|Birth name||Elister Larry Wilmore|
|Born||October 30, 1961|
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, podcast, books|
|Alma mater||California State Polytechnic University, Pomona|
|Genres||Observational comedy, black comedy, sketch comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||American politics, African-American culture, popular culture, current events, racism, religion|
(m. 1995; div. 2015)
Elister Larry Wilmore (born October 30, 1961) is an American comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He served as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on The Daily Show from 2006 to 2014, and hosted The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore in 2015 and 2016. He is also the creator of the sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. He served as an executive producer for the ABC television series Black-ish, and is the co-creator, with Issa Rae, of the HBO television series Insecure. Since May 2017, he has hosted a podcast, Black on the Air, where he discusses current events and interviews guests. He is the host of the talk show Wilmore.
Wilmore was born October 30, 1961, in Los Angeles County, California, to parents Betty and Larry, and grew up in suburban Pomona. His family is from Evanston, Illinois. He was raised Catholic. He is the third of six children. His younger brother Marc was also a television writer, actor, and producer.
As a child, Wilmore found interest in topics such as science, magic, science-fiction and fantasy, all of which have shaped the evolution of his performance. In an interview with NPR, he described himself as a nerd, saying that "it used to be that the black comic figure had to have this bravado and always showed strength...now there's a comic figure where it's OK to just be a nerd and be black."
Wilmore graduated from Damien High School in La Verne, California in 1979. He studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, but dropped out to pursue acting and stand-up comedy.
Beginning in the 1980s, Wilmore appeared in several small film and television roles, including a recurring role as a police officer on The Facts of Life. In the early to mid-1990s, he was on the writing staff of the talk show Into the Night With Rick Dees, the sketch comedy show In Living Color (his younger brother Marc was also a writer with In Living Color; unlike Larry, he became a cast member), and the sitcom Sister, Sister, where he portrayed a bus driver in one episode. He went on to be a writer and producer on a series of black sitcoms, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show.
In 1999, Wilmore co-created the animated comedy The PJs with Eddie Murphy and was executive producer until its conclusion in 2001. He subsequently created and produced The Bernie Mac Show, and won an Emmy for writing the pilot episode. He created and produced Whoopi, with Whoopi Goldberg. From 2005 to 2007 he was a consulting producer for The Office, and appeared in the "Diversity Day" episode as Mr. Brown, a diversity consultant.
In 2006, Wilmore began appearing regularly on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he was billed as the "Senior Black Correspondent" or a derivative form of the title, such as the "Senior Executive Commander-in-Chief Who Happens To Be Black Correspondent" following the election of Barack Obama. His work on the show frequently centered on humorous observations of the Black experience in American society. In January 2009, Hyperion published Wilmore's I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts, a political humor book described by Booklist as "a faux collection of articles, essays, radio transcripts, and letters exploring the more ludicrous angles on race." Wilmore originated the titular phrase I'd Rather We Got Casinos in a January 2007 Daily Show appearance.
Wilmore has continued occasional acting appearances, including a role as a minister in I Love You, Man (2009) and a supporting role in Dinner for Schmucks (2010). In 2011, He began a recurring role on the ABC comedy Happy Endings, where he played Mr. Forristal, Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.)'s uptight boss. Since 2012, he has starred in the Showtime special Race, Religion and Sex, shot in Salt Lake City.
On April 30, 2016, Wilmore was the headliner at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. He came under fire for using the word "nigga" to refer to President Obama, saying "Barry, you did it my nigga." He defended his actions by telling Al Sharpton, "I wanted to make a statement more than a joke...I really wanted to explain the historical implications of the Obama presidency from my point of view."
In May 2017, Wilmore started hosting the podcast Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air as part of The Ringer podcast network, headed by Bill Simmons. Time ranked it in the top five of its list of 10 Best podcast of 2017.
Main article: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
On January 19, 2015, Wilmore began hosting The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a late-night panel talk show that aired on Comedy Central. It was a spin-off of The Daily Show, and replaced The Colbert Report on the network's 11:30pm timeslot. It was produced by Jon Stewart's production company Busboy Productions. On August 15, 2016, Comedy Central announced that Wilmore's show had been cancelled, and the show ended August 18, 2016 with a total of 259 episodes.
He briefly hosted his own limited series late-night talk show on Peacock titled Wilmore.
Wilmore has cited Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Jon Stewart as comedy influences. He said that when he needs inspiration, he "observe[s] people. I ride the subway, sit in a coffee shop. There’s nothing funnier than real human behavior."
Wilmore was married to actress Leilani Jones for 20 years; they have two children, John and Lauren. They divorced in 2015. He resided in San Marino, California with his family until moving to New York City to work on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
|1983||Good-bye, Cruel World||Sergeant, Thug|
|1990||The Ghost Writer||The Paramedic||TV movie|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Minister|
|2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Williams|
|2014||Date and Switch||Mr. Vernon|
|2022||Jerry & Marge Go Large||Steve|
|1999–2001||The PJs||43 episodes; co-creator, writer, executive producer|
|2001–2003||The Bernie Mac Show||creator
44 episodes; writer, director, executive producer
8 episodes; writer, executive producer
|1983||The Facts of Life||Officer Ziaukus||2 episodes|
|1986||Sledge Hammer!||Mail Man, Terrorist #3||2 episodes|
|1990||Star Search||Self||1 episode|
|1992||In Living Color||Various||2 episodes|
|1994||Sister, Sister||Bus Driver||2 episodes|
|1999||The PJs||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2005–2007||The Office||Mr. Brown||2 episodes|
|2006–2014||The Daily Show||Himself (senior black correspondent)||78 episodes|
|2006–2007||Help Me Help You||Larry, Jimmy||2 episodes|
|2008||How I Met Your Mother||Dr. Greer||Episode: "Everything Must Go"|
|2009–2010||Accidentally on Purpose||Dr. Roland||5 episodes|
|2011||Traffic Light||Harvey||2 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||The Boss||Episode: "Firsts"|
|2011–2012||Happy Endings||Mr. Forristal||2 episodes|
|2012||Bullet in the Face||Racken's Mafiosi #1||Episode: "The World Stage"|
|2012||Race, Religion and Sex||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2013||Malibu Country||Mr. Clark||2 episodes|
|2013||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Historian||Episode: "A Hard Drive to Swallow"|
|2013||Instant Mom||Franklin Turner||Episode: "The Gift of the Maggies"|
|2014||Playing House||Dr. Ullman||Episode: "37 Weeks"|
|2014–2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Principal Larry (voice)||Main role|
|2015–2016||The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore||Himself (host)||259 episodes; also writer, executive producer|
|2016||White House Correspondents' Dinner||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2017||Difficult People||Larry Wilmore||Episode: "Passover Bump"|
|2017||The Mayor||Vern||Episode: "The Filibuster"|
|2020||Upload||Mr. Whitbridge||2 episodes|
|1990–1991||Into the Night||6 episodes; writer|
|1991–1993||In Living Color||58 episodes; writer|
|1994–1995||Sister, Sister||5 episodes; writer|
|1995–1996||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||24 episodes; co-producer, writer|
|1996–1997||The Jamie Foxx Show||21 episodes; writer, supervising producer|
|1997–1998||Teen Angel||17 episodes; writer, consulting producer|
|2003–2004||Whoopi||22 episodes; writer, executive producer|
|2005–2007||The Office||50 episodes; writer, consulting producer|
|2011||Love Bites||8 episodes; writer, consulting producer|
|2014–2015||Black-ish||24 episodes; executive producer|
writer; 1 episode
|1992||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program||In Living Color||Nominated|
|1996||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award||Favorite TV Show||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Nominated|
|1996||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Nominated|
|1997||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Nominated|
|1999||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Jamie Foxx Show||Nominated|
|1999||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||The PJs||Nominated|
|2001||Peabody Award||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2001||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Jamie Foxx Show||Nominated|
|2002||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Bernie Mac Show||Nominated|
|2002||TCA Award||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2002||Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedy Series||The Bernie Mac Show||Nominated|
|2002||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Breakout Show||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2002||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2003||Writers Guild of America Award||Episodic Comedy||The Bernie Mac Show||Nominated|
|2003||Young Artist Award||Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama)||The Bernie Mac Show||Nominated|
|2003||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2003||Humanitas Prize||30 Minute Network or Syndicated Television||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2003||Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedy Series||The Bernie Mac Show||Nominated|
|2003||Satellite Award||Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||The Bernie Mac Show||Won|
|2004||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||Whoopi||Nominated|
|2006||Writers Guild of America Award||Comedy Series||The Office||Nominated|
|2006||Writers Guild of America Award||New Series||The Office||Nominated|
|2008||Writers Guild of America Award||Comedy Series||The Office||Nominated|
|2016||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Talk Series||The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore||Nominated|
|2016||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special)||The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore||Nominated|
|2017||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Comedy Series||Insecure||Nominated|
|2017||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series||Insecure||Nominated|
|2017||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Show of the Year||Insecure||Nominated|
|2018||Austin Film Festival||Extraordinary Contribution to Television||N/A||Won|
Jon Stewart: Don't you feel that black history month serves a purpose? Larry Wilmore: Yes, the purpose of making up for centuries of oppression with 28 days of trivia. You know what? I'd rather we got casinos.