Jordan Haworth Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. 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. In 2014, he also had a recurring role in the first season of the FX anthology series Fargo. His directorial debut, the horror film Get Out, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and box-office success.
Peele at the May 2014 Peabody Awards
|Born||Jordan Haworth Peele
February 21, 1979
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Sarah Lawrence College|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Chelsea Peretti (m. 2016)|
Early life and educationEdit
Peele was born in New York City, New York, and raised by his single mother, Lucinda Williams, on Manhattan's Upper West Side. His mother is white and his father is black. He attended the Calhoun School in Manhattan and went on to Sarah Lawrence College before dropping out after two years to form a comedy duo with his college roommate and future Key & Peele comedy writer Rebecca Drysdale.
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.
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 from Sesame Street), Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Forest Whitaker.
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. In 2009 he appeared in Little Fockers.
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 cast member 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.
Career after MADtvEdit
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 in 2012.
Peele and his former MADtv castmate and friend Keegan-Michael Key starred in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, the pair starred in and produced their first film Keanu.
Peele and 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 the process of breaking up with Lynch's "church". Together with 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.
In February 2017, Peele's first film as director, Get Out, was released to critical acclaim, and grossed over $250 million on a budget of $4.5 million. Peele will produce the HBO series Lovecraft Country written by Underground co-creator Misha Green, which will be shown through the lens of supernatural horror.
|Character||Sketch||First appearance||Catch Phrase||Notes|
|Dontel LaMontrose||Inside Looking Out||"Mmm, mmm, mmm"
"I love this woman!"
|He is married to a white wife who makes racially insensitive remarks.|
|Funkenstein's Monster||Dr. Funkenstein|
|Killbrain the Fury||Astroman & Killbrain||"ASStroman!"||The arch enemy of Astroman who has to take on demeaning jobs because his elaborate plans fail.|
|Larvelle Dupree||Real Mother****ing Talk||He is one of Dollar Bill Montgomery's talk show guests.|
|Marcus Macleod||Scottish Warlord||He is a Scottish warlord who was violated by the English troops.|
|Melvin Dufrane||911 Police Report|
|Noodles||Clownin' and Krumpin||"Krumping!!!"||He is an abusive krump dancer|
|Stingray||Abercrombie and Fitch||Season 10||He is an African American version of the Abercrombie and Fitch models/salesmen.|
|Ty Gray||The Superstitious Knights||"Man up!"|
|Tyrone Conkling||Holly Meadow Estates|
|Leandro Kezeele||Fashion Surprise|
As a comedian, Peele counts among his influences In Living Color, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. In February 2017, Peele curated the Brooklyn Academy of Music film series "The Art of the Social Thriller", comprised of 12 films that inspired the making of Get Out, including the horror films Rosemary's Baby, Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, Candyman, The People Under the Stairs and Scream, the thrillers The Silence of the Lambs, Funny Games and Misery, and Rear Window, the comedy-thriller The 'Burbs, and the 1967 racial comedy-drama Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
On July 1, 2017, Peretti gave birth to their first child, Beaumont Gino Peele.
