DWAYNE KENNEDY is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer. As a producer, he won a 2019 Emmy Award Winner for the CNN original series United Shades of America.
Described as a “world-class stand-up” by The Village Voice and “legendary” by the Chicago Tribune, Dwayne is one of the funniest, most thought-provoking and influential comedians of our time. His satirical diversions and piercing perspective on social and world issues showcase a comedic genius heralded by the likes of Chris Rock and Marc Maron.
Winner of Best Comedian at the 2002 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Dwayne has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The New Negroes and has both a Comedy Central Presents and Showtime special.
A former writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced, critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Dwayne has also written for The Arsenio Hall Show (CBS) and The Orlando Jones Show (FX). Dwayne’s acting credits include roles on such classic series as Seinfeld, Martin, 227, Amen and the upcoming Lindy West/ Ahamefule J Oluo penned indie-film Thin Skin.
After self-releasing his debut EP in 2016, his first full-length comedy album Who The Hell Is Dwayne Kennedy? came out on Oak Head Records in May 2020. The album was produced by Ahamefule J. Oluo and co-produced by comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu.