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Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac
Cenac at the launch of Earth (The Book)
Born (1976-04-19) April 19, 1976
New York City, New York
Occupation Actor comedian, writer
Years active 1995–present
Website .comwyattcenac

Wyatt Cenac (; born April 19, 1976) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.[1] He is a former correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, airing his last segment on December 13, 2012.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
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Early life

Cenac was born in New York City.[3] He is of West Indian descent.[4][5][6] His father, a New York City cab driver, was shot and killed when he was 4,[7] when he moved with his mother and stepfather to Dallas, Texas. He attended high school in Texas at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.[8] While in elementary school, he became friends with comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan,[9] who also introduced him to comic books. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [10] before moving to Los Angeles to further his career. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.[11]


Cenac at Pitchfork Music Festival, 2010

Having previously worked for three years as a writer on King of the Hill, Cenac garnered public attention in a The Doomed Planet comedy sketch in which he did an impression of then-senator Barack Obama, discussing possible campaign posters.[12]

In June 2008, Cenac was hired as a correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After making several comedic appearances along with other correspondents, Cenac filed his first field report on July 21, 2008, concerning Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.[13] He continued to integrate satirical Black-oriented material in his Daily Show segments, including "Rapper or Republican"[14] until his final Daily Show appearance on December 13, 2012. In a July 2015 appearance on WTF with Marc Maron, Cenac revealed that his departure from The Daily Show stemmed in part from a heated argument he had with Jon Stewart over a June 2011 Daily Show bit about Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain.[15][16] Despite this, Wyatt appeared on Stewart's final episode of Daily Show; both agreed that they're "good", a reference to the podcast.[17]

In October 2009, he worked with rapper Slim Thug on the music video "Still a Boss", a parody of how the recession is affecting the rap community. Cenac costarred in Medicine for Melancholy, an independent drama by Barry Jenkins released in 2008 that includes issues of African American identity and gentrification in San Francisco.[18][19]

Cenac plays the voice of Lenny and Michael Johnson in the Nickelodeon animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum.[20]

Cenac guest-starred on the MC Frontalot album Solved. Cenac's first hour-long comedy special, Comedy Person, premiered May 14, 2011, on Comedy Central.

In October 2014, Netflix released Cenac's second comedy special, "Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn".[21] In 2014, he guest-starred in an episode of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. The following year, he appeared in a filmed segment with fellow comedians Rachel Feinstein (comedian) and Alex Karpovsky on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.[22]


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