Fast Facts

  • 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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  • Birth Name: Larry Wilmore
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Profession: Writer, Comedian, Producer, Actor

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