Wyatt Cenac

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Wyatt Cenac
Wyatt Cenac Earth launch Shankbone.jpg
Cenac in 2010 at the launch of
Earth (The Book)
Born (1976-04-19) April 19, 1976 (age 39)
New York City, New York
Occupation Actor comedian, writer
Years active 1995–present
Website wyattcenac.com

Wyatt Cenac (/ˈw.ət sˈnæk/; born April 19, 1976) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.[1] He is a former correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, airing his last segment on December 13, 2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cenac was born in New York City.[3] He is of West Indian descent.[4][5][6] His father, a New York City cab driver, was shot and killed when he was 4,[7] when he moved with his mother and stepfather to Dallas, Texas. He attended high school in Texas at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.[8] While in elementary school, he became friends with comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan,[9] who also introduced him to comic books. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [10] before moving to Los Angeles to further his career. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.[11]


Cenac at Pitchfork Music Festival, 2010

Having previously worked for three years as a writer on King of the Hill, Cenac garnered public attention in a The Doomed Planet comedy sketch in which he did an impression of then-senator Barack Obama, discussing possible campaign posters.[12]

In June 2008, Cenac was hired as a correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After making several comedic appearances along with other correspondents, Cenac filed his first field report on July 21, 2008, concerning Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.[13] He continued to integrate satirical Black-oriented material in his Daily Show segments, including "Rapper or Republican"[14] until his final Daily Show appearance on December 13, 2012. In a July 2015 appearance on WTF with Marc Maron, Cenac revealed that his departure from The Daily Show stemmed in part from a heated argument he had with Jon Stewart over a June 2011 Daily Show bit about Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain.[15][16] Despite this, Wyatt appeared on Stewart's final episode of Daily Show; both agreed that they're "good", a reference to the podcast.[17]

In October 2009, he worked with rapper Slim Thug on the music video "Still a Boss", a parody of how the recession is affecting the rap community. Cenac costarred in Medicine for Melancholy, an independent drama by Barry Jenkins released in 2008 that includes issues of African American identity and gentrification in San Francisco.[18][19]

Cenac plays the voice of Lenny and Michael Johnson in the Nickelodeon animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum.[20]

Cenac guest-starred on the MC Frontalot album Solved. Cenac's first hour-long comedy special, Comedy Person, premiered May 14, 2011, on Comedy Central.[citation needed]

In October 2014, Netflix released Cenac's second comedy special, "Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn".[21] In 2014, he guest-starred in an episode of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. The following year, he appeared in a filmed segment with fellow comedians Rachel Feinstein and Alex Karpovsky on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.[22]

Cenac's film roles include parts in Sleepwalk with Me and Hits, as well as a lead role in 2016's Jacqueline Argentine.


  1. ^ "Comedy Central Wins Three Big Primetime Emmy Awards for Long-Time Favorites 'The Daily Show' and 'South Park". Viacom. September 21, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Margaret Lyons (November 26, 2012). "Wyatt Cenac Is Leaving The Daily Show". Vulture. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Wyatt Cenac". Comedy Central. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Wyatt Cenac (May 13, 2011). "Comedian Wyatt Cenac Drinks Mint Juleps, Is Sorry He Doesn't Eat More Vegetables". New York. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jozen Cummings (May 14, 2011). "Wyatt Cenac on Being Alternatively Black and Funny". Aol Black Voices. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jim Farber (October 19, 2014). "Comic Wyatt Cenac sends up a gentrified Brooklyn in new Netflix special and album". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Andy Beta (October 20, 2014). "Wyatt Cenac Skewers Brooklyn’s Preciousness in Netflix Comedy Special". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Robert Wilonsky (June 25, 2008). "Tonight on The Daily Show, Jesuit Grad Wyatt Cenac Becomes Part of "The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever"". The Dallas Observer - Unfair Park. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Video on YouTube
  10. ^ Maron, Marc. "WTF Episode 622 Interview with Wyatt Cenac". 
  11. ^ "Cast member Wyatt Cenac". The Daily Show. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Wyatt Cenac; David Guy Levy (January 29, 2007). Barack Obama: Campaign Posters (.swf) (video). The Doomed Planet. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ Wyatt Cenac; Jeremy Ring (July 21, 2008). Baruch Obama (video) (.swf). Comedy Central The Daily Show. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ Wyatt Cenac; Jon Stewart; Jason Jones (July 29, 2008). Rapper or Republican (video) (.swf). Comedy Central The Daily Show. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ Jung, E. Alex (July 23, 2015). "Jon Stewart Told Wyatt Cenac to ‘F*ck Off’ When He Was Challenged About Race". Vulture.com. 
  16. ^ "Episode 622 - Wyatt Cenac". WTF with Marc Maron (Podcast). July 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.bustle.com/articles/102768-wyatt-cenac-visits-jon-stewart-on-his-last-daily-show-theyre-good
  18. ^ Pam Grady (2007). "Medicine for Melancholy". San Francisco International Film Festival. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  19. ^ A.O. Scott (2009). "A Short-Term Affair Leads to Big Questions". New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Full cast and crew for Fanboy and Chum Chum (2009)". The Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  21. ^ Vikram Murthi (2014). "Wyatt Cenac’s sophomore special intimately explores a thoughtful mind". theavclub. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ Friedman, Megan (May 4, 2015). "John Oliver Has Some Non-Creepy New Catchphrases for Bud Light". Elle. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 

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