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Who is Jordan Peele?

by Ratan Srivastava
Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele is an actor, comedian, and filmmaker from the United States. He is well renowned for his work inside the comedy as well as horror genres on cinema and television.

Peele’s breakthrough role came in 2003 when he was appointed as a regular on Fox’s sketch comedy series Mad TV, where he stayed for five seasons before departing in 2008. He and his regular Mad TV colleague, Keegan-Michael Key, went on to produce and appear in their own Comedy Central sketch comedy series, Key & Peele (2012–2015). They starred as FBI agents in the first season of FX’s anthology series Fargo in 2014. The Last O.G., a TBS comedy series, and Weird City, a YouTube Premium comedy series, were both co-created by Peele (2019). He also hosted and produced the CBS All Access reboot of the anthology series The Twilight Zone from 2019 to 2020.

Keanu (2016) was written, produced, and starred by Peele and Key, and Peele has also voiced characters in Storks (2016), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), Big Mouth (2017–present), and Toy Story 4 (2017–present). His directorial debut, the horror-thriller Get Out, was a critical and box office triumph in 2017, earning him multiple honours, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and nods for Best Picture and Best Director. He was nominated for another Academy Award for producing Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, this time for Best Picture (2018). He wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed horror thriller Us (2019). Monkeypaw Productions, a film and television production business, was founded by him.

Peele was included in Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s most important people in 2017.

Peele performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago on a regular basis. During his stint at Boom Chicago, he played the popular character “Danish Supermodel Ute” and presented MTV’s Comedy Weekend in 2002.

Peele joins the cast of Mad TV for the ninth season in 2003. It was expected that Key would be picked over Peele when Keegan-Michael Key joined the group as a featured performer. After demonstrating tremendous comic chemistry, the two of them have been cast together. Caroll Spinney (as Big Bird from Sesame Street), Ja Rule, James Brown, Flavor Flav, Justin Guarini, Montel Williams, Morgan Freeman, Timbaland, as well as Forest Whitaker were among the celebrities impersonated by Peele. The very first four episodes of Peele’s second season on Mad TV were missing. Alongside Mad TV co-star Keegan-Michael Key, he appeared in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s video “White & Nerdy.”

For his track “Sad Fitty Cent,” a music video spoof depicting 50 Cent bemoaning his feud with Kanye West, Peele was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. Peele wrote the words and also was engaged inside the music arrangement, as per the music video. He made his film debut in Little Fockers in 2009.

Peele had an appearance in the popular film “Hillary versus Obama,” in which he and a Hillary Clinton fan debate whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would make a better president, only to be overshadowed by a Rudy Giuliani supporter.

When Saturday Night Live producers were seeking someone to play Barack Obama, Peele auditioned to be a cast member. Peele stayed at Mad TV, and Fred Armisen took up the job until September 2012, when Jay Pharoah replaced over.

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