Neal Brennan (born October 19, 1973) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, and podcaster.He is known for co-creating and co-writing the Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show with Dave Chappelle. By the end of the second season, it was ranked as the most popular Comedy Central show. It premiered in January 2003 and continued until 2006.
Brennan lived until the age of six in Villanova, Pennsylvania, a college town near Philadelphia, and lived from 1978 to 1986 in Wilmette, Illinois. He was born into an Irish Catholic family and is the youngest of 10 children. According to Brennan, his father's side of the family was funny, as were his five older brothers. Brennan said that he realized he was funny and liked comedy at about 8 or 9 years of age; he was already performing planned material for his classmates in a style that emulated comics Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, and David Brenner. He also watched a large amount of comedy on TV during his high school years, often staying up late to watch Late Night with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show.Brennan's older brother Kevin became a comedian and writer who started doing stand-up comedy while Neal was still in high school. Neal attended Kevin's performances at the Improv in New York City on weekends, where he would meet comedians such as Ray Romano, Dave Attell, Mike Royce and David Juskow. Brennan said in an interview with Independent Film Channel (IFC) that, after watching his brother do stand-up, he realized it was possible to make a living in comedy.Brennan moved to New York to attend film school at NYU, but he dropped out after a year. He began as a doorman at the now-defunct Boston Comedy Club in Greenwich Village where he met Dave Chappelle, a frequent performer. The two became friends, and Brennan would often pitch jokes to Chappelle. Brennan also shared an apartment with comedian Jay Mohr while living in New York.After six months of working as a doorman at the Boston Comedy Club, in 1992, Brennan first performed stand-up at 18 years of age. He later recounted: "I got no laughs"; he didn't perform stand-up again until 1997. Brennan also wrote for The Source magazine in 1992.Brennan was an atheist, but confirmed on the November 18, 2020 episode of his How Neal Feel videocast that he is no longer an atheist after using ayahuasca several times
Movies & TV shows
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The Opening Act
Will Chu's true life passion is to become a stand-up comedian. He will be opening for Billy G at the comedy show. Chu has to decide if he wants to continue the life he has set up or if he wants to pur...
The Comedy Store
The history of L.A is brought to life in this documentary series. Over the past 47 years, The Comedy Store has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars.
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathers in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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Will Smith's Bucket List
There aren’t many people in the world who have a bucket list quite like Will Smith. Now you can join him on his unbelievable adventure as he travels the globe, takes on insane challenges, overcomes ob...
COMEDIANS of the world
Global stand-up comedy series features a diverse set of comics from 13 regions bringing their perspectives on what's funny around the world.
Lights Out with David Spade
Specializing in celebrities, entertainment and all things political, comedy legend David Spade and a panel of his comedian friends are at the roundtable and in the field to help break down the biggest...
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby
From behind the desk, SNL alumni and late-night master of comedy, Seth Meyers, gives a few stories from his own life.
The cost of bringing others joy is too high, so comedians come together for an honest look and real conversations about comedy and mental health.
Chris Rock: Tamborine
Chris Rock takes the stage for his first comedy special in a decade, filled with observations on fatherhood, infidelity and American politics.
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
Ellen revisits her road to stardom in her first special since 2003 and talks about the lessons she's learned along the way.
A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy
John Legend and his wife are celebrating with friends and family.
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The Female Brain
Neuroscience is studied for romantic relationships.
Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
Comedian Michelle Wolf stars in her first HBO special — an hour of stand-up featuring her observations on feminism, dating, and other social issues.
Al Madrigal: Shrimpin' Ain't Easy
Former 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart' correspondent Al Madrigal applies his comedic insight to relatable topics like cilantro politics, anger management, and an unbelievable tale of seafood revenge in ...
The History of Comedy
What makes us laugh, why, and how that's influenced our social and political landscape throughout history are topics to be explored.
Comedians have a complicated life.
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics
Neal Brennan is a stand-up comedian.
Neal Brennan: Women and Black Dudes
"Women and Black Dudes" is the first Comedy Central one-hour stand-up special from comedian Neal Brennan. He delivers bold material that dives deep into issues of race and gender. Brennan brings real ...
Whitney Cummings Bleep Show
Just For Laughs presents the 75-minute comedy special that had too much funny to fit into one hour. Filmed live at Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, Whitney Cummings presents the comedy style...
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Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings
Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings is a weekly American talk show series on E!. The series premiered on November 28, 2012. E! initially ordered six episodes of the series and later agreed for six...
Neal Brennan: The Half Hour
A half hour stand-up special featuring Neal Brennan.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry takes his comedy friends out for coffee in his classic cars. Larry David said, "You've finally made a show about nothing."
The Mindy Project
In a small medical practice in New York City, Obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers.
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Funny or Die Presents
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay created a half-hour sketch comedy show called "Funny or Die Presents." It was on the air on February 19th. Sky Atlantic broadcasts it in the UK.
Get Him to the Greek
A comeback concert in LA featuring Aldous Snow, a fading rockstar who has dropped off the radar in recent years, is the perfect plan to get the sinking company back on track. Rock star Aldous Snow is ...
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Don Ready is a lot of things, but he is best known for being an extraordinary salesman. When a car dealership in Temecula teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, he and his ragtag team dive in to save the...
Do you prefer to wax on or wax off? Preacher won't let you dance? Well then, put Baby in the corner and come on down, 'cause VH1 is bringing back more of the'80s you love in this feature-length film, ...
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Dave Chappelle's point of view is unleashed through a combination of sketches and stand-up.
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Kenan & Kel
The sitcom was originally aired on the network from July 1996 to July 2000 All That cast members Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson starred in the show. Over four seasons, 65 episodes and a made-for-TV m...
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The new kids of comedy bring the funny as All That, America's #1 kid's sketch comedy show, returns with a new cast and a few familiar faces. Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson are the Executive Producers...
The short "Caesar's Salad" won at the Chicago Film Festival and the New Orleans Film and Video Festival. C.K.'s mother helped him pay for the production of "Caesar's Salad," which required him to clos...
The 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extravaganza
Some of the hottest comedians of the day include Laurie Kimlartin, Garfunkel and Oates, as well as many others. At the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the show was hosted by Howie Mandel.