Born: February 20, 1978 in Contra Costa, California, USA
Jordan Peele (April 2016 – present)
Working on ‘Parks’ was like heaven because everyone there was just intimidatingly intelligent and funny, and we would have these hilarious debates about really tangential things. It was inspiring because I felt really challenged to be my best.
A lot of comedians will say, ‘My first five years I was just doing ‘Eddie Murphy’ and then I found my voice’. I don’t feel like that. What confounds me about that statement is, I learned not to plagiarize in elementary school. I don’t understand how it’s possible to be doing someone else’s material for five years and not feel any guilt or awareness that this is thievery. But people do it, and comedians tend to have a fair amount of compassion for it.
I’m thankful for my grandmothers. One kook, one straight-shooter…
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