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Jordan Peele

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Fast Facts

  • Intended to be a puppeteer in college, but dropped out to study comedy, including a stint with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam; while on a cast swap with Second City in Chicago in 2002, met his future comedic partner Keegan-Michael Key
  • Before the premiere of Key & Peele on Comedy Central in 2012, overlapped with Key for several seasons in the cast of MADtv
  • Unsuccessfully auditioned to play Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live in 2008 (the role went to Fred Armisen), but would earn acclaim for impersonating the president on Key & Peele in 2012
  • Like Key, has a black father and a white mother, a biracial status that provides a unique cultural sensitivity and informs much of their comedy


  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2018Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2018Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2018Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2018Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2018BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2018Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: winner
  • 2017Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2017Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: nominated