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7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Larry Wilmore

Posted By Patrick Kiger On May 14, 2014 @ 1:21 pm In Bulletin Today,Entertainment | Comments Disabled

Larry Wilmore [1]If you watch The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, you already know Larry Wilmore as its “Senior Black Correspondent.” But when Comedy Central picked him [2] to host a new show of his own, The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore [3], which will replace the departing Stephen Colbert in the 11:30 p.m. slot in January 2015, the 52-year-old actor-writer-producer expressed surprise at getting the opportunity – not because of his race, but because of his age.

“I’ve been in the business for a while,” Wilmore recently told the New York Times [4]. “I really thought the window was closed …”

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Here are seven things you probably didn’t know about Wilmore:


  • He studied theater at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona before dropping out to pursue an acting career.


  • Wilmore got his start in television in the 1990s, working as a writer on shows such as In Living Color, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Jamie Foxx Show.


  • In the early 1990s, he was a contestant on Star Search as a standup comic. Here’s a rare clip of one of his comedy club appearances: YouTube Preview Image [6]


  • He is the co-creator of two TV series: The PJs, an animated comedy in which he teamed with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series in 2002.


  • In addition to working as a writer and producer for The Office, he appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity trainer.



  • Before he was offered his own program by Comedy Central, Wilmore was set to be showrunner for a new ABC comedy series, Black-ish [8], featuring comic movie actor and former Law & Order star Anthony Anderson [9]. I couldn’t believe it came from [ABC parent] Disney, of all places,” he told the New York Times. “But then I thought: I guess Mickey Mouse is black, when you think about it.”


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Photo: thelarrywilmore.com


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/LW_7620_lores.jpg

[2] picked him: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/daily-show-larry-wilmore-replace-colbert-report-slot-article-1.1786812

[3] The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/

[4] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/business/media/larry-wilmore-is-ready-for-the-minority-report.html

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[6] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTcZsXkCl0s

[7] I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts: http://books.google.com/books?id=6zzZxKjy6kAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22I%27d+rather+we+got+casinos%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xl5yU6ieCI6SyAT06YHoDw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22I

[8] Black-ish: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/anthony-anderson-star-abc-comedy-671723

[9] Anthony Anderson: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0026364/

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[11] Colbert: Last Boomer on Network Late Night: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/10/colbert-last-boomer-on-network-late-night/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[12] 7 Things You Should Never Say to Customer Service: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-07-2008/seven_things_never_say.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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