Roy Wood Jr.
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Roy Wood Jr.
Wood performing at The Stand in December 2016
|Born||December 11, 1978|
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Alma mater||Florida A&M University|
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, disc jockey|
Wood was born in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Ramsay High School, later graduating from Florida A&M University, during which time he worked as a morning news reporter for Tallahassee, Florida radio station Hot 105.7. He began focusing on a career in comedy after filling in for the station's in-house comedian. He passed on his midterm tests to open for Tommy Davidson. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism in 2001, Wood returned to his hometown and became the head writer/producer for the Buckwilde Morning Show (WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ) in Birmingham, a position he held until 2007. He continued working in radio, providing prank calls and content to various morning shows nationally and contributing to Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole station on Sirius XM Radio.
In 2010, Wood finished third in the 7th season of NBC's Last Comic Standing and began hosting his own morning show, The Roy Wood Jr Show. The show garnered top ratings and won 'Large Market Morning Show Of The Year' from the Alabama Broadcasters Association for several years. From 2011 to 2014, Wood appeared on TBS' Sullivan & Son, appearing as a guest star in the first season. He was promoted to series regular for the second and third seasons before the show's cancellation in 2014. The following year, he was cast by ABC to play alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the comedy pilot Delores And Jermaine; the show did not make it beyond the pilot stage.
In 2015, Wood joined The Daily Show as a correspondent. His first Comedy Central stand-up special, Father Figure premiered in 2017 with an extended uncensored album of the same name released by Comedy Central Records. In 2017, he was named the new host of Comedy Central's storytelling series This is Not Happening. Wood's second Comedy Central special, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You premiered in 2019.
Wood has also performed for the troops on numerous USO tours in the Middle East and the Pacific Islands.
- The Daily Show
- Comedy Central's This is Not Happening
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
- Late Night with Seth Meyers
- Chelsea Lately
- Late Show with David Letterman
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- NBC's Last Comic Standing
- HBO's Def Comedy Jam
- BET's Comic View
- Showtime at the Apollo
- TBS' Sullivan & Son
- CBS's 2003 remake of Star Search
- Impractical Jokers: After Party
- Premium Blend
- The Bob & Tom Show
- GMA Day
Wood put out his first of three prank call CDs in 2003, titled My Momma Made Me Wear This. The second collection, Confessions of a Bench Warmer, came out in 2005. His third CD, I'll Slap You To Sleep, was released in 2007. Wood's pranks have been featured on numerous hip-hop mix tapes. His first stand-up comedy CD Things I Think, I Think was released in 2013.
Wood lives in Manhattan with his girlfriend, shoe designer Salone Monet, and the couple's son.
- "Roy Wood Jr.: From Birmingham stand-up to 'Daily Show' standout". 15 October 2015.Ramsay High School
- "Inside 957jamz.com". Archived from the original on 26 April 2006.
- "Roy Wood Jr. is still standing despite loss on "Last Comic Standing". 9 August 2010 – via AL.com.
- "Delores & Jermaine". 1 January 2000 – via IMDb.
- "'The Daily Show' Adds Ronny Chieng, Roy Wood Jr., and Desi Lydic as Correspondents". 2 September 2015 – via Vulture.
- "Helicopter Rides, Crazy Food Pairings and Troops: Steve Byrne and Roy Wood Jr. Talk About Their USO Travels". 12 May 2015 – via USO Org.
- "How Roy Wood Jr., Comedian, Spends His Sundays". 26 Jan 2018.