Jerrod Carmichael: 5 Things To Know About Comedian Hosting ‘SNL’ This Weekend

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is hosting the April 2 episode of 'Saturday Night Live.' Find out everything you need to know about Jerrod.

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Saturday Night Live is welcoming a new host to the Studio 8H stage on April 2. Comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael, 34, is leading the show alongside musical guest Gunna. He joins fellow stars like Kim Kardashian, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, Oscar Isaac, and Zoe Kravitz who have hosted an episode of SNL in season 47.  Jerrod already has an impressive career resume, but this gig is going to bring his success to an all-time high. Here’s everything you need to know about Jerrod Carmichael.

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Jerrod Carmichael at the 2019 Winter TCA on February 11, 2019 (Photo: Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

1. Jerrod is from North Carolina.

Jerrod was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His family did not have a lot of money while he was growing up. Jerrod graduated from Robert B. Glenn High School in 2005. Once he turned 20, Jerrod moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.

2. His career started with open-mic nights.

Like many comedians, Jerrod started off doing open-mic nights. He typically performed at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. Eventually Jerrod made a name for himself and got noticed by the higher-ups in Hollywood. That led to him landing his first official acting role in the 2014 film Neighbors alongside Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Dave Franco. Aside from some acting roles, Jerrod has released two stand-up HBO specials.

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Jerrod Carmichael at the ‘Transformers’ The Last Knight’ premiere in June 2017 (Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA/Shutterstock)

3. He co-created a sitcom.

Jerrod’s most notable work, so far, is his semi-biographical sitcom The Carmichael Show. He co-created, co-wrote, produced and starred in the project, which aired on NBC for three seasons from 2015 to 2017. The series followed a fictional version of Jerrod’s family in North Carolina. Amber Stevens West played his girlfriend, Lil Rey Howery played his brother, Tiffany Haddish played his wife, Loretta Devine played his mother, and David Alan Grier played his father.

4. He’s transitioned into acting.

Jerrod’s acting career started with Neighbors and hasn’t slowed down since then. He appeared in the 2016 sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. He had minor roles in the Oscar-nominated movie The Disaster Artist and in Transformers: The Last Knight. He directed, produced, and starred in the 2021 comedy film On the Count of Three. Jerrod is set to star in the upcoming film Poor Things with Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, and Ramy Youssef.

5. Jerrod’s been open about his sexuality.

In his HBO comedy special Home Videos, Jerrod revealed that he’s had relationships with both men and women. “I’ve hooked up with dudes before,” he told his mother, Cynthia. Jerrod also spoke about his sexuality during a June 2019 interview with The Breakfast Club. “Here’s the thing: I’m always gonna present things as honest as I can. I just accept that if you’re not gonna accept that — you’re not gonna accept me, you’re not gonna accept my work,” he said. “I’m cool with that. I’m cool with letting that go. I don’t think that’s in any way a disruption to life, or to career, or to personal relationships that I care about. Express what you’re feeling. Be you.”

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