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Chris Redd
Birth name Christopher Jerell Redd
Born (1985-03-25) March 25, 1985 (age 38)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Years active 2014–present
Genres sketch comedy

Christopher Jerell Redd (born March 25, 1985) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 2017 to 2022. For his work on the show, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2018 for co-writing the SNL song "Come Back Barack". He is also known for his roles in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Disjointed (2017–2018), and Kenan (2021–2022).

Early life

Redd was born on March 25, 1985, in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, at the age of eight. According to Redd, he had a childhood stutter that he overcame by learning how to rap. He attended Naperville schools, including Gregory Middle School and Neuqua Valley High School, and later attended community college in Elgin, Illinois, where he took his first improvisational theater class.


Redd briefly pursued a career as a rapper, but switched to sketch comedy after realizing that he enjoyed improvisational comedy. He took comedy classes at Jokes & Notes, a now-closed comedy club in Chicago. Redd joined the comedy group The Second City, and was a member of its touring company. He moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to further pursue an acting career, and made his film debut as Hunter the Hungry, an underground rapper, in the 2016 mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. .....

After a previous unsuccessful audition for Saturday Night Live, it was announced in September 2017 that Redd had joined the show's cast as a featured player for season 43, alongside fellow newcomers Heidi Gardner and Luke Null. In 2018, Redd won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for writing the song "Come Back Barack", which lamented former president Barack Obama's departure from the White House and aired during Chance the Rapper's episode on November 18, 2017. The award was shared with co-writers Kenan Thompson and Will Stephen, and composer Eli Brueggemann. Redd and Gardner were promoted to repertory status in 2019, ahead of SNL's 45th season. His celebrity impressions on the show included U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Kanye West, Sterling K. Brown, and Mayor Eric Adams. Redd left SNL in 2022, after the show's 47th season.

Redd's debut stand-up comedy album, But Here We Are, was released by Comedy Central Records in March 2019. Between 2021 and 2022, Redd co-starred in the comedy television series Kenan, alongside his SNL castmate Kenan Thompson. Their ongoing roles in both shows resulted in frequent travel between New York City, where SNL is filmed, and Los Angeles, where Kenan was filmed. Redd is slated to appear in the upcoming film Spinning Gold as Frankie Crocker, a disc jockey for the first black music radio station in New York. Other recent projects include the Lorne Michaels–produced comedy series Bust Down, in which Redd plays a discontented casino employee, and a stand-up comedy special on HBO Max.

Personal life

In October 2022, Redd was assaulted by an unknown assailant outside of a comedy club in New York. He was then taken to the hospital, and later released.

Other activities

In June 2020, Redd and fellow The Second City alumna Lisa Beasley raised over $360,000 on GoFundMe to cover the medical costs of racial justice protestors who had contracted COVID-19. After Second City CEO Andrew Alexander resigned during the same month over allegations of institutional racism within the group, Redd and 18 other black alumni and current employees signed an open letter calling for an independent investigation into the allegations.



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Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Hunter the Hungry
2017 Handsome Detective Gunner
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Skeptical Black Man
2018 Deep Murder Jace
2019 Joker Comedy Club Emcee
2020 Scare Me Carlo
2020 Vampires vs. the Bronx Andre
TBA Spinning Gold Not yet released Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s).
2014 Chicago P.D. Carl Episode: "Thirty Balloons"
2015 Empire Roger 2 episodes
2016 Lonely and Horny Omar 4 episodes
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! The Cleaning Crew Rapper Episode: "Krysten Ritter Wears a Turtleneck and Black Boots"
2017 Love Justin 2 episodes
2017 Detroiters Donut Episode: "Smilin' Jack"
2017 Sofia the First Singe (voice) Episode: "The Royal Dragon"
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Mason 2 episodes
2017–2018 Disjointed Steven "Dank" Dankerson 18 episodes
2017 Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents Himself Stand-up special
2017–2022 Saturday Night Live Himself/Various Repertory player
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (2018)

2017 Will & Grace Alvin Episode: "Emergency Contact"
2018 Teachers Darnell Episode: "For Poorer or Poorer"
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Additional voices Episode: "Junkin' Janna/A Spell with No Name"
2019 Big Mouth Additional voice 2 episodes
2021–2022 Kenan Gary Williams Main role
2022 Bust Down Chris Main role; also co-creator, executive producer, and star
2022 The Simpsons Trevor McBride (voice) Episode: "Girls Just Shauna Have Fun"


Year Title Notes Ref.
2019 But Here We Are Stand-up comedy album
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