Happy Birthday: Jordan Peele

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Jordan Peele.jpgJordan Peele

Born: February 21, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA

[Barack Obama] is the best thing ever to happen to black nerds. Up until Obama, it was basically Urkel and the black guy from Revenge of the Nerds – Lamar. Other than that, we had no role models. So he made us cool.

[on being biracial] Growing up, until really last year, I don’t know that I would have readily brought up my white mother to anyone. It was not something I’m embarrassed by, but to announce that was synonymous to some black people to saying, ‘I think I’m better than you.’ This whole thing has felt almost like a coming out as biracial – saying this is a thing, we exist, and this is a future.

[on Key and Peele (2012)] I love dishing it out to everybody, and I love doing that on the show…

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