Chinedu loves to make others laugh. “There is truly no better compliment a person can give me than to laugh at something I’ve said. Laughter is genuine, it’s real and usually the beginning of a friendship.”
Born and raised in south Los Angeles with direct Nigerian roots, Chinedu is making his way quickly through the comedy scene. He got his start in comedy after a friend in college frequently dared/encouraged him to “try stand up with your funny a**.” Chinedu, always down for a 180 degree life change, told himself “Why not?” After a successful first show Chinedu immediately became hooked; performing at every talent show, open mic and stand up night he could find at and around the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating with a degree in Sociology, Chinedu moved back to LA falling deeper in love with comedy; performing nightly, while still teaching students with special needs and earning a Masters in Education at LMU.
A fews years later, CHINEDU has now established himself as a smooth intelligent comedic presence performing regularly at some of the country’s most renowned comedy clubs. Including his local favorites: The Hollywood Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy and Magic Club, The Comedy Store, The Comedy Union and Flappers Comedy Club. You might have seen his name on the same line up with other renown comedians such as: Dom Irrera, Dane Cook, Deon Cole, Chris D’elia, Ian Edwards, Marlon Wayans, and the list goes on. As well as independently touring universities nationwide annually through his “Study Break” College Comedy Tour reaching from USC and UCLA in Los Angeles to Ithaca College and Cornell University in New York.
Chinedu most recently was just featured as an actor on the hit FOX show THE MINDY PROJECT and competed in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity – being named a top ten finalist out of more than 900 comedians. In addition, he was featured on NUVO’s TV Stand Up and Deliver, was 1 of 7 featured comedians for the first Hollywood Black Film festival comedy series, and was named as a top finalist at the latest Ventura Harbor, Burbank, San Diego and the nationally recognized Laughing Skull Comedy Festival (2014). Chinedu comedic talents were also featured on television in his own one hour comedy special on The Africa Channel as apart of Africa Laughs, which still continually airs internationally on Time Warner Cable. Furthermore, his name can be seen on the credits as lead writer on comedy specials that were aired on SHOWTIME. Lastly, Chinedu is the creator of The Comedy Kickback, a once a month sell out stand up comedy show w/ a twist, that happens every second Friday in Los Angeles.
Appearing on numerous stages, Chinedu provides the audience with a fresh point of view, a welcoming persona and hilarious flips in logic that you often don’t see coming. Having performed everywhere there is a mic: clubs, colleges, corporate events, weddings, etc. across the country, Chinedu has been labeled by audiences, comedians and bookers as “clever energy with an array of jokes that are original, universal and as someone who is ready for primetime.”
Chinedu’s overall goal is to “become successful enough to the point where spell check will stop trying to convince me I spelled my name wrong.”