Lil Rel Howery

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Lil Rel Howery
Lil Rel.jpg
Lil Rel in 2010
Born (1979-12-17) December 17, 1979 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois
Years active 2001–present
Genres Comedy
Notable works and roles Friends of the People,
The Carmichael Show,
Get Out

Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (born December 17, 1979) is an American actor and comedian. Howery is best known for his role as Robert Carmichael in NBC's television comedy series The Carmichael Show (2015–) and for his role as TSA officer Rod Williams in Jordan Peele's social thriller Get Out (2017).


Lil Rel Howery began performing stand-up comedy on Chicago’s East Side at a club called the Lion’s Den.[1] he made his television debut in January 2007 when he appeared on the reality TV competition Last Comic Standing.[2]

In 2012, Howery and five other comedians starred in a revival of the popular 1990s comedy sketch program In Living Color on FOX,[3] the show was cancelled in 2013. Howery went on to work as a writer, producer, and one of the regular cast members of the truTV sketch comedy series, Friends of the People;[4] in 2015, Howery began co-starring in the role of Bobby Carmichael on the NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show alongside the show’s creator, Jerrod Carmichael.[5]

In early 2016, Netflix added Howery's first exclusive solo stand-up special, Kevin Hart Presents: Lil Rel: RELevent, for streaming in the United States.[6]

Howery won the 2017 "Best Comedic Performance" MTV Movie & TV Award for his performance in Jordan Peele's satire horror film Get Out [7]

Personal life[edit]

Lil Rel Howery grew up on the West Side of Chicago.[1]


  1. ^ a b "LilRel Howery bio". IMDb. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Howery, Lil Rel. "Last Comic Standing". MySpace. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Meet the New Cast of Fox's New 'In Living Color'". Huffington Post. April 3, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Bernhardt, Ross (4 September 2015). "Lil Rel Howery: The Comedy King of Chicago". Paste. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Carmichael Show: About: Lil Rel Howery". NBC. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent | Netflix". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Lil Rel Deserved So Much Better For His Big MTV Movie & TV Awards Win". 

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