Roy Wood Jr

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Roy Wood Jr

Roy Wood Jr (born December 11, 1978 in Birmingham) is a comedian and comedy writer.

Wood, son of black radio pioneer Roy Wood Sr and much younger half-brother of former WVTM-TV news anchor Roy L. Wood Jr, grew up in West End, attending Central Park Elementary School and Center Street Middle School before he graduated from Ramsay High School in 1996. He was also a member of the A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club and attended First Baptist Church of Ensley. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism at Florida A&M University in 2001. When visiting home in 1998 he took the stage at the Comedy Club Stardome, and later did spots at the Tide & Tiger, Phoenix Cabaret, and WorkPlay as well.

Wood began his radio career as a morning reporter at Tallahassee's Hot 105.7 FM, while polishing his stand-up material. He took a break from school to open for comedian Tommy Davidson on tour, but returned to complete his degree in 2001. After graduating he moved back to Birmingham and briefly held a job at the Golden Corral in Hoover. He volunteered as an on-air prank caller for the Buck Wilde Morning Show on WBHJ-FM (95.7 JAMZ) in 2001 and earned a paying job as a writer and producer for the program in 2003. He collected his prank calls on CDs which he sold at stand-up performances and at Music-N-More in Birmingham. Many of them became popular on his website, on, on 40 broadcast stations and Jamie Foxx's SIRIUS radio station nationwide.

Wood left WBHJ and moved to Los Angeles in 2006. During Operation Enduring Freedom he sent free compact disc recordings of his prank call sketches to troops stationed overseas. In 2008 he appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam and on the Late Show with David Letterman, among other programs.

Wood, who made it to the semi-finals of CBS' "Star Search" in 2003, auditioned for the NBC reality show "Last Comic Standing" in 2002 and 2007 before being accepted in 2010 as one of ten finalists to compete on the program. He finished third.

In September 2010, after Buck Wilde moved to Dallas, Texas, Wood returned to WBHJ-FM as host of his own Roy Wood Jr Morning Show show, with Nu York and B Money staying on as sidekicks. He was cast in the TBS network situation comedy "Sullivan and Son" in 2012. In September of that year, Wood staged a false controversy to mark his departure from the morning radio program, which continued without him as the Magic City Morning Show. After Sullivan and Son ended in 2014 Wood was hired as a featured correspondent for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah. When Noah stepped down, Wood was described as a top candidate to host the program. As that process languished, Wood made the decision not to return to the program.

He was also considered a candidate to replace James Corden as host of the CBS' "The Late Late Show". Wood was also chosen to follow Noah as featured entertainer for the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April 2023.


  • Wood, Roy Jr (2003) "My Momma Made Me Wear This"
  • Wood, Roy Jr (2005) "Confessions of a High School Bench Warmer"
  • Wood, Roy Jr (2007) "I'll Slap You to Sleep". Image Entertainment


  • "Sullivan & Son" (2012–2014), TBS
  • "Delores & Jermaine" (2015), ABC
  • "The Daily Show" (2015–2024), Comedy Central
  • "Roy Wood Jr: Father Figure" (2017) Comedy Central
  • "This is Not Happening" (2017–) Comedy Central
  • "The Death of Dick Long" (2019), A24 Films
  • "Roy Wood Jr: No One Loves You" (2019) Comedy Central
  • "Flatbush Misdemeanors" (2021–2022), Showtime
  • "Confess, Fletch" (2022), Miramax



  • Guster, Chanda Temple (January 10, 2008) "Birmingham comedian Roy Wood Jr. sends copies of his comedy routines to troops overseas." The Birmingham News
  • "Roy Wood, Jr." (June 1, 2009) Wikipedia - accessed June 1, 2009
  • Temple, Chanda (July 11, 2010) "Birmingham native Roy Wood Jr. is up to some funny business on "Last Comic Standing." The Birmingham News
  • Temple, Chanda (July 11, 2010) "Get to know Birmingham's Roy Wood Jr. of "Last Comic Standing." The Birmingham News
  • Temple, Chanda (August 9, 2010) "Roy Wood Jr. is still standing despite loss on "Last Comic Standing." The Birmingham News
  • "Roy Wood confirms he's out at WBHJ in Birmingham." (September 17, 2012) Radio Ink
  • Watkins, Mia (September 18, 2012) "'Magic City Morning Show' debuts on 95.7 Jamz." The Birmingham News
  • Specker, Lawrence (May 5, 2021) "Genealogy show has ‘extraordinarily rare’ revelation for Roy Wood Jr." The Birmingham News
  • Specker, Lawrence (June 20, 2021) "‘Finding Your Roots:’ Roy Wood Jr. hopes painful look at the past will pay off in his son’s future." The Birmingham News
  • Flanagan, Ben (October 1, 2022) "Roy Wood Jr. host ‘The Daily Show’? Report says he’s ‘in the running’" The Birmingham News
  • Colurso, Mary (February 2, 2023) "Roy Wood Jr. to be featured entertainer at White House Correspondents’ Dinner."
  • VanArendonk, Kathryn (April 25, 2023) "Roy Wood Jr. on His Future at 'The Daily Show'" The Vulture
  • Specker, Lawrence (October 5, 2023) "Roy Wood Jr. won’t return to ‘Daily Show’ as host search drags on."
  • Short, Cody D. (February 5, 2024) "Roy Wood Jr. set to release memoir, ‘The Man of Many Fathers’."

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