Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac
Wyatt Cenac Earth launch Shankbone.jpg
Cenac in 2010 at Earth book launch
BornWyatt John Foster Cenac Jr.
(1976-04-19) April 19, 1976 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1995-present
Websitewww.wyattcenac.com

Wyatt Cenac (; born April 19, 1976) is an American comedian, actor, producer and Emmy Award winning writer.[1] He was a correspondent and a writer for The Daily Show from 2008 to 2012.[2] He starred in the TBS series People of Earth and in Barry Jenkins's first feature Medicine for Melancholy. He currently hosts and produces the HBO series Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas.

Early life

Cenac was born in New York on April 19, 1976 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan and spent his early years in the Bronx.[3] His father Wyatt Cenac Sr. was a cab driver born in Saint Mark Parish, Grenada in 1944. He was shot and killed in his cab by a teenage passenger in Harlem when Cenac was five. Cenac moved with his mother, a New York native, and Trinidadian stepfather to Dallas, Texas in 1981.[4][5] He spent his summers with his maternal grandmother in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in an apartment on President Street.[6]

While in elementary school, he became friends with comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan,[7] who also introduced him to comic books. He graduated from the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas[8] and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill[9] before moving to Los Angeles. As of October 2014, Cenac lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn[10] and previously lived in Prospect Heights during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Cenac is the nephew of the Hon. Mr. Justice Dunbar Cenac, Registry of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. His father was the cousin of former deputy prime minister of Grenada Bernard Coard, who was imprisoned for 25 years following the American invasion of Grenada in October 1983. Cenac's paternal 3x-great-grandfather Cherebin Cenac was an officer from Agen, France on a French battleship during the Napoleonic Wars who settled in Soufrière, Saint Lucia. Cherebin's youngest child Francis (1830-1892) later emigrated to Grenada.

Career

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 The Doomed Planet comedy sketch in which he did an impression of then-senator Barack Obama, discussing possible campaign posters.[11]

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; titled "Baruch Obama," the report discussed Jewish voters' opinions of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.[12] He continued to integrate satirical Black-oriented material in his Daily Show segments, including "Rapper or Republican"[13] 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.[14][15] Despite this, Wyatt appeared on Stewart's final episode of Daily Show; both agreed that they're "good", a reference to the Maron podcast.[16]

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.[17][18]

Cenac plays the voice of Lenny and Michael Johnson in the Nickelodeon animated series Fanboy & Chum Chum.[19]

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.[20]

In October 2014, Netflix released Cenac's second comedy special, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn.[21] This album was nominated at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album.[22] 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 and Alex Karpovsky on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.[23]

Cenac has also co-hosted four episodes of The Bugle podcast with Andy Zaltzman since 2016.[24][25]

Cenac released his third stand up album "Furry Dumb Fighter" in 2016 both digitally and on vinyl.[26] It was recorded in Madison, WI.[27] Cenac reports that his album titled is meant to sound like "freedom fighter."

Cenac's film roles include parts in Sleepwalk with Me and Hits, as well as a lead role in 2016's Jacqueline Argentine and 2017's festival hit, Fits and Starts (2017 film), a film nominated for multiple awards, including the feature film grand jury prize at the prestigious South by Southwest film festival. Cenac released a web-series titled "aka Wyatt Cenac"[28] about his life as the Viceroy for a gentrifying Brooklyn. Cenac's HBO docuseries, "Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas", premiered in April 2018.[29]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Grounds Zero Bad Tipper Short film
2006 The Great Sketch Experiment Prisoner Sketch: "So You Want to Be a Cop"
2008 Medicine for Melancholy Micah
2008 Dating Catwoman Catwoman's Boyfriend Short film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Chris
2014 Hits Babatunde
2014 Growing Up And Other Lies Gunderson
2016 Jacqueline Argentine Director
2017 Fits and Starts (2017 film) David
2017 I Do... Until I Don't Zander

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004-2008 King of the Hill Guard/Cameraman/Dr. Stephens/Football Announcer/Tough-Looking Guy Wrote two episodes
2007 Yacht Rock James Ingram Episode: "Footloose"
2008-2012 The Daily Show Himself/Various Wrote 570 episodes
2009-2014 Fanboy & Chum Chum Lenny/Various 24 episodes
2010 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear TV special; writer
2011 Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person Himself Stand-up special; also writer, executive producer
2013 The Venture Bros. Tommy/Mr. Blunder Episode: "What Color Is Your Cleansuit?"
2014 TripTank Bin Laden/Dick
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "Boomer Lives"
2014 Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn Himself Stand-up special; also writer, director, executive producer
2014 BoJack Horseman Wayne (voice) Two episodes
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Guy Friend #1 Episode: "I'm Sorry"
2016-2017 People of Earth Ozzie Graham 20 episodes
2016 Night Train with Wyatt Cenac Himself 6 episodes
2017 Archer Cliff 2 episodes
2017 Bob's Burgers Cool Nick 1 episode
2018 Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas Himself

References

  1. ^ "Comedy Central Wins Three Big Primetime Emmy Awards for Long-Time Favorites 'The Daily Show' and 'South Park". Viacom. September 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Margaret Lyons (November 26, 2012). "Wyatt Cenac Is Leaving The Daily Show". Vulture. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Julie Seabaugh (June 28, 2016). "Wyatt Cenac: Permanent Trainsition". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Andy Beta (October 20, 2014). "Wyatt Cenac Skewers Brooklyn's Preciousness in Netflix Comedy Special". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Kristin Iversen (September 2, 2014). "The People In Your Neighborhood: Wyatt Cenac". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Wyatt Cenac (May 13, 2011). "Comedian Wyatt Cenac Drinks Mint Juleps, Is Sorry He Doesn't Eat More Vegetables". New York. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ Robert Wilonsky (June 25, 2008). "Tonight on The Daily Show, Jesuit Grad Wyatt Cenac Becomes Part of "The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever"". The Dallas Observer - Unfair Park. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Maron, Marc. "WTF Episode 622 Interview with Wyatt Cenac".
  10. ^ Jim Farber (October 19, 2014). "Comic Wyatt Cenac sends up a gentrified Brooklyn in new Netflix special and album". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Wyatt Cenac; David Guy Levy (January 29, 2007). Barack Obama: Campaign Posters (.swf) (video). The Doomed Planet. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ Wyatt Cenac; Jeremy Ring (July 21, 2008). Baruch Obama (video) (.swf). Comedy Central The Daily Show. Retrieved 2010.
  13. ^ Wyatt Cenac; Jon Stewart; Jason Jones (July 29, 2008). Rapper or Republican (video) (.swf). Comedy Central The Daily Show. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ Jung, E. Alex (July 23, 2015). "Jon Stewart Told Wyatt Cenac to 'F*ck Off' When He Was Challenged About Race". Vulture.com.
  15. ^ "Episode 622 - Wyatt Cenac". WTF with Marc Maron (Podcast). July 23, 2015.
  16. ^ Stahler, Kelsea. "Wyatt Cenac Visits Jon Stewart On His Last 'Daily Show' & They're "Good"".
  17. ^ Pam Grady (2007). "Medicine for Melancholy". San Francisco International Film Festival. Retrieved 2010.
  18. ^ A.O. Scott (2009). "A Short-Term Affair Leads to Big Questions". New York Times. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ "Full cast and crew for Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009)". The Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  20. ^ "Wyatt Cenac's stand-up special comes to Comedy Central". Retrieved .
  21. ^ Vikram Murthi (2014). "Wyatt Cenac's sophomore special intimately explores a thoughtful mind". theavclub. Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ "Wyatt Cenac". grammy.com. May 22, 2018.
  23. ^ Friedman, Megan (May 4, 2015). "John Oliver Has Some Non-Creepy New Catchphrases for Bud Light". Elle. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ "The Bugle". feeds.thebuglepodcast.com. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Radiotopia presents The Bugle o Kings Place". Kings Place. Retrieved .
  26. ^ RECORDS, ASPECIALTHING. "Wyatt Cenac - Furry Dumb Fighter - 2xLP vinyl / ASPECIALTHING RECORDS". astrecords.bigcartel.com.
  27. ^ "Comedy Stuffs". Wyatt Cenac.
  28. ^ "aka Wyatt Cenac". topic.com.
  29. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 16, 2017). "Wyatt Cenac to Star in HBO Late-Night Docuseries From Executive Producer John Oliver". Variety.

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