David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier stars as Jerrod’s outspoken and contrarian father, Joe Carmichael, in the NBC comedy The Carmichael Show.
Countless theater, television film and comedic endeavors have pushed Grier’s career to remarkable heights. His ability to excel across all mediums and contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comic timing and creative drive. The three-time Tony and Grammy Award nominee was trained in Shakespeare and received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Grier has received many accolades and awards throughout his career, not the least of which was his inclusion on Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” Read More
On the big screen, Grier recently starred in Peeples (2013), opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. He made his film debut in Streamers (1983), directed by Robert Altman, for which he won the Golden Lion for best actor at the Venice Film Festival. He also appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie Dance Flick (2009).
Grier’s TV work is highlighted by his turn as a cast member on the Emmy Award-winning series In Living Color (1990–94), where he created and portrayed some of the show’s most memorable characters. He starred in DAG (2000–01) and Life With Bonnie (2003), which earned him Image and Golden Satellite Award nominations. In 2008, Grier created, wrote and starred in Comedy Central’s Chocolate News. In 2014 he starred in Bad Teacher on CBS.
Grier returned to his Broadway roots in 2015 in NBC’s live television production of The Wiz Live! as the iconic role of the Cowardly Lion. His performance earned him two Image Awards and two Critics’ Choice Awards nominations.
Grier recently wrapped a nationwide comedy tour, where he was joined by In Living Color co-star Tommy Davidson.
Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in The First, for which he earned a Tony nomination for best featured actor in a musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the cast of Dreamgirls before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier’s Play, for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation, A Soldier’s Story (1984).
In 2009-10 Grier starred in David Mamet’s acclaimed play Race, opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, for which he received his second Tony nomination. He received the third Tony nomination in 2012 for The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. In 2013, Grier received his first Grammy nomination for the cast recording of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which was nominated for best musical theater album.
Amber Stevens West
Amber Stevens West stars as Jerrod’s therapist in-training girlfriend, Maxine, in the NBC comedy The Carmichael Show. West was last seen starring alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the box office hit 22 Jump Street, where she played Maya, the daughter of Ice Cube and Jonah Hill’s love interest. Read More
Other recent film credits include The Amazing Spider Man and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. West garnered attention for her work on ABC Family’s hit series Greek and recently guest-starred on New Girl and Criminal Minds. Other TV credits include How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Jerrod Carmichael executive produces and stars as himself in the third season of NBC’s comedy The Carmichael Show. Carmichael is evolving the landscape of comedy with his emerging performances in stand-up, television and film. In March, Jerrod will star in his second stand-up comedy special on HBO, directed by Bo Burnham. He made his debut on HBO in 2014 with his critically acclaimed one-hour special, Love at the Store, directed by Spike Lee.Read More
On the big screen, Jerrod joins the cast of Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, opposite Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Anthony Hopkins, which will hit theaters in June. He’ll also appear in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, set for release later this year.
Last year Carmichael reprised his role as Garf in the comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and was also seen in Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler, opposite Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons.
Carmichael’s past film credits include the box office hit Neighbors, opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.
Lil Rel Howery
Lil Rel Howery stars as Jerrod’s brother, Bobby Carmichael, in NBC’s comedy The Carmichael Show. A comedian, actor, writer and producer, Howery currently co-stars in the feature thriller Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele and co-starring Catherine Keener and Allison Williams.Read More
Howery’s first hourlong standup special, RELevant, premiered on Comedy Central in September and was executive produced by Kevin Hart. The telecast was named one of the 10 best stand-up specials of 2015 by Vulture.com and has become a favorite of fans and comedy heavyweights. Howery’s first standup special, an installment of Comedy Central’s The Half Hours, premiered in 2013.
Howery can also be seen in the cast of the “gleefully absurd” (Chicago Sun Times) weekly sketch comedy show Friends of the People, airing on TruTV. Howery stars, writes and executive produces the series. In addition to his comedy series and specials, Howery was previously a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, followed by show-stopping performances on Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, BET’s Comic View, HBO’s Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey and The Arsenio Hall Show.
He has appeared on Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out and E!’s Chelsea Lately, and has lent his voice to the FXX animated series The Lucas Bros Moving Co. Howery was listed as one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch at the 2012 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. He performs standup to sold-out crowds across the country.
Loretta Devine stars as Jerrod’s mother, Cynthia, on NBC’s comedy The Carmichael Show. An Emmy Award-winning actress, Devine first captured national attention in the role of Lorrell in Michael Bennett’s Broadway musical Dreamgirls. She followed that performance with a fiery portrayal of Lillian in Bob Fosse’s critically acclaimed stage production “Big Deal.” Subsequent work in George C. Wolfe’s Colored Museum and Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill cemented Devine’s status as a talented and versatile stage actress.Read More
Film roles soon followed, including a poignant turn in “Waiting to Exhale,” which earned Devine her first NAACP Image Award. Her second NAACP Image Award came for her work in Penny Marshall’s The Preacher’s Wife. Devine received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in Women Thou Art Loosed and was also featured in the Academy Award-winning film Crash and Dreamgirls.
Other film credits include This Christmas, First Sunday, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Death at a Funeral, Lottery Ticket, For Colored Girls, Jumping the Broom and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. Indies on Devine’s resume include Robert Townsend’s In the Hive, which earned Devine a NAACP Image Award nomination, You’re Not You and The Sound and the Fury. She’ll also be seen in the upcoming Kristen Wiig dramedy Welcome to Me.
For her work as Adele on Grey’s Anatomy, Devine earned both an Emmy Award and nomination, a Gracie Allen Award, a Critics’ Choice Television Awards nomination and a NAACP Image Award and nomination.
In total, Devine has won eight NAACP Image Awards and has received 18 nominations. She received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Pan African Film Festival and the NAACP Theatre Awards.
Besides Grey’s Anatomy, Devine’s TV credits include A Different World, The PJs, Boston Public, Eli Stone, The Client List and Doc McStuffins.
Devine graduated from the University of Houston and later received a Master of Fine Arts from Brandeis University. She also received a Doctorate of Humane Letters as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston.
Devine currently resides in Los Angeles.
Tiffany Haddish stars as Bobby’s ex-wife, Nekeisha, in NBC’s The Carmichael Show. Haddish is a standup comedian and actress who will next be seen in the Universal feature film Girls Trip, produced by Will Packer and directed by Malcom Lee. The film, which co-stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall, will be released in July. In 2016 she co-starred in Keanu, with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.Read More
Haddish recently shot her first one-hour special for Showtime, which will premiere in August. She recurs on Kevin Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and has appeared on New Girl, Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong, Chelsea Lately and @Midnight. She performs standup comedy regularly at the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store and Improv.