- Enjoyed science as a child and wanted to be an astronaut.
- Known as the class comedian as well as an athlete in high school. Played basketball and football, and also held the high-jump record.
- A former class president, he was inducted into the Damien High School Hall of Fame in 2003.
- Majored in theatre in college but dropped out to get his Actors' Equity Association card.
- Self-taught comedian and writer.
- Got his big break writing for the comedy series In Living Color.
- Was cocreator and executive producer of The PJs, Eddie Murphy's prime-time animated series, and the award-winning The Bernie Mac Show.
- Started contributing to The Daily Show as the "senior black correspondent" in 2006.
- Author of I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, published in 2009.
- Brother Marc also known as a stand-up comic and comedy writer.
- Has cited Johnny Carson and Richard Pryor as influences.
- 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less): Nominee
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
- 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Winner
- Leilani Jones — Wife
- Marc Wilmore — Brother
- Attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
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