Chinedu is a comedian, actor, writer, best known – he thinks – for his stand up appearances on Television, internationally and around the United States. Most currently Chinedu can be seen on HBO starring in a short film The Big Chop alongside Simone Missick (Misty Knight, Luke Cage) available now and on the upcoming season of Coming to the Stage (HULU). He was last seen on comedy series The Mindy Project (FOX/HULU) and just returned from a tour overseas performing for the US Troops stationed across the Middle East and a comedy tour of India.
Born and raised in south Los Angeles with direct Nigerian roots, Chinedu got his start in comedy after a friend in college dared him to try stand up. Chinedu, always down for a 180 degree life change, told himself “Why not?” After a successful enough first show (didn’t cry or shit his pants) Chinedu 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 finishing school, Chinedu moved back to LA to pursue his entertainment dreams and because that’s where his mother lived. Chinedu began performing nightly anywhere he could, while attending grad school and teaching students with special needs until he figured out how to make a living (eat most days) through his passion.
A fews years later, CHINEDU is still eating peanut butter everyday, but has established himself as a smooth comedic presence performing regularly at some of the country’s most renowned comedy clubs. Including his local favorites: The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy and Magic Club, The Laugh Factory, The Westside comedy Theatre, The Comedy Store and many more. As well as independently touring universities nationwide annually through his “Study Break” College Comedy Tour and featuring for Damon Wayans Jr. on the road.
Chinedu has also competed in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity competition – being named a top ten finalist out of 1000 + comedians, was featured on NUVO’s TV Stand Up and Deliver, Fox’s Laughs and other networks. Furthermore, his name can be seen on the credits as writer for a comedy project that was aired for SHOWTIME and was featured in 5 comedy festivals including Laughing Skull and Bridgetown.
Chinedu is also the creator of The Comedy Kickback, a once a month stand up comedy show, that happens every second Friday in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Improv in The Lab and a co-creator of the Off The Ropes comedy show, a once a month stand up comedy show that happens in downtown LA at Angel City Brewery.
Chinedu’s overall goal is to become successful enough to the point where spell check will stop trying to convince him that he spelled his name wrong.
Keep a look out for his 1st comedy album coming soon (unless he’s blows up this year – then you’ll have to wait for his TV special instead)!