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Christopher Jerell Redd, or Chris Redd as he is popularly known, is a prominent American comedian, actor, and writer. He is also a well-known rapper for his varied singing style. Redd was a member of the NBC sketch comedy series and was a regular at “Saturday Night Live” for quite some time.
Redd went on to win the Primetime Emmy award for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for co-writing the song Come Back Barack. The song instantly hit a chord with the liberal audience and lamented the end of the former President’s tenure at the White House.
Career in Comedy and Other Achievements
Chris Redd also went on to star in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Disjointed by Netflix. He also received positive reviews for his performance in Kenan, where he starred alongside his SNL cast member Kenan Thompson. This comedy television series received high ratings and required Redd to travel frequently between New York City and Los Angeles.
Redd is from Missouri and later moved to Naperville, a suburb in Chicago when he was still a kid. Redd had a childhood stutter, and he started learning how to rap to overcome the issue. He also started doing improvisational theater classes when attending a community college in Illinois to improve his self-confidence.
Redd started as a rapper but turned to sketch comedy soon after. He started working with “The Second City” comedy group and later made his film debut with Hunter the Hungry. Between his film and television appearances, he regularly conducts stand-up tours, taking him to prominent clubs and venues all over the country.
Redd started appearing regularly on Saturday Night Live with newcomers like Heidi Gardner and Luke Null. He also started doing celebrity impersonations, mainly of politicians like US Senator Cory Booker and Mayor Eric Adams. He also impersonated Kanye West and Sterling K. Brown.
Redd received accolades for his stand-up comedy album, But Here We Are, which was released by Comedy Central Records. He also has a slew of comedy specials lined up. He is also slated to appear in the film Spinning Gold, where he will star as a Disc Jockey for the first-ever black music radio station in New York.
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