|2008||Boner Boyz!||D-Rock Peppers||Short film|
|2013||The Sidekick||Sidecar Willy||Short film|
|2016||Keanu||Rell / Oil Dresden||Also writer and producer|
|2016||Storks||Beta Wolf (voice)|
|2017||Get Out||—||Director, writer, and producer|
|2017||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Melvin Sneedly (voice)|
|2017||The Breadwinner||—||Executive producer|
|2018||Black Klansman||—||Producer; filming|
|2008||Chocolate News||Kelvin Melvin||7 episodes|
|2009||Reno 911!||Three-Card Monte Guy||Episode: "Extradition to Thailand"|
|2009||The Station||Joe||TV movie|
|2009–2010||SuperNews!||Various voices||15 episodes|
|2010–2015||Childrens Hospital||Dr. Brian||10 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Eli||Episode: "Too Much Information"|
|2012–2015||Key & Peele||Himself / Various||54 episodes
Also co-creator, writer, executive producer
|2013||The Mindy Project||Nick||Episode: "Mindy's Minute"|
|2013||Workaholics||Mark||Episode: "The Worst Generation"|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Tan Fu||Episode: "Andy Samberg Wears a Plaid Shirt & Glasses"|
|2013||Axe Cop||Super Axe (voice)||Episode: "Super Axe"|
|2013||Modern Family||Derrick||Episode: "A Fair to Remember"|
|2013–2014||Kroll Show||Ref Rondy / Various Characters||2 episodes|
|2014||Bob's Burgers||Fanny / Sandy / Horace / Don (voice)||5 episodes|
|2014||Fargo||Special Agent Webb Pepper||4 episodes|
|2014||Drunk History||Percy Julian||Episode: "Montgomery, AL"|
|2014||Robot Chicken||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2015–2016||Life in Pieces||Chad||3 episodes: "Pilot", "Prison Baby Golf Picking", "Ponzi Sex Paris Bounce|
|2015||Rick and Morty||Second Fourth-Dimensional Being (voice)||Episode: "A Rickle in Time"|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Alan||3 episodes|
|2015||TripTank||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2015||SuperMansion||Bugula (voice)||Episode: "A Shop in the Dark"|
|2016||The Muppets||Himself||Episode: "Swine Song"|
|2016||American Dad!||Street Thug (voice)||Episode: "Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Ballad of Billy Jesusworth"|
|2017||The Daily Show||Barack Obama||Episode: "Keegan-Michael Key"|
|2017–present||Big Mouth||The Ghost of Duke Ellington / various voices||10 episodes|
|2018||The Last O.G.||—||Co-creator and executive producer|
|2006||"White & Nerdy"||Black gangster||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
|2006||"I Write Sins Not Tragedies"||Clown||Panic! At The Disco|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Zadie Smith (February 23, 2015). "Brother from Another Mother". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "February 21, birthdays for Ellen Page, Corbin Bleu, Jordan Peele". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 21, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- "Jordan Peele Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- Wolcott, James (October 13, 2014). "How Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele Have Broken the Comedy-Duo Mold". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- "COMEDY CENTRAL® Greenlights Two New Series for the 2012 Season - an Untitled Sketch Comedy From Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and "The Nick Show Kroll" Starring Nick Kroll" (Press release). New York, New York. PR Newswire. June 29, 2011.
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2010), "'Station' agents are Peele, Gallo, Zuniga". Hollywood Reporter. 412 (48):5
- "Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele's Epic Church-State Breakup!". Americans United. YouTube. May 30, 2013
- Mike Fleming Jr. (November 13, 2013). "'Key & Peele' Partners Team With Judd Apatow For Universal Pitch Deal". Deadline. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- "Get Out". Retrieved March 1, 2017.
- Mike Flemming Jr. "'Get Out's Jordan Peele Teams With WBTV, HBO & Bad Robot For 'Lovecraft Country' Drama Series; Misha Green Writing". Deadline. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
- Bill Keveney (January 31, 2012), "They dare to make Obama angry". USA TODAY. Section: Life:5d
- "Jordan Peele: The Art of the Social Thriller". Brooklyn Academy of Music. February 17 – March 1, 2017. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- "Andy Samberg's Latest Role Is Playing Cupid!". dishnation.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
- Adams, Char (November 29, 2015). "Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti Announce Engagement on Twitter". People.
- "Surprise! Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele Eloped". People. April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti Welcome Their First Child". Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Complete List of Nominees for 2008 Emmys". E!. July 17, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
- Mitchell, Gregg; Strell, Jay (December 6, 2012). "2013 Writers Guild Awards Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.. Writers Guild of America
- "The Peabody Awards". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- Aaron Couch, Arlene Washington (February 22, 2014). "NAACP Image Awards: The Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
- "Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen win American Comedy Awards". Entertainment Weekly. May 9, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- "2014 Emmy Nominations: 'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective' Among the Honored". New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
- Toomey, Alyssa (November 4, 2014). "Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley and Robert Downey Jr. Among People's Choice Nominees, Plus Find Out Who's Hosting!". E! Online. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
- Jue, Teresa (December 9, 2014). "NAACP Image Awards announce nominations for film and TV". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
- "67th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). Emmys.com. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- "The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
- "'Creed,' 'Empire' Top NAACP Image Award Nominations; Full List". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- "68th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). Emmys.com. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
- Cox, Gordon (19 October 2017). "'Get Out' Leads 2017 Gotham Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 19 October 2017.