|Birth name||Jordan Carlos|
|Medium||Stand-up, television, television personality|
|Years active||2001 - present|
|Notable works and roles||The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
The Colbert Report
Jordan Carlos is an American stand-up comedian who played a recurring character on The Colbert Report and is a co-host on the Nickelodeon kids' show Me TV. He currently appears as a panelist and reporter on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
After graduating from Brown University in 2001, Carlos went to work as a copywriter in a New York ad firm. Carlos did this during the day and used the significant paycheck to finance a career in stand-up. Eventually, Carlos chose to abandon advertising altogether, although he feels he had trouble finding a niche audience because he "wasn't a stereotypical black man". He learned to use that characteristic as the basis for many of his jokes.
Role in the Colbert Report
On The Colbert Report, Carlos played Alan, host Stephen Colbert's "black friend". Whenever Colbert discussed racial issues, he often asked that a picture of him with his African-American coworker Alan be shown on screen. Colbert sometimes referred to him as "Alan, my black friend Alan". Alan first appeared on a Martin Luther King Day program when Colbert, complaining about having to work on the holiday, brought Alan into the argument, hoping that Alan was angry because he had to work, too. To Colbert's surprise, Alan was not.
On The Nightly Show
Carlos is a writer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, but also appears in sketches and is often on the panel. His characters include Carlos Jordanson, a Hillary Clinton campaign aide, and Dennis Rodman.
In 2008, Carlos did voice work for the animated comedy webseries Amazing the Lion hosted by the Independent Comedy Network. Carlos has appeared as a special guest in "Episode 253: Chuuch" of the Keith and the Girl podcast. He also made an appearance in Nickelback's "Rockstar" music video and has been a commentator on the E! Network's Worst Dating Show Moments. He made a brief appearance in the buddy cop film Cop Out. Also, he played the Math teacher in the short film The Old Man and the Seymour and he was cast in a main role on the MTV series I Just Want My Pants Back.