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In 2015, Roy Wood Jr., became part of “The Best F#@ing News Team as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. In addition, in 2017, he was named the new host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series, “This is Not Happening.” In its fourth season, This Is Not Happening is set to film 20 new episodes hosted by Wood Jr. in front of a live audience at Cheetahs in Hollywood for a fall premier on Comedy Central.
Entertainment Weekly described the thought-provoking comedy of Roy Wood Jr. as “Charismatic Crankiness.” His comedy has entertained millions across stage, television and radio. Prior to The Daily Show, Wood co-starred for two seasons season on TBS’ Sullivan & Son, playing the loving drinking buddy of star Steve Byrne, who has returned to Pittsburgh to run the family bar.
Wood, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, began his comedy career in 1999 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. In October 2006, Wood made his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2008, Wood appeared on HBO’s historic Def Comedy Jam. In 2010, he was selected by America as one of the top three finalists on Last Comic Standing on NBC. Wood has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, TBS’ Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hehas also performed for the troops on USO tours to Guam and The Philippines.
Wood appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in the New Faces Showcase, an appearance that lead the Hollywood Reporter to call Roy a "standout". He is also known for his prank calls which he's done for over a decade on various radio morning shows including the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show. In addition he has been a regular contributor to ESPN’s Sports Nation. His first full comedy CD 'Things I Think, I Think' was released in 2013.
In 2017, Roy Wood Jr.’s first one hour standup special, “Father Figure,” premiered on Comedy Central along with an extended uncensored album of the same name released by Comedy Central Records.