Jerrod Carmichael

Rothaniel Jerrod Carmichael (/əˈrɒd/ jə-ROD; born April 6, 1987) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and filmmaker.[1][2] He has released three stand-up comedy specials on HBO: Love at the Store (2014), 8 (2017), and Rothaniel (2022). He also co-created, co-wrote, produced, and starred in the semi autobiographical NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show (2015–2017). Carmichael directed, produced, and starred in On the Count of Three (2021). In 2022, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for writing Rothaniel and was nominated for guest hosting Saturday Night Live that same year.

Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael at the Comedy Store.jpg
Carmichael performing in August 2010
Jerrod Carmichael

(1987-04-06) April 6, 1987 (age 35)
  • Comedian
  • actor
  • filmmaker
Years active2008–present

Early lifeEdit

Rothaniel Jerrod Carmichael was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on April 6, 1987.[3] He has an older brother named Joe.[2] Carmichael grew up poor, which is a frequent topic in his stand-up comedy. In fifth grade, he hosted a morning news show on his elementary school's local access channel.[4] In 2005, he graduated from Robert B. Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina.[5] His early comedic influences were George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and Sinbad.[6]


Carmichael moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20 to pursue his dream of being a stand-up comedian, despite never having tried it before.[7] His first time doing stand-up was an open mic night at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood.[8] Working his way up through the clubs, he appeared in the "New Faces" showcase at the 2011 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.[9] He appeared on the show The Goodwin Games (2013)[9] and had his breakout role as an actor in the film Neighbors (2014).[2][10] His first HBO stand-up comedy special, Love at the Store (2014), was directed by filmmaker Spike Lee and filmed at The Comedy Store.[8][11]

Carmichael's second stand-up comedy special, 8 (2017), was directed by comedian Bo Burnham and filmed in the Grand Lodge Room of New York's Masonic Hall.[12] Carmichael next co-created, co-wrote, produced, and starred in the semi-biographical NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show (2015–2017), which was well-received and was notable for its envelope-pushing approach to topical subjects such as the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBT issues, gun rights, politics, and the reality of being black in America.[13][14][15][16][17] He also served as an executive producer for the Fox sitcom Rel (2018–2019) and directed Drew Michael's stand-up comedy special Drew Michael (2018), which garnered praise for its unusual style; it features Michael talking directly to the camera in a dark room with no audience present, interspersed with scenes of him in varying degrees of confrontation with an unidentified woman played by English actress Suki Waterhouse.[18]

Carmichael made an appearance on Tyler, the Creator's fifth album IGOR (2019), narrating the album as it progresses and speaking short lines to make sense of Tyler's (and the title character Igor's) state of mind.[19] That same year, he was hired by Quentin Tarantino to co-write a film adaptation based on the Django/Zorro crossover comic book series.[20] He created, directed, produced, and starred in the HBO documentaries Home Videos (2019) and Sermon on the Mount (2019), both of which are autobiographical. He directed and starred in the comedy thriller film On the Count of Three (2021).[21] His third HBO special, Rothaniel (2022), was also directed by Burnham.[22] Two days after the release of Rothaniel, Carmichael hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time.

Personal lifeEdit

Carmichael lives in New York City.[23] Having discussed his relationships with both men and women during his documentary series Home Videos (2019),[24][25] he came out as gay in his comedy special Rothaniel (2022).[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Neighbors Garfield "Garf" Slade
2015 The Meddler Freddy
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Garfield "Garf" Slade
2017 The Disaster Artist Actor Friend
Transformers: The Last Knight Jimmy
Ferdinand Paco (voice)
2018 Mid90s Security Guard
2021 On the Count of Three Val Director and producer
TBA Poor Things Harry Astley


Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Actor Director Writer Creator Producer
2013 The Goodwin Games Yes Elijah 3 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Yes Pranked Guy Episode: "Zoe Saldana Wears a Tan Blouse & Glasses"
2013 Axe Cop Yes Guy (voice) Episode: "Babysitting Uni-Baby"
2014 Love at the Store Yes Yes Yes Himself Stand-up comedy special
2014–2015 Lucas Bros Moving Co. Yes Jerrod (voice) 14 episodes
2015–2017 The Carmichael Show Yes Yes Yes Yes Jerrod Carmichael 32 episodes
2016 The Chris Gethard Show Yes Himself Episode: "Family Dinner"
2017 8 Yes Yes Yes Himself Stand-up comedy special
2018 Drew Michael: Drew Michael Yes Yes Stand-up comedy special
2018–2019 Rel Yes Executive producer
2019 The Shop Yes Himself Episode: #2.1
2019 Ramy Yes
2019 Home Videos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself Documentary
2019 Sermon on the Mount Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself Documentary
2022 Rothaniel Yes Yes Yes Himself Stand-up comedy special
2022 Saturday Night Live Yes Himself (host) Episode 16 of Season 47: "Jerrod Carmichael/Gunna"

