Jordan Klepper

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Jordan Klepper
Jordan Klepper (cropped).jpg
Klepper in June 2015
Born (1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 43)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
  • Television
  • theatre
  • film
  • books
Years active2011–present
Laura Grey
(m. 2013)

Jordan Klepper (born March 9, 1979) is an American comedian, journalist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, and actor. He began his career as a member of The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade. From 2014 to 2017, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show. He started his own satirical program, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, which was cancelled in 2018. He then starred in the 2019 docuseries, Klepper, before returning to The Daily Show later that year.

Early life[edit]

Jordan Klepper was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on March 9, 1979,[2] the son of Betse, a secretary at Loy Norrix High School, and Mark Klepper.[3] Betse and Mark were introduced to each other by Betse's cousin, the actor and comedian Tim Allen, who was Mark's roommate at Western Michigan University.[4] Klepper attended Kalamazoo Central High School and Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center, where he was a tennis player and a member of the Mock Trial Team that won Nationals.[3]

After graduating from high school, with a Frederick W. Heyl and Elsie L. Heyl Science Scholarship Fund[5][6] full-tuition scholarship from Kalamazoo College, in 1997,[3] Klepper double-majored in math and theater at Kalamazoo College and received his degree in 2001.[3][7][8] He, while at Kalamazoo College, studied abroad in London.[3] While he was at Kalamazoo College, his sister befriended aspiring actor Steven Yeun and took him to see Klepper's improv show, which inspired Yeun to attend his first acting class.[9]


Klepper interviewing protestors against a New York COVID-19 vaccine mandate in August 2021

After graduation, Klepper moved to Chicago, where he performed at The Second City. While there, he also worked for the Big Ten Network as a comedian on the show Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate.[10] He moved to New York City in 2011, where he began performing as a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade.[11][12]

Klepper debuted on The Daily Show on March 3, 2014, four days after his initial audition.[2][11] He received consistently positive reviews for his segments on the show,[13] and filled in as the host in October 2016 when Trevor Noah was sick.

In April 2017, Comedy Central announced that Klepper would host a new show in the fall, which would follow The Daily Show.[14] A special titled Jordan Klepper Solves Guns premiered on Comedy Central on June 11, 2017. The new show was titled The Opposition with Jordan Klepper and premiered on September 25.[15] The show was canceled in June 2018, with Klepper starting a new docuseries, Klepper, which aired in 2019.[16][17] He returned to The Daily Show in December 2019.[18]


Klepper has said that his comedy influences include Trevor Noah,[19] Stephen Colbert,[20] and Jon Stewart.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Klepper married Laura Grey in 2013. The two met as members of The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade and later wrote, directed, produced, and starred in short films.[22]


Klepper and his wife, Laura Grey, in March 2009


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bone Dry Jordan Short film
2011 TMI Kelen Short film
2012 Poop Brunch Jordan Short film
2012 Engaged Jordan Short film
2012 Ex-Girlfriends Student Short film
2012 Bathroom Party Jordan Short film
2013 Who's On First? Jeremy Short film
2014 Peepers Todd Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I Just Want My Pants Back Manager Episode: "Jerk or Dork"
The Daily Show Himself 170 episodes
2015 Halal in the Family Wally Thompson Episode: "Spies Like Us"
2017 Jordan Klepper Solves Guns Himself TV special
2017–2018 The Opposition with Jordan Klepper Himself 128 episodes
Host, co-creator, writer, executive producer
2019 Klepper Himself 8 episodes
Host, creator, executive producer
2021 The Ghost and Molly McGee Pete McGee Main voice role


Year Association Category Work Result
2018 GLAAD Media Award[23] Outstanding Talk Show Episode The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (episode "Danica Roem") Nominated


  1. ^ "Jordan Klepper Has a Hard Time Being Nice to Trump Supporters". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "Michigan native Jordan Klepper debuts as 'Daily Show' correspondent". Detroit Free Press. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jordan Klepper, K-Central and KAMSC Class of 1997, Comedian, Writer and Correspondent" (PDF). Kalamazoo Public Schools Excelsior. November 2014. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 31, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "New 'Daily Show' correspondent on Kalamazoo, Jon Stewart and why he owes his life to Tim Allen". April 1, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "HISTORY – Heyl Scholarships". Kalamazoo College. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  6. ^ "Heyl Scholarships". Kalamazoo College. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  7. ^ Liberty, John (March 4, 2014). "'The Daily Show' debut: Watch Jon Stewart tell Kalamazoo native Jordan Klepper to 'go back to Crimea'". Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "CLASS NOTES". Kalamazoo College. January 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "ON THE ROAD WITH STEVEN YEUN". Interview Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  10. ^ Perlman, Jason (March 3, 2014). "'The Daily Show': Get to know new correspondent Jordan Klepper". Entertainment Weekly.
  11. ^ a b Snetiker, Marc (March 4, 2014). "'Daily Show' correspondent Jordan Klepper talks about new gig | Inside TV". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  12. ^ Snetiker, Marc (March 3, 2014). "'The Daily Show': Get to know new correspondent Jordan Klepper | PopWatch". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  13. ^ Sims, David (June 12, 2017). "Is Jordan Klepper the Future of Comedy Central?". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 4, 2017). "Jordan Klepper of 'The Daily Show' Is Getting His Own Show". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  15. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (July 25, 2017). "'The Daily Show' Spinoff Starring Jordan Klepper Gets Title & Premiere Date On Comedy Central – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 15, 2018). "'The Opposition' To End As Comedy Central Orders New Jordan Klepper Weekly Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Megh Wright (March 26, 2019). "Jordan Klepper's New Comedy Central Show Debuts in May". Vulture.
  19. ^ Neophytou, Nadia (December 26, 2017). "Trevor Noah Puts on Executive Producer Hat for New Show". Eyewitness News. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jordan Klepper Is Okay With The Stephen Colbert Comparisons". Uproxx. September 25, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  21. ^ Van Luling, Todd (December 6, 2017). "Jordan Klepper Channels Jon Stewart In His Own Search For Sanity". HuffPost. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  22. ^ Seikaly, Andrea (March 3, 2014). "'Daily Show' Taps UCB's Jordan Klepper to Replace John Oliver". Variety. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  23. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 19, 2018). "GLAAD Media Awards: The Complete List of Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2018.

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