Jordan Carlos coming to Basement East

Jordan Carlos (photo: MTV)

Jordan Carlos (photo: MTV)

Comedian Jordan Carlos (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Samantha Bee, Discovery’s Shark Week) is coming to The Basement East on August 14th at 8:30 pm. Come enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy with Jordan Carlos, a stand-up comic and television personality who is best known for his work as a writer and on-air contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Colbert Report, MTV’s Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court. He’s also known for hosting Shark Week on the Discovery Channel’s Snapchat.

Fresh off an appearance in Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondence Dinner, comedian Jordan Carlos stays busy. You might know him for the shows “Guy Code” and “Girl Code” on MTV. Jordan has officially become “that dude from that thing.” His other credits include The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” “The Colbert Report,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Girls,” and “Broad City,” and most recently, Golden-Globe winner, “The Affair.” College Humor’s go-to Obama, Jordan can also be counted on for a presidential impression with over a million YouTube clicks and counting.
After graduating from Brown University in 2001, Carlos went to work as a copywriter in a New York ad firm. Carlos did this during the day so he could perform stand-up comedy at night and on weekends. Eventually, Carlos chose to abandon advertising altogether, although he feels he had trouble finding a niche audience because he “wasn’t a stereotypical black man.” He learned to use that characteristic as the basis for many of his jokes.

On The Colbert Report, Carlos played Alan, host Stephen Colbert’s “black friend.” Whenever Colbert discussed racial issues, he often asked that a picture of him with his African-American co-worker Alan be shown on screen. Colbert sometimes referred to him as “Alan, my black friend Alan.” Alan first appeared on a Martin Luther King Day program when Colbert, complaining about having to work on the holiday, brought Alan into the argument, hoping that Alan was angry because he had to work, too. To Colbert’s surprise, Alan was not.

Carlos was a writer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and also appeared in sketches and, often, on the panel. His characters include Carlos Jordanson (a Hillary Clinton campaign aide) and Dennis Rodman.
Back in 2008, Carlos did voice work for the animated comedy webseries Amazing the Lion hosted by the Independent Comedy Network. Carlos has appeared as a special guest in “Episode 253: Chuuch” of the Keith and the Girl podcast. He also made an appearance in Nickelback’s “Rockstar” music video and has been a commentator on the E! Network’s Worst Dating Show Moments. He made a brief appearance in the buddy cop film Cop Out. Also, he played the Math teacher in the short film The Old Man and the Seymour and he was cast in a main role on the MTV series I Just Want My Pants Back.

Carlos has also made appearances in’s original videos. Most recently, he portrayed President Barack Obama hosting a barbecue in the video entitled, “Barack Obama’s BBQ.” Jordan was a cast member on Guy Code, Guy Court and Girl Code. Jordan also appeared on two episodes of season 1 of MTV’s “Joking Off.” He also provided the voice of Gene on the animated series Super 4.

Come catch Jordan Carlos live at The Basement East, 917 Woodland St. in East Nashville at 8:30 pm Monday, August 14. Tickets for the 21+ show are only $10, advance or at the door.