Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been crafting his standup for over three years and this year was featured in Variety as being one of the top ten comics to watch, as well as being one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Jerrod is a regular around some of LA’s favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is getting his very first standup special, and it's going to be a big one: an hour-long special for HBO. The untitled special will be taped May 7th, 2014 at The Comedy Store, and it will air later this year. Carmichael's HBO hour is being produced by Funny Or Die and directed by Spike Lee. This will be only the second standup special Spike Lee has directed, following the 2000 standup concert film The Original Kings of Comedy.
In an interview with us back in 2012, Carmichael discussed plans to do a special:
"I have an idea [for a special]. I think it's a good idea. It's very specific to me … If you do a special, you want to do it not just to do a special. You want to do it because you have something to say, and you think it can be impactful. So, what I want to say is coming out more, and I'm excited about that."
It's very rare for HBO to give an hour special to a comedian as new as Carmichael, who, although he's been doing standup since 2008, has never done a set on TV. Most comedians start with late night spots or a half-hour Comedy Central special, so Carmichael getting an hour on HBO, which is a prestigious and sought-after gig in the industry, as his first televised performance says a lot about how much faith HBO has in him.
Carmichael, who ranked first in a 2013 poll we conducted amongst LA bookers and hosts to determine their favorite up and coming standups, has appeared on Fox's The Goodwin Games, the upcoming movie Neighbors, and created and starred in a sitcom pilot that's currently in development at NBC.
Kelly made her film debut at age 8 as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin-The Basement Re-enactment, which was shot on a hand held vhs recorder and received a very limited release…her parents VCR. 10 years and 36 family-videos later, she left her home in Maine to attend New York University, and upon graduating with a BFA in Theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts, Kelly immediately boarded a plane for Los Angeles.
Since moving west, Kelly has transitioned from her classical theatre background, to the raw anything goes world of stand-up comedy and has appeared at clubs across the country, including The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, Gotham NYC, and Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. This versatile comedian, who is often seen with a guitar in hand, wowing crowds with her satirical spoof songs, has made a name for herself online. Kelly is known throughout cyber space as not only a comic but also as “The Vampire Babysitter,” having starred in Fred Figglehorn’s My Babysitter’s a Vampire Music Video. Kelly worked with Fred further, and had sketches she wrote, shot and directed air on NICKELODEON. Kelly is currently part of the sketch group “Pursued by Bear Comedy” and has been featured on Cracked.com and Funny Or Die. She continues to hone her craft on stage in LA and in improv classes at The Upright Citizen's Brigade.