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 33)
  • Comedian
  • writer
  • actor
Years active2008–present
Comedy career
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
GenresObservational comedy, satire

Jerrod Carmichael (/əˈrɒd/ jə-ROD; born June 22, 1987)[1] is an American stand-up comedian, actor and writer.[2][3] Carmichael co-created and starred in the semi-biographical NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show, which ran from 2015 to 2017.[4]

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.[3] 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.[5] He graduated from Robert B. Glenn High School in 2005.[6]

Carmichael's early comedic influences were stand-ups Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Sinbad, and George Carlin.[7]


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.[8] His first time doing stand-up was an open-mic night at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.[9] Working his way up through the clubs, Carmichael appeared in the "New Faces" showcase at the 2011 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.[10] Carmichael's breakout role was in the 2014 film Neighbors.[3][11] He was also on the TV show The Goodwin Games.[10]

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.[9][12] 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.[13]

His eponymous NBC sitcom, on which he starred and was a producer, was well-received[14] and was 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.[15] The show was semi-autobiographical.[16]

Carmichael was announced as an 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.

Carmichael's vocals were featured on Tyler, The Creator's 2019 album IGOR.

In June 2019, Carmichael was hired by Quentin Tarantino to co-write a film adaptation based on the Django/Zorro crossover comic book series.[17] Carmichael will next star in On the Count of Three, which will serve as his directorial debut.[18]

Personal life[edit]

During the special Home Videos Carmichael talked about his sexuality, revealing that he has had relationships with both men and women.[19][20]



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 Security Guard
2021 On the Count of Three Val Also director and producer


Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Actor Director Writer Executive Producer
2013 The Goodwin Games Yes Elijah 3 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Yes Pranked Guy Episode: "Zoe Saldana Wears a Tan Blouse & Glasses"
2013 Axe Cop Yes Guy (voice) Episode: "Babysitting Uni-Baby"
2014 Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2014–15 Lucas Bros Moving Co. Yes Jerrod (voice) 14 episodes
2015–17 The Carmichael Show Yes Yes Yes Jerrod Carmichael 32 episodes; also creator
2017 Jerrod Carmichael: 8 Yes Yes Himself Stand-up special
2018 Drew Michael: Drew Michael Yes Yes
2018–19 Rel Yes
2019 The Shop Yes Himself Episode: #2.1
2019 Ramy Yes
2019 Home Videos Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself Series documentary, also creator
2019 Sermon on the Mount Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself TV documentary

Music Videos[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "Jerrod Carmichael: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Producer (1987–)". (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.
    - Holson, Laura M. (July 17, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael's Comedy, and Tourism, Call for Reflection". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Weiner, Jonah (March 2, 2016). "Jerrod Carmichael Goes There". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Jerrod Carmichael's Brother Is Too Cool For His Show". Conan. TBS. August 25, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)Additional archive on July 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Jerrod Carmichael's Metric Of Success: How Many Cookies Is He Eating?". Conan. TBS. April 26, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b Lehman, Daneil (July 9, 2012). "10 Comics to Watch: Jerrod Carmichael Q&A". Backstage. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Husband, Andrew (March 10, 2017). "You Can Thank Jerrod Carmichael And Bo Burnham's Friendship For 2017's Best Comedy Special (So Far)". Uproxx. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 25, 2015). "TV Review: 'The Carmichael Show'". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
    - Sims, David (March 10, 2016). "The Carmichael Show Proves Sitcoms Can Still Be Provocative". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  15. ^ Yarm, Mark (November 24, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael: Meet the Comic Saving the Old-School Sitcom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 3, 2019). "Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino Working with Jerrod Carmichael on 'Django/Zorro' Movie". Collider. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (November 18, 2019). "Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott Lead Ensemble Cast In 'On The Count Of Three' For Valparaiso & Tom Werner's Werner Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  19. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (May 12, 2019). "Did Jerrod Carmichael Just Come Out in His HBO Special Home Videos?". TVLine. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  20. ^ Jerrod Carmichael On Being Confident In Sexuality, Parental Infidelity, Owning His Story + More on YouTube

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