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Jordan Peele

Peele as Funkenstein's Monster on MADtv
Born February 21, 1979 (1979-02-21) (age 31)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Jordan Peele (born February 21, 1979) is an American comic actor. Peele is most notable for his membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv. He has been a Comedian since he was 14 years old

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MADtv

Peele joined the cast of MADtv in 2003 as a featured performer, for the ninth season. Around the time Keegan-Michael Key joined the cast as a featured performer, it was assumed that Key would be chosen over Peele. However, Peele created enough memorable characters—including Funkenstein and Superstitious Knight Ty Gray—and would be carried over to the next season.

Peele also impressed with his various celebrity impersonations, which included favorites Caroll Spinney (as the voice of Big Bird), Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Forest Whitaker.

Peele, similar to fellow MADtv cast member Bobby Lee, who performs stereotypes of Asians, sometimes makes fun of his own race as an African American.

Jordan was nominated for a 2008 Emmy for his song parody "Sad Fitty Cent," a music video parody about 50 Cent lamenting over his rivalry with [Kanye West]. The lyrics were, according to the music video, written by Jordan himself, and he was also involved in arranging its music.

After five seasons on MADtv, Jordan decided to leave the cast during the show's 13th season.

Characters

Character Sketch Season of First Appearance Catch Phrase Notes
Dontel LaMontrose Inside Looking Out "Mmm, mmm, mmm;" "I love this woman!" He is married to a white wife who makes racially insensitive remarks.
Funkenstein's Monster Dr. Funkenstein
Killbrain the Fury Astroman & Killbrain "ASStroman!" He is the arch enemy of Astroman who has to take on demeaning jobs because his elaborate plans fail.
Larvelle Dupree Real Mother****ing Talk He is one of Dollar Bill Montgomery's talk show guests.
Marcus Macleod Scottish Warlord He is a Scottish warlord who was violated by the English troops.
Melvin Dufrane 911 Police Report
Noodles Clownin' and Krumpin "Krumping!!!" He is an abusive krump dancer
Stingray Abercrombie and Fitch 10 He is an African American version of the Abercrombie and Fitch models/salesmen.
Ty Gray The Superstitious Knights "Man up!"
Tyrone Conkling Holly Meadow Estates
Leandro Kezeele Fashion Surprise
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Impressions (on and off MADtv)

Trivia

  • His Laker character, Saffron Johnson, said he attended Sarah Lawrence College, the same college that Jordan attended.
  • His exaggerated impression of Forest Whitaker on dying to win an Academy Award actually happened in the Awards itself after the sketch.
  • Jordan and Nicole Parker were well known for their duets at Boom Chicago.
  • Portrayed a popular character called "Danish Supermodel Ute" during his time at Boom! Chicago
  • Hosted MTV's Comedy Weekend in 2002
  • Peele was absent for unknown reasons from the first 4 episodes of his second season on MADtv.
  • Made a cameo in "Weird Al" Yankovic's video - "White & Nerdy" with fellow MADtv co-star Keegan-Michael Key.
  • Peele appeared in a viral video entitled Hillary vs Obama (which was shown as a MADtv sketch) where he and a Hillary Clinton supporter (played by short-lived castmember Lisa Donovan) argue over whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would make a better President, only to get upstaged by a Rudy Giuliani supporter (played by Lisa Donovan's brother, Ben).
  • Peele auditioned to be a castmember for Saturday Night Live when SNL producers were looking for someone to play Barack Obama, but Peele lost to Fred Armisen.

Filmography

Movie appearances

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Twisted Fortune G-Money

Television appearances

Year Title Role Other notes
2003 - 2008 MADtv Cast Member Sketch Comedy
2008 Chocolate News Kelvin Melvin Recurring Role
2009 Reno 911! Three-Card Monte Guy 1 episode
2009 SuperNews Various Voices Animated Series

Awards/Nominations

Year Association Award Category Result
2008 Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated

References

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