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist Director Role
2017 "Moonlight" Jay-Z Alan Yang Ross Geller

Awards and nominationsEdit

Association Year Category Work Result Ref(s)
Black Reel Awards for Television 2018 Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series The Carmichael Show Nominated [27]
2022 Outstanding Variety, Talk or Sketch – Series or Special Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel Nominated [28]
Gotham Awards 2019 Breakthrough Series – Short Form Ramy Nominated [29]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2022 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated [30]
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel Won
Sundance Film Festival 2021 Grand Jury Prize – U.S. Dramatic Competition On the Count of Three Nominated [31]


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  4. ^ "Jerrod Carmichael's Brother Is Too Cool For His Show". Conan. TBS. August 25, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
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  9. ^ a b Lehman, Daneil (July 9, 2012). "10 Comics to Watch: Jerrod Carmichael Q&A". Backstage. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Zei, Michelle (July 31, 2015). "Rising Comic Jerrod Carmichael on Stand-Up, Millennials and Joking About Police Brutality". Paper. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  11. ^ Zinoman, Jason (October 1, 2014). "Stand-Up Through a Filmmaker's Lens: Spike Lee Enhances Jerrod Carmichael and Katt Williams". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Husband, Andrew (March 10, 2017). "You Can Thank Jerrod Carmichael And Bo Burnham's Friendship For 2017's Best Comedy Special (So Far)". Uproxx. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  13. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 25, 2015). "TV Review: 'The Carmichael Show'". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  14. ^ Sims, David (March 10, 2016). "The Carmichael Show Proves Sitcoms Can Still Be Provocative". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  15. ^ Barshad, Amos (October 3, 2014). "Garf Comes Alive: The Imminent Stand-up Stardom of Jerrod Carmichael". Grantland. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  16. ^ Yarm, Mark (November 24, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael: Meet the Comic Saving the Old-School Sitcom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  17. ^ Stanhope, Kate (August 25, 2015). "Jerrod Carmichael on His NBC Series, TV Comedies' "Empty Calories" and Networks' "Growing Pains"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "'Drew Michael' on HBO Plays with Your Senses of Humor, Light and Sound". August 25, 2018.
  19. ^ Hunt, El (May 24, 2019). "The hidden symbols in Tyler, The Creator's 'Igor'". NME. Archived from the original on September 18, 2020. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  20. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 3, 2019). "Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino Working with Jerrod Carmichael on 'Django/Zorro' Movie". Collider. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  21. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (November 18, 2019). "Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott Lead Ensemble Cast In 'On The Count Of Three' For Valparaiso & Tom Werner's Werner Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
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  23. ^ Jerrod Carmichael jokes hosting 'SNL' is 'the gayest thing you can possibly do' Accessed April 2, 2022.
  24. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (May 12, 2019). "Did Jerrod Carmichael Just Come Out in His HBO Special Home Videos?". TVLine. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  25. ^ Jerrod Carmichael On Being Confident In Sexuality, Parental Infidelity, Owning His Story + More on YouTube
  26. ^ Kate Aurthur (April 1, 2022). "Jerrod Carmichael Officially Comes Out as Gay in His HBO Special 'Rothaniel'". Variety.
  27. ^ "Black Reel Awards for TV | Past Winners and Nominees". Black Reel Awards. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  28. ^ Complex, Valerie (June 16, 2022). "6th Annual Black Reel Television Awards Nominations Announced". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  29. ^ "'Marriage Story' Sweeps Gotham Awards; Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. December 2, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  30. ^ "Jerrod Carmichael | Emmy Awards". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  31. ^ Galuppo, Mia (January 27, 2021). "Sundance Hot List: Questlove, Jerrod Carmichael Directorial Debuts Among 10 Titles Set to Heat Up the Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 12, 2022.

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