Deon Cole
Deon Cole
as Charlie Telphy

Actor Biography

Deon Cole is one of the most in-demand talents on the comedy scene. Not only is he currently a cast member on four TV shows, he has also appeared in several hit feature films, released multiple stand-up specials and follows a non-stop tour schedule. Armed with a "comic authority born of undeniable charisma" (AV Club), his completely unique style and delivery have made him a wildly popular performer with fans and critics alike.

Cole plays the character of adjunct college professor Charlie Telphy on ABC's hit series "black-ish." His role on the Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning show, now in its fourth season, is a favorite. AV Club declares him a "scene stealer" and Variety offers, "Cole reminds me of John Belushi, another performer who brought essential sweetness to his unpredictable characters, and who could make you laugh just by looking a certain way at another person on screen." In early 2018, he will bring the beloved Charlie to Freeform in the "black-ish" spin-off series "grown-ish." The much anticipated half-hour comedy, which Cole will star in alongside "black-ish" breakout Yara Shahidi, is a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education.

Cole also stars as Detective Daniel "DJ" Tanner on the TBS comedy "Angie Tribeca." Created by Steve and Nancy Carell, the popular show also stars Rashida Jones and will premiere its fourth season later this year. In addition to his three scripted shows, he will host the game show "Face Value" on BET in early 2018. Executive produced by Wanda Sykes, the show will finally answer the age-old question, "Can you judge a book by its cover?" "Face Value" flips the script to award cash and prizes to contestants for correctly guessing facts about strangers from all walks of life – based solely on their appearance and a few personal details. As host, Cole humorously breaks down stereotypes, exposes prejudices and celebrates the human spirit by highlighting the commonalities and differences among people of various backgrounds, races, religions, beliefs and life experiences.

In addition to Cole's cast member status on four TV shows, he has also been featured on several other comedy fan-favorite series including "Benched" (USA), "The League" (FX) and "Wild 'N Out" with Nick Cannon (MTV). He hosted his own series "Deon Cole's Black Box" on TBS in 2013, and he is a familiar face on the late-night and daytime circuits, with multiple appearances on "Conan" (TBS), "@midnight" (Comedy Central), "Last Call with Carson Daly" (NBC), "The Talk" (CBS) and "The Real" (BET). He earned his first Writers Guild Award Nomination and his first Emmy Nomination for "Writing for A Variety, Music or Comedy Program" in 2010 as part of the writing staff on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (NBC). He earned his second Emmy Nomination in 2011 for his work with the writers of "Conan" (TBS) and he wrote for Conan O'Brien when he hosted the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner. Most recently, Cole received a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for his work on "black-ish" and was featured as a presenter at the 2017 BET Awards.

In June 2016, Cole's first hour stand-up special "Cole Blooded Seminar" premiered on Comedy Central. His half-hour special premiered on Netflix's "The Standups" on July 4, 2017. His stand-up comedy has also been featured on Shaq's "All-Star Comedy Jam" (Showtime), John Oliver's "New York Stand-Up Show" (Comedy Central), and "Laffapalooza" (Comedy Central), along with his own "Comedy Central Presents: Deon Cole." On the big screen, he was seen in all three movies in the wildly popular "Barbershop" feature film franchise, and he will appear alongside Sofía Vergara, Alysia Reiner and Chris D'Elia in the feature "The Female Brain," directed by Whitney Cummings.

Cole performs stand-up to sold-out audiences at venues across the country. He is originally from the south side of Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles.