Jordan Carlos

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Jordan Carlos
Birth nameJordan Carlos
MediumStand-up, television, television personality
Years active2001 - present
Notable works and rolesThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
Guy Code
The Colbert Report
WebsiteOfficial Website

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 also appeared as a panelist and reporter on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

Early career[edit]

After graduating from Brown University in 2001, Carlos went to work as a copywriter in a New York ad firm.[1] Carlos did this during the day so he could perform stand-up comedy at night and on weekends. 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".[citation needed] He learned to use that characteristic as the basis for many of his jokes.[citation needed]

Role on The Colbert Report[edit]

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 co-worker 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[edit]

Carlos was a writer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and also appeared in sketches and, often, on the panel. His characters include Carlos Jordanson (a Hillary Clinton campaign aide) and Dennis Rodman.

Other appearances[edit]

In 2008, Carlos did voice work for the animated comedy webseries Amazing the Lion hosted by the Independent Comedy Network.[2] 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.

Carlos has also made appearances in's original videos. Most recently, he portrayed President Barack Obama hosting a barbecue in the video entitled, "Barack Obama's BBQ".[3]

Jordan was a cast member on Guy Code, Guy Court and Girl Code. Jordan also appeared on two episodes of season 1 of MTV's "Joking Off".[4] He also provided the voice of Gene on the animated series Super 4, however, he later quit after the second season premiere to focus more on his comedy-career, who had to be replaced after.


  1. ^ Carlos, Jordan (2007-01-07). "My Shtick? Being Black". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  2. ^ "Amazing the Lion Episodes 1-5 Credits".
  3. ^ "CollegeHumor Originals: Barack Obama's BBQ". Archived from the original on July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "EpGuides: Joking Off".

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