Jerrod Carmichael

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Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael at the Del Monte Speakeasy (cropped).jpg
Carmichael in May 2013
Born (1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 31)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S
Occupation Stand-up comedian, Actor, Writer
Years active 2008-present
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up comedy, television, film, acting, writing, producing
Nationality American
Genres Observational comedy, satire
Subject(s) Pop culture, race relations

Jerrod Carmichael (/əˈrɒd/ jə-ROD; born June 22, 1987)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.[2][3][4] Carmichael created and starred in the semi-biographical NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show.[5]

Early life[edit]

Carmichael was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,[1] the son of Cynthia, a secretary, and Joe Carmichael, a truck driver. He has an older brother, Joe Carmichael Jr.[4] He was raised in the Morningside neighborhood. Carmichael grew up poor, which is a frequent topic in his stand-up comedy. In fifth grade, he hosted a morning news show on his elementary school's local access channel.[6] He graduated from Robert B. Glenn High School in 2005.[7]

Carmichael's early comedic influences were stand-ups Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Sinbad, and George Carlin.[8]

Career[edit]

Carmichael at The Comedy Store in August 2010

At the age of 20, Carmichael moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a stand-up comic, before he had ever tried stand-up.[9] His first time doing stand-up was an open-mic night at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.[10] Working his way up through the clubs, Carmichael appeared in the "New Faces" showcase at the 2011 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.[11] Carmichael's breakout role was in the 2014 film Neighbors.[4][12] He was also on the TV show The Goodwin Games.[11]

He has released two stand-up HBO comedy specials. The first, Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store, was released in 2014. It was directed by Spike Lee and filmed at The Comedy Store, where Carmichael had first performed stand-up.[10][13] The second, Jerrod Carmichael: 8, was released on March 11, 2017. It was filmed in the New York Masonic Hall's Grand Lodge Room and directed by comedian Bo Burnham.[14]

His eponymous NBC sitcom, on which he stars and is a producer, has been well-received[15][16] and is notable for its envelope-pushing approach to topical subjects like Black Lives Matter, LGBT issues, gun rights, politics, and the reality of being African American in the United States.[17] The show is semi-autobiographical.[18]

Carmichael was announced as a executive producer for the multi-camera sitcom Rel starring his former Carmichael Show co-star Lil Rel Howery. The show was picked up by Fox in May 2018.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Neighbors Garf
2015 The Meddler Freddy
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Garf
2017 The Disaster Artist Actor Friend
Transformers: The Last Knight Jimmy
Ferdinand Paco (voice)
2018 Mid90s

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Goodwin Games Elijah 3 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Pranked Guy Episode: "Zoe Saldana Wears a Tan Blouse & Glasses"
2013 Axe Cop Guy (voice) Episode: "Babysitting Uni-Baby"
2014 Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store Himself Stand-up special
2014–2015 Lucas Bros Moving Co. Jerrod (voice) 14 episodes
2015–2017 The Carmichael Show Jerrod Carmichael 32 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer
2017 Jerrod Carmichael: 8 Himself Stand-up special

As producer[edit]

Year Title Role
2018 Drew Michael Executive Producer
2018 Rel Executive Producer
As director
Year Title Role
2018 Drew Michael Director

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Ross Geller

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jerrod Carmichael: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian (1987–)". Biography.com (FYI / A&E Networks). Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Seabaugh, Julie (October 6, 2014). "12 Things to Know About Stand-Up Comedian Jerrod Carmichael". New York. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Holson, Laura M. (July 17, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael's Comedy, and Tourism, Call for Reflection". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Weiner, Jonah (March 2, 2016). "Jerrod Carmichael Goes There". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Barshad, Amos (October 3, 2014). "Garf Comes Alive: The Imminent Stand-up Stardom of Jerrod Carmichael". Grantland. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jerrod Carmichael's Brother Is Too Cool For His Show". Conan. TBS. August 25, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ Clodfelter, Tim (March 26, 2015). "Local comedian to star in NBC sitcom". Winston-Salem Journal. North Carolina. Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2016.  Additional WebCitation archive on July 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Comedian Jerrod Carmichael Joins the Dan Patrick Show Live in Los Angeles (Full Interview) 5/1/17". Dan Patrick Show Live. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Jerrod Carmichael's Metric Of Success: How Many Cookies Is He Eating?". Conan. TBS. April 26, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Jerrod Carmichael Wants to Marry Meryl Streep". The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. NBC Television. August 4, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Lehman, Daneil (July 9, 2012). "10 Comics to Watch: Jerrod Carmichael Q&A". Backstage. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Zei, Michelle (July 31, 2015). "Rising Comic Jerrod Carmichael on Stand-Up, Millennials and Joking About Police Brutality". Paper. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Zinoman, Jason (October 1, 2014). "Stand-Up Through a Filmmaker's Lens: Spike Lee Enhances Jerrod Carmichael and Katt Williams". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Husband, Andrew (March 10, 2017). "You Can Thank Jerrod Carmichael And Bo Burnham's Friendship For 2017's Best Comedy Special (So Far)". Uproxx.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 25, 2015). "TV Review: 'The Carmichael Show'". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ Sims, David (March 10, 2016). "The Carmichael Show Proves Sitcoms Can Still Be Provocative". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ Yarm, Mark (November 24, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael: Meet the Comic Saving the Old-School Sitcom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ Stanhope, Kate (August 25, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael on His NBC Series, TV Comedies' "Empty Calories" and Networks' "Growing Pains"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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