Actor-writer Jordan Peele gleefully skewered issues of race and popular culture as a solo performer and in tandem with his frequent partner Keegan-Michael Key on "MADtv" (Fox 1995-2009) and "Key &...
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|Children's Hospital||2012 2009 - 2012||Actor||Dr. Brian||20127|
|Bob's Burgers||2014 2009 - 2014||Voice||Connie Frye||20146|
|Conan||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Guest||20147|
|Key & Peele||2014 2010 - 2014||Actor||Himself||20147|
|Modern Family||2013 2008 - 2013||Actor||Derrick||20137|
|Chocolate News||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Correspondent||20087|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||2013 2010 - 2013||Actor||Tan Fu||20137|
|The Tonight Show With Jay Leno||2013 1990 - 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|Mad TV||2008 1994 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|Workaholics||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Mark||20147|
|Free Radio||2008 2006 - 2008||Actor||Himself||20087|
|The Mindy Project||2013 2011 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Mad TV Holiday Show '04 Special Edition||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|Reno 911!||2008 2002 - 2008||Actor||3 Card Monty Guy||20087|
|Celebrity Poker Showdown||2005 2002 - 2005||Actor||Contestant(Tournament 8, Game 4)||20057|
|The 2004 Billboard Music Awards||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Mad TV Cast||20047|
|Key & Peele||2014 2010 - 2014||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Key & Peele||2014 2010 - 2014||Writer||n/a||1|
|Key & Peele||2014 2010 - 2014||Creator||n/a||2|
|Appears on "Modern Family"|
|Joined cast of sketch comedy series "MADtv" during ninth season|
|Launched comedy career as member of The Second City in Chicago, IL and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam|
|Plays Dr. Brian, a recurring role on "Childrens Hospital"|
|Appeared in comedy feature "Little Fockers"|
|Landed recurring role on David Alan Grier's "Chocolate News" (Comedy Central)|
|Feature film debut, "Twisted Fortune"|
|With former "MADtv" castmate Keegan-Michael Key, created and starred in sketch series "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)|
Actor-writer Jordan Peele gleefully skewered issues of race and popular culture as a solo performer and in tandem with his frequent partner Keegan-Michael Key on "MADtv" (Fox 1995-2009) and "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central 2012- ). A veteran of the Second City improvisational group, Peele broke into television with "MADtv," which earned him widespread praise for celebrity impersonations and unhinged recurring characters. After netting a 2008 Emmy nomination for writing the comic music video "Sad Fitty Cent," Peele left "MAD" to work on other series before reteaming with Key for their own show. "Key & Peele" was both a critical and audience favorite thanks to the stars' take on racially tinged subjects, including a supremely formal President Barack Obama (played by Peele). The popularity of the series led to additional high-profile opportunities for the stars and underscored both Key and Peele's ascent to the higher echelons of the comedy business.
Born February 21, 1979 in New York City, Jordan Peele was, like his future comedy partner Key, raised by biracial parents. The experience would have a profound impact on his comedy, which often addressed issues of racial identity and stereotypes. Initially, Peele chose puppetry as his performance showcase, but moved into sketch comedy while a student at Sarah Lawrence College. He left the school to join the famed Second City and ImprovOlympic troupes in Chicago before relocating to Amsterdam, where he performed with the Boom Chicago improv group. His work there caught the attention of "MADtv" producers, who hired him as a cast member for the show's ninth season in 2003. Peele soon established himself as one of the show's most versatile performers thanks to a wide variety of impersonations, from James Brown and Montel Williams to Carroll Spinney - Big Bird of "Sesame Street" (PBS 1969- ) and Cat Stevens, as well as characters like the abusive "krump" dancer Noodles and Killbrain the Fury, the perpetually humiliated arch-enemy of super-hero Astroman. In 2008, Peele received an Emmy nomination for "Sad Fitty Cent," a parody music video in which the rapper (played by Peele) lamented his beef with Kanye West. In 2007, Peele unsuccessfully auditioned for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) when the producers were looking for a performer to play President Barack Obama, a role that was later given to regular cast member Fred Armisen.
While working on "MADtv," Peele forged a creative relationship with fellow castmate Key, with whom he appeared in several sketches, most notably "Dr. Funkenstein," a parody of '70s-era black cast horror films with Key as a wigged-out mad scientist and Peele as his square-Afro'd creation. By 2009, both performers had departed "MADtv" to work on other shows, with Peele making notable contributions to the series "Childrens Hospital" (Adult Swim 2010- ) as the effusive, bisexual Dr. Brian. In 2012, Peele reunited with Key to write and star in the sketch comedy series, "Key & Peele." The critically acclaimed program featured Peele as numerous recurring characters, including a subdued President Obama, who expressed his emotions through an "anger translator" (Key). The series, which debuted to the highest ratings of any Comedy Central launch since 2009, led to additional acting roles on "Modern Family" (ABC 2009- ) and an opportunity to write and star in a feature with Key for producer Judd Apatow.
|Sarah Lawrence College|
|Appeared in a viral video with fellow "MADtv" castmate Lisa Donovan as arguing supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.|
|Filmed the unaired Fox comedy series pilot "The Station" in 2010|
|Joined Jane Lynch in a commercial for Americans United for Separation of Church and State|
|Peele and Key received the 2012 Breakout Comedy Stars of the Year Award from the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.|
|Peele and Key met Barack Obama, who mentioned his appreciation of their sketches about the President and his anger translator Luther during a visit to Los Angeles in 2012.|
|Peele and Key appeared as gang members cruising through a suburban neighborhood in the opening scene of the video for Weird Al Yankovic's hip-hop parody "White and Nerdy"|
|Member, Second City Chicago|
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