Jordan Klepper

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Jordan Klepper
Jordan Klepper (cropped).jpg
Klepper in 2015
Born (1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 40)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
  • Television
  • theatre
  • film
  • books
EducationKalamazoo Central High School
Alma materKalamazoo College
Years active2011–present
Laura Grey (m. 2013)

Jordan Klepper (born March 9, 1979) is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted the satirical Comedy Central program The Opposition with Jordan Klepper from 2017 to 2018, and he starred in the docuseries, Klepper, which aired in 2019.

Klepper began his career as a member of The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade, where he met his wife Laura Grey. Soon after, they began producing and starring in their own short films that they wrote together. In 2014 Klepper became a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as host. He remained in the show with Trevor Noah until 2017, and returned in December 2019 to be on the campaign trail with Trump supporters.

Early life[edit]

Jordan Klepper, the oldest of his siblings, is from Kalamazoo, Michigan.[1] His mother, Betse Klepper, is a lead secretary at Loy Norrix High School.[2] His father, Mark Klepper, was a roommate of actor Tim Allen while attending Western Michigan University. Allen introduced his cousin, Betse, to Mark, and they eventually married.[3]

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.[2] He graduated as a Heyl scholar in 1997.[2] He double-majored in math and theater at Kalamazoo College and received his degree in 2001.[2][4][5] Klepper studied abroad in London.[2] At Kalamazoo College, he met Steven Yeun through his sister.[6]


Klepper and his wife, Laura Grey

After graduation, Klepper moved to Chicago where he performed at The Second City. While in Chicago, Klepper also worked for the Big Ten Network as a comedian on the show "Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate."[7]

He moved to New York City in 2011, where he began performing as a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade.[8][9]

On March 3, 2014, Klepper debuted on The Daily Show, four days after his audition.[1][8] He received consistently good reviews for his segments on the show[10] and filled in as the host in October 2016 while Trevor Noah was sick. In April 2017, Comedy Central announced that Klepper would host a new show, debuting in the fall, that would follow The Daily Show.[11] He returned to the show in 2019.[12]

A special titled Jordan Klepper Solves Guns premiered on Comedy Central on June 11, 2017. In July 2017, the new show was titled The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, and it premiered on September 25, 2017.[13][14] The show was canceled in June 2018, accompanied by the ordering of a new series called Klepper, a primetime weekly talk show that aired in 2019.[15][16]

Klepper has said his comedy influences are Trevor Noah,[17] Stephen Colbert[18] and Jon Stewart.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Klepper married Laura Grey in 2013. The two met while they worked on short films which they wrote, produced, and starred in.[20]



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
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 (correspondent) 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 Jordan Klepper (host) 128 episodes; also co-creator, writer, and executive producer
2019 Klepper Himself (host) 8 episodes; also creator and executive producer


Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2018 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Talk Show Episode The Opposition with Jordan Klepper for "Danica Roem" Nominated [21]


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

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