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Deon Cole is originally from the south side of Chicago. Deon’s charismatic personality and original style make him one of the most popular performers in the comedy scene today. As a standup, he has been featured on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central: John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Laffapalooza, and Mash Ups along with his own 1 / 2 Hour Special. Deon is also an actor, having appeared in MTV’s Short Circuitz and Wild N’ Out with Nick Cannon, as well as Barbershop 1and 2. Most recently, Deon was featured in FX’s The League.
After Deon’s 2009 standup appearance on The Tonight Show, he was offered a job as a staff writer for the show and has since made weekly appearances as a commentator/performer on the show. In 2010, he was nominated for his first Emmy and Writers Guild Award along with the other writers of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and he was named one of the “Top 10 Comedians to Watch” by Variety. In 2011, Deon received his second Emmy Nomination for his work with the writers of Conan. He also had the experience of a lifetime touring with and performing his standup on Conan O’Brien’s The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour. Deon most recently had his own show on TBS called, Deon Cole's Black Box. A video clip and social commentary show where Deon offered up his unique views on what was happening in the world.