaboukie Young-White (born July 24, 1994[1][2]) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Young-White was born to Jamaican immigrants and raised in Harvey, Illinois.[1][3] He later attended Marian Catholic High School where he participated in Speech and Theatre before studying at DePaul University,[4] where he became involved in improv comedy through the collegiate improvisation program "The Titanic Players".[5] He ultimately left DePaul in his senior year to pursue his comedy career full-time.[6]


Young-White performed stand-up for the first time at an open mic night when he was 19; he was hired for his first stand-up gig when he was 21.[6] He continued to perform stand-up at several bars and clubs around Chicago and New York City, and was a finalist at the 2016 NYC Devil Cup Stand Up Festival.[7]

Beginning in late 2016, several of his memes, tweets, and posts went viral.[6][8] He subsequently gained prominence on social media, particularly on Twitter and Instagram, where he grew a large following.[9][10]

In 2017, he was featured on Rolling Stone's "25 Under 25: Meet the Young Musicians, Actors, Activists Changing the World" list.[11] The following year, he was included in Vulture's "20 Comedians You Should and Will Know" list.[12] In 2020, Young-White was placed on BET's "Future 40" list, which is a list of "40 of the most inspiring and innovative vanguards who are redefining what it means to be unapologetically young, gifted & black".[13] Since 2017, he has performed stand-up twice on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[14][15]

As of 2018, he writes for the Netflix television shows Big Mouth and American Vandal.[16] In October of that year, he was hired as a correspondent on The Daily Show;[17] he made his first appearance opposite Trevor Noah on October 11, 2018, and left in 2021.[18][19][20]

In early 2019, Young-White was negotiating to be a lead in an untitled Bo Burnham and Amy York Rubin film alongside Danielle Macdonald.[21]

On Martin Luther King Day (January 20, 2020), Young-White was temporarily banned from Twitter for posting a tweet posing as the FBI and claiming that they were responsible for the activist's assassination.[22]

On March 23, 2020, Twitter again suspended Young-White after he changed his display name and icon to that of the CNN Breaking News account, and tweeting: "BREAKING: Joe Biden is not DEAD. He just getting some dick. We've all been there cnn.com", thus making it appear as though CNN had posted the tweet.[23] His account was restored less than a day later. However, he was subsequently stripped of his verified status.[24]

In 2021, Young-White starred in the film Dating and New York. He also appeared opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the film C'mon C'mon and had a recurring role in the television series Only Murders in the Building.[25] He voiced the lead role of Truman in the animated series Fairfax.[26]

On June 10, 2021, it was announced that Young-White would be teaming up with Issa Rae and her production company Hoorae to develop the book The Gang's All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang Members by Vanessa R. Panfil into a series for HBO. He will write and executive produce the project.[27]

On July 20, 2021, it was announced that Young-White would be writing the script for an upcoming animated feature inspired by music of the late rapper Juice Wrld.[28]

In 2022, Young-White had a recurring role in Rae’s television show Rap Sh!t.[29] He also voice acted in the Disney+ series Baymax! and voiced main character Ethan Clade in the Disney animated feature Strange World.[30][31]

On September 30, 2022, Young-White released his debut single “BBC” via Interscope Records under the moniker "jaboukie."[32]

Personal life[edit]

In late 2017, Young-White came out as queer during his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He clarified that he identifies as gay in his second appearance on the program in late 2018.[33]

He is of Jamaican descent but often jokes that he is Italian.[34] He has two brothers, Javaughn and Javeigh.[35] He is an uncle to Adeya, the child of his brother Javaughn and singer Kehlani.[36] He has a Rottweiler named Callaloo.[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Rooftops and Fire Escapes Party Guy Short
2017 Rough Night Borat
2018 Set It Up Assistant Alex
Ralph Breaks the Internet McNeely Voice only
2019 Someone Great Mikey
Vanilla Garret
2021 Dating and New York Milo
C'mon C'mon Fernando
2022 Strange World Ethan Clade Voice only


Year Title Role Notes
2017–2018 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself Stand-up performer, 2 episodes [38]
2018 Influencer Duffer Stone TV movie
2018–present Big Mouth (voice) Episode: "Duke"; also writer
2018 American Vandal Writer
2018–2021 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Himself (correspondent) 57 episodes
2019 Crashing Himself Episode: "Jaboukie"
Total Forgiveness Himself Episode: "Stand-up/Diaries"
The Rank Room Himself Episode: "What Is the Worst Tattoo to Get?"
2020 BoJack Horseman (voice) 2 episodes
2020–2021 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Daniel 3 episodes
2021–2022 Only Murders in the Building Sam 5 episodes
2021 Fairfax Truman (voice) 8 episodes
2022 Baymax! Mbita (voice) 2 episodes
2022 Rap Sh!t Francois Boom 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Black Tylenol Martin [39]



  • "bbc" (2022)
  • "ROCKWHYLER" (2022)

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Notes
"bbc" 2022 Jaboukie Young-White [40]
"ROCKWHYLER" 2022 Jaboukie Young-White [41]


  1. ^ a b NerdyPOC (May 10, 2017). "Jaboukie Young-White, On Online Activism, Black Twitter Not Getting Credit and Mental Health". Medium. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Young-White, Jaboukie [@jaboukie] (July 24, 2019). "hey it's my birthday today and for it i'm asking u to please donate to @TheOkraProject" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ ""Not Offended, Just Bored" — Meet Jaboukie Young-White". Mask Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Marian Catholic senior captures two IHSA state speech championships". nwitimes.com. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sausage McGuffin Facebook profile". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Mullane, Pat. "Former DePaul student goes viral, starts career as a comedian". The DePaulia. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jaboukie Young-White on the Zen of Memes". Vulture. September 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "This Guy's Instagram Captions Are Gloriously Extra". BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) | Twitter". Retrieved July 9, 2018 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved July 9, 2018 – via Instagram.
  11. ^ "25 Under 25: Meet the Musicians, Actors, Activists Changing the World". Rolling Stone. July 19, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  12. ^ Pitchel, Jesse David Fox, Jake Kroeger, Samantha. "20 Comedians You Should and Will Know". Vulture. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "BET Digital celebrates black excellence with new original editorial series". Chicago Defender. February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Jaboukie Young-White Takes on 'Masc' Queer Men in Hilarious Standup". Out.com. December 15, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "'The Daily Show' Adds Jaboukie Young-White as Correspondent". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Donald Glover fan goes viral after posting photo of encounter on Twitter". The Independent. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Evans, Greg (October 11, 2018). "Jaboukie Young-White Joins 'The Daily Show' As Correspondent". Deadline. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Chicago comedian schools Trevor Noah in his 'Daily Show' debut". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 11, 2018). "Jaboukie Young-White Joins 'Daily Show With Trevor Noah' as Correspondent". Variety. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  20. ^ White, Peter (November 11, 2021). "'The Daily Show': Correspondent Jaboukie Young-White Exits Comedy Central Late-Night Series". Deadline. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  21. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 19, 2019). "Danielle Macdonald, Jaboukie Young-White Set For Paramount Players Pic". Deadline. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  22. ^ Pollowitz, Greg (January 21, 2020). "The Daily Show's Jaboukie Young-White gets booted off Twitter for spoofing the official FBI account". Twitchy. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  23. ^ Haasch, Palmer (March 24, 2020). "Twitter suspended Jaboukie over fake CNN tweet about Joe Biden". Insider. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  24. ^ Moen, Matt (March 24, 2020). "Why #FreeJaboukie Is Trending". Paper. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  25. ^ "Jaboukie Young-White | Speaking Fee, Booking Agent, & Contact Info | CAA Speakers". www.caa.com. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  26. ^ Zorrilla, Mónica Marie (September 29, 2021). "Kiersey Clemons, Jaboukie Young-White to Star in Amazon's Adult Animated Comedy 'Fairfax'". Variety. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  27. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 10, 2021). "Jaboukie Young-White Adapting 'Gang's All Queer' for HBO, Issa Rae". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  28. ^ Grobar, Matt (July 20, 2021). "Modern Magic: Adam Rosenberg & Rodney Rothman Launch Company Focused On Event Animation And Live-Action". Deadline.
  29. ^ Petski, Denise (August 6, 2021). "'Rap Sh*t': Issa Rae's HBO Max Series Adds Four To Cast". Deadline. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  30. ^ "Disney+ to Debut Walt Disney Animation Studios' New Series 'Baymax!' on June 29". The Walt Disney Company. May 20, 2022. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  31. ^ Salazar, Andrew J. (September 21, 2022). "Meet Jaboukie Young-White's New Disney Character in 'Strange World'". DiscussingFilm. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  32. ^ "jaboukie Young-White Releases New Song and Video "BBC"". Complex. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  33. ^ "This Stand-Up Comic Just Hilariously Came Out to His Parents on National TV". Pride.com. December 14, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  34. ^ Longo, Joseph (March 2020). "How Every Shitposter Became Italian". Mel magazine. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  35. ^ @Jaboukie (July 27, 2017). "Jaboukie Young-White with his two brothers" (Tweet). Retrieved July 10, 2018 – via Twitter.
  36. ^ "Kehlani Gave Birth to a Baby Girl Named Adeya". out.com. March 26, 2019. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  37. ^ "jaboukie young-white on Instagram: "callaloo says hi"". Retrieved August 26, 2020 – via Instagram.
  38. ^ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (December 13, 2017), Jaboukie Young-White Stand-Up, retrieved April 15, 2018
  39. ^ Never Sad (February 28, 2017), Black Tylenol, retrieved May 21, 2019
  40. ^ jaboukie - BBC, retrieved October 7, 2022
  41. ^ jaboukie - ROCKWHYLER (Official Music Video), retrieved December 9, 2022

Further reading[edit]

  1. ^ Online version is titled "The standup who doubles as a digital Emily Post".

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