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Larry Wilmore Biography

Birth Name:
Larry Wilmore
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Writer, comedian, producer, actor

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


  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated