Jordan Peele

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Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele Peabody 2014 (cropped).jpg
Peele at the Peabody Awards, May 2014
BornJordan Haworth Peele
(1979-02-21) February 21, 1979 (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor, writer, producer, comedian
Years active2002–present
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Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele Peabody 2014 (cropped).jpg
Peele at the Peabody Awards, May 2014
BornJordan Haworth Peele
(1979-02-21) February 21, 1979 (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor, writer, producer, comedian
Years active2002–present

Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and comedian. He is best known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and for his five seasons as a cast member on MADtv.

Early life[edit]

Peele attended The Calhoun School for high school, graduating in 1997. He then went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001.


Peele regularly performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago. He and Nicole Parker were well known for their musical duets at Boom Chicago. He portrayed a popular character called "Danish Supermodel Ute" during his time at Boom Chicago and hosted MTV's Comedy Weekend in 2002.

Peele appeared on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast as disqualified American Idol singer Jermaine Jones alongside Gillian Jacobs of Community.

In 2003, Peele joined the cast of MADtv for its ninth season. Around the time Keegan-Michael Key joined the cast as a featured performer, it was assumed that Key would be chosen over Peele. The two of them ultimately were cast together after showing great comedic chemistry. Peele performed celebrity impersonations, which included favorites Caroll Spinney (as the voice of Big Bird), Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Forest Whitaker.

Peele was absent for unknown reasons from the first four episodes of his second season on MADtv. He made a cameo in "Weird Al" Yankovic's video "White & Nerdy" with MADtv co-star Keegan-Michael Key.

Peele was nominated for a 2008 Emmy for his song "Sad Fitty Cent," a music video parody about 50 Cent lamenting over his rivalry with Kanye West. The lyrics were, according to the music video, written by Peele, and he was involved in arranging its music.

Peele appeared in a viral video titled "Hillary vs Obama" (which was shown as a MADtv sketch) where he and a Hillary Clinton supporter (played by short-term castmember Lisa Donovan) argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would make a better president, only to get upstaged by a Rudy Giuliani supporter (played by Donovan's brother, Ben). Peele auditioned to be a castmember for Saturday Night Live when SNL producers were looking for someone to play Barack Obama (around the time when SNL and MADtv — and other scripted shows — were put on hiatus due to the 2007-2008 Writers' Guild of America strike). Peele remained at MADtv, and the role went to Fred Armisen until September 2012, when Jay Pharoah took over the role.

After five seasons on MADtv, Peele left the cast at the end of the 13th season.

In 2010, Peele co-starred in the FOX comedy pilot The Station and appeared with a recurring role in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. He had a supporting role in the David Wain-directed comedy Wanderlust, which was released on February 24, 2012.

Peele and his former MADtv castmate and friend Keegan-Michael Key star in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, which began airing in 2012.

Peele and his comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key have starred in two episodes of Epic Rap Battles of History. The first featured Peele as Martin Luther King Jr and Key as Mahatma Gandhi, while the second featured Peele as Muhammad Ali and Key as Michael Jordan.

Peele also appeared in a parody music video with Jane Lynch for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, playing the role of "state" in process of breaking up with Lynch's "church".[1]

Together with his comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key, he played an FBI agent in a recurring role in the 2014 FX crime drama Fargo. In an interview with People magazine, Peele stated that he wanted both his and Key's roles to add comic relief to the show.

Peele and Key will be working with Judd Apatow on a feature-length film for Universal Pictures.[2]


CharacterSketchFirst appearanceCatch PhraseNotes
Dontel LaMontroseInside Looking Out"Mmm, mmm, mmm"
"I love this woman!"
He is married to a white wife who makes racially insensitive remarks.
Funkenstein's MonsterDr. Funkenstein
Killbrain the FuryAstroman & Killbrain"ASStroman!"The arch enemy of Astroman who has to take on demeaning jobs because his elaborate plans fail.
Larvelle DupreeReal Mother****ing TalkHe is one of Dollar Bill Montgomery's talk show guests.
Marcus MacleodScottish WarlordHe is a Scottish warlord who was violated by the English troops.
Melvin Dufrane911 Police Report
NoodlesClownin' and Krumpin"Krumping!!!"He is an abusive krump dancer
StingrayAbercrombie and FitchSeason 10He is an African American version of the Abercrombie and Fitch models/salesmen.
Ty GrayThe Superstitious Knights"Man up!"
Tyrone ConklingHolly Meadow Estates
Leandro KezeeleFashion Surprise



2008Boner Boyz!D-Rock PeppersShort film
2009The StationJoeTV movie
2010Little FockersEMT
20103BRobShort film
2013The SidekickSidecar WillyShort film
2017Captain UnderpantsMelvin (voice)Pre-production


2003–2008MADtvVarious94 episodes; also writer
2009Reno 911!Three-Card Monte GuyEpisode: "Extradition to Thailand"
2010–2013Childrens HospitalDr. Brian8 episodes
2011Love BitesEliEpisode: "Too Much Information"
2012–presentKey & PeeleHimself / VariousAlso co-creator, writer, executive producer
2013The Mindy ProjectNickEpisode: "Mindy's Minute"
2013WorkaholicsMarkEpisode: "The Worst Generation"
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!Tan FuEpisode: "Andy Samberg Wears a Plaid Shirt & Glasses"
2013Axe CopSuper Axe (voice)Episode: "Super Axe"
2013Modern FamilyDerrickEpisode: "A Fair to Remember"
2013–2014Kroll ShowRef Rondy / Various Characters2 episodes
2014Bob's BurgersFanny / Sandy / Horace (voice)4 episodes
2014FargoWebb Pepper4 episodes
2014Drunk HistoryPercy JulianEpisode: "Montgomery, AL"
2014Robot ChickenVarious voicesEpisode: "Walking Dead Lobster"

Music videos[edit]

2006"White & Nerdy"Black gangster"Weird Al" Yankovic

Awards and nominations[edit]

2008Primetime Emmy Award[3]Outstanding Original Music and LyricsMADtv for "Sad Fits Cent"Nominated
2013Writers Guild of America Award[4]Best Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - SeriesKey & PeeleNominated
2013Peabody Award[5]Key & PeeleWon
2014NAACP Image Award[6]Outstanding Variety – Series or SpecialKey & PeeleNominated
2014American Comedy Award[7]Best Alternative Comedy SeriesKey & PeeleWon
2014American Comedy Award[7]Best Comedy Writing – TVKey & PeeleNominated
2014Primetime Emmy Award[8]Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesKey & PeeleNominated


  1. ^ "Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele's Epic Church-State Breakup!". Americans United. YouTube. May 30, 2013
  2. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. (November 13, 2013). "‘Key & Peele’ Partners Team With Judd Apatow For Universal Pitch Deal". Deadline. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Complete List of Nominees for 2008 Emmys". E!. July 17, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Gregg; Strell, Jay (December 6, 2012). "2013 Writers Guild Awards Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America
  5. ^ Peabody Awards web site
  6. ^ Aaron Couch, Arlene Washington (February 22, 2014). "NAACP Image Awards: The Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen win American Comedy Awards". Entertainment Weekly. May 9, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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