Lamorne Morris

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Lamorne Morris
Lamorne Morris.jpg
Morris at PaleyFest in March 2012
Born (1983-08-14) August 14, 1983 (age 37)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2002–present

Lamorne Morris (born August 14, 1983) is an American actor, comedian and television personality. He played Winston Bishop in the Fox sitcom New Girl (2011-2018) and Darrin Morris in the National Geographic docudrama Valley of the Boom (2019). He has also had supporting roles in the films Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Game Night (2018), and The Christmas Chronicles (2018). He currently stars in the Hulu comedy Woke.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Morris is originally from Glen Ellyn, a suburb near Chicago. He attended Glenbard South High School. Morris graduated from the College of DuPage in 2003,[2] The Second City Training Center, and was a member of Second City's Outreach And Diversity Ensemble. He made his TV debut as host of his own show HotWyred on BET, a witty interactive tech and gaming show. Morris has since become a familiar funny guy as one of BET’s most visible on-air personalities, with his comedic antics and coverage for many of the network’s top-rated shows. From signature skits like “The Package” leading up to the annual BET Awards to segments for 106 & Park, BET’s Spring Bling: Fashion 5-0, 106 & Party, Top 100 Countdown, Grammy Nomination Special, and many more. Most recently Morris has been seen as the co-host of the daily music and entertainment news show BET Now with Alesha Renee.

Morris has appeared in several award-winning independent films and shorts including April Fools (Code Black), One Word (Panel Select at Cannes) and voiceover work for animated comedy Urban Group Squirrels.[citation needed] He studied theatre at the College of DuPage near Chicago and is a recipient of the Chris Farley Memorial Acting Scholarship. With his recent relocation from New York to Los Angeles, Morris has begun developing several of his own show concepts and is up for several film and television projects.[citation needed]

Morris can be seen in commercials including ones for State Farm Insurance, Taco Bell, Twix, Miller Lite, Las Vegas, 7 Up, Edge, Sears, Microsoft Windows, Chili's, McDonald's, Ford, Bank of Montreal, and Hornitos Tequila.

Morris is featured in the supporting role of Winston in the Zooey Deschanel anchored comedy series New Girl, which premiered September 20, 2011, on Fox.[3] However, Morris did not appear until the second episode[4] - originally, Damon Wayans Jr. was a member of the cast, in the supporting role of Coach. However, Wayans' other comedy series, Happy Endings, had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role,[5] but later decided not to recast and instead wrote his character out in the second episode.

Morris has also appeared in some YouTube videos by the channels Funny or Die and, more recently, "Water". Morris featured in one of Water's videos starring Matt Damon which aim to increase awareness about the lack of water in developing countries. Also, Morris starred in a parody music video of the song "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo in the YouTube channel "Bart Baker" as Jason Derulo in August 2014.

In November 2018 it was announced that Hulu would be producing a half-hour sitcom, titled Woke, based on cartoonist Keith Knight's autobiographical comic strip The K Chronicles. Morris will be playing Knight.[6]

Morris is an avid baseball and basketball fan, supporting the Chicago White Sox, and mentioning that every room in his house has something to do with basketball [7]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Urban Ground Squirrels Little David Voice
2009 To Have & Have More Michael's Agent
2012 Belizean James: No Gold Anything Belizean James Short film
2014 Sex Ed Bobby the Bouncer
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Jerrod
2017 Sandy Wexler Bling
2018 Game Night Kevin Sterling
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Mikey Jameson
2019 Yesterday Head of Marketing
Jumanji: The Next Level Heater Repair Man
2020 Bloodshot Wilfred Wigans
Desperados Sean McGuire


Year Title Role Notes
2009 BrainRush Host
2010 The Middle Salesman Episode: "Royal Wedding"
2011 The Assistants Scott Smiley Television film
The Guild Craven Episode: "Megagame-o-ramacon!"
2011–2018 New Girl Winston Bishop Principal cast, 7 seasons
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards TV Breakout Star: Male
2013 Drunk History Martin Luther King Jr. Episode: "Atlanta"
Dear Secret Santa Jack Television film
2014 Kroll Show Tony Bell Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown"
2015 Lucas Bros. Moving Co. Karlton (voice) Episode: "Nutopia"
2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Grandmaster (voice) Episode: "All Belts Are Off"
SMILF Adult Larry Episode: "Run, Bridgette, Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum"
2018 Hell's Kitchen Himself Guest diner; Episode: "All–Star Finale"
2019 Valley of the Boom Darrin Morris
Squinters Frank
2020 Woke Keef Knight Lead Role
The Eric Andre Show N-Word Scissorhands Episode: "You Got Served"


  1. ^ "Lamorne Morris reluctantly becomes 'Woke' in an exclusive trailer for the new Hulu series". Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  2. ^ "Lamorne Morris - TV Guide". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ Wright, Emily (September 5, 2013). "Recap: 'New Girl' star Lamorne Morris chats about the show, more".
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 8, 2011). "'New Girl': Lamorne Morris Replaces Damon Wayans Jr. in Fox Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (13 May 2011). "ABC Renews 'Happy Endings', Fox's 'New Girl' To Recast Damon Wayans Jr". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "Lamorne Morris Will Play Cartoonist Keith Knight in 'Woke' Comedy for Hulu," Hollywood Reporter (NOVEMBER 02, 2018).
  7. ^ "Go Inside Lamorne Morris' Grown-Up Fun House | PeopleTV".

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