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Full Name
Elister Larry Wilmore

October 30, 1961 (age 54) (
Los Angeles, California U.S.

Alma mater
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, television host, magician

Stand-up, film, television

Political/news satire, observational comedy, black comedy, sarcasm, sketch comedy, deadpan

Influenced by
Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart

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Movies and TV shows
The Nightly Show with Larry Wil, The Daily Show, The Bernie Mac Show, The PJs, Dinner for Schmucks

Similar People
Leilani Jones, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Marc Wil


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Elister L. "Larry" Wilmore (born October 30, 1961) is an American comedian, writer, producer, podcaster, and actor. Wilmore served as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on The Daily Show from 2006 to 2014, and hosted The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore from 2015 to 2016. He serves as an executive producer for the ABC television series Black-ish. He is also the co-creator, alongside Issa Rae, of the HBO television series Insecure.


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Early life

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Wilmore was born on October 30, 1961, in Los Angeles County, California, to parents Betty and Larry, and grew up in suburban Pomona. His family is from Evanston, Illinois. Wilmore was raised Catholic. He is the third of six children. His brother Marc, is also a television writer, actor, and producer.

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As a child, Wilmore found interest in topics such as science, magic, science-fiction and fantasy, all of which have shaped the evolution of his comedy. In an interview with NPR, he described himself as a nerd, saying that "it used to be that the black comic figure had to have this bravado and always showed there's a comic figure where it's OK to just be a nerd and be black."

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Wilmore graduated from Damien High School in La Verne, California in 1979. He studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; he dropped out to pursue acting and stand-up comedy.


Beginning in the 1980s, Wilmore appeared in several small film and television roles, including a recurring role as a police officer on The Facts of Life. In the early to mid-1990s, he was on the writing staff of the talk show Into the Night With Rick Dees, the sketch comedy show In Living Color (his younger brother Marc was also a writer with In Living Color, but, unlike Larry, was also a cast member), and the sitcom Sister, Sister, where he portrayed a bus driver in one episode. Wilmore went on to be a writer and producer on a series of sitcoms, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show.

In 1999, Wilmore co-created the animated comedy The PJs with Eddie Murphy and was executive producer until its conclusion in 2001. He subsequently created and produced The Bernie Mac Show, and he won an Emmy for writing the pilot episode. He created and produced Whoopi, with Whoopi Goldberg. From 2005 to 2007, he was a consulting producer for The Office and made an appearance on the show as Mr. Brown, during the episode, "Diversity Day" as a diversity consultant.

In 2006, Wilmore began appearing regularly on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he was billed as the "Senior Black Correspondent" or a derivative form of the title, such as the "Senior Executive Commander-in-Chief Who Happens To Be Black Correspondent" following the election of Barack Obama. His work on the show frequently centered on humorous observations of the Black experience in American society. In January 2009, Hyperion published Wilmore's I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, a political humor book described by Booklist as "a faux collection of articles, essays, radio transcripts, and letters exploring the more ludicrous angles on race." Wilmore originated the titular phrase I'd Rather We Got Casinos in a January 2007 Daily Show appearance.

Wilmore has continued to make occasional acting appearances, including a role as a minister in I Love You, Man (2009) and a supporting role in Dinner for Schmucks (2010). In 2011, Wilmore began a recurring role on the ABC comedy Happy Endings, where he played Mr. Forristal, Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.)'s uptight boss. Since 2012, Wilmore has starred in the Showtime special titled Race, Religion and Sex, shot in Salt Lake City.

On April 30, 2016, Wilmore was the headliner at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. He came under fire for using the word "nigga" to refer to President Obama, but defended his actions by telling Al Sharpton "I wanted to make a statement more than a joke...I really wanted to explain the historical implications of the Obama presidency from my point of view."

In May 2017, Wilmore started hosting a podcast as part of The Ringer Podcast Network, headed by Bill Simmons.

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

On January 19, 2015 Wilmore began hosting The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a late-night panel talk show that aired on Comedy Central. It was a spin-off of The Daily Show, and served as a replacement for The Colbert Report. It was produced by Jon Stewart's production company Busboy Productions. The show was criticized for a controversial segment featuring Bill Nye in September 2015, with Adweek characterizing it as the moment that Wilmore had "turned away from Colbert's legacy of intellectualism." The Nye segment may have negatively affected viewership, with ratings down more than half from the year before. On August 15, 2016, Comedy Central announced that Wilmore's show had been cancelled. The show ended on August 18, 2016, with a total of 259 episodes.

In June 2017, Wilmore came under fire for comments he had made during his time on The Nightly Show. When reporting on the case of Otto Warmbier, the American student arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda sign, Wilmore repeatedly ridiculed Warmbier. Wilmore referred to Warmbier as "Otto Von Crybaby" and suggested Warmbier thought he had "Frat Bro Privilege". Otto Warmbier died after being medically evacuated from North Korea in a comatose state, after 15 months in prison.


Wilmore has cited Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Jon Stewart as comedy influences.

Personal life

Wilmore was married to actress Leilani Jones for 20 years, and they have two children, John and Lauren. They divorced in 2015. Wilmore resided in San Marino, California with his family, until moving to New York City to work on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

Wilmore has said that when he needs inspiration, he "observe[s] people. I ride the subway, sit in a coffee shop. There’s nothing funnier than real human behavior."

Published works

  • Wilmore, Larry (2009). I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts. Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-1-4013-0955-8. 
  • References

    Larry Wilmore Wikipedia