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Jordan Klepper
Jordan Klepper
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Klepper in 2015
Born (1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 38)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
  • Television
  • theatre
  • film
  • books
Alma mater Kalamazoo College
Years active 2011-present
Spouse Laura Grey (m. 2013)

Jordan Klepper (born March 9, 1979) is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Opposition with Jordan Klepper since 2017.

Klepper began his career as a member of The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade. He met his wife Laura Grey there. Soon after, they began producing and starring in their own short films that they wrote together. Klepper then got recognized as a correspondent on The Daily Show. He began in 2014 with host Jon Stewart and then remained in the show with Trevor Noah until 2017.

Early life

Jordan Klepper, the oldest of his siblings, is from Kalamazoo, Michigan.[1] His mother, Betse Klepper, is a lead secretary at Loy Norrix High School.[2] His father, Mark Klepper, was a roommate of actor Tim Allen while attending Western Michigan University. Allen introduced his cousin, Betse, to Mark, and they eventually married.[3]

Klepper attended Kalamazoo Central High School and Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center, where he was a tennis player and a member of the Mock Trial Team that won Nationals.[2] He graduated as a Heyl scholar in 1997.[2] He double-majored in math and theater at Kalamazoo College and received his degree in 2001.[2][4][5] Klepper studied abroad in London.[2] At Kalamazoo College, he met Steven Yeun through his sister.[6]


Klepper and wife Laura Grey

After graduation, Klepper moved to Chicago where he performed at The Second City. While in Chicago, Klepper also worked for the Big Ten Network as a comedian on the show "Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate."[7]

He moved to New York City in 2011, where he began performing as a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade.[8][9]

On March 3, 2014, Klepper debuted on The Daily Show, four days after his audition.[1][8] He received consistently good reviews for his segments on the show[10] and filled in as the host in October 2016 while Trevor Noah was sick. In April 2017, Comedy Central announced that Klepper would host a new show, debuting in the fall, that would follow The Daily Show.[11] A special titled Jordan Klepper Solves Guns premiered on Comedy Central on June 11, 2017. In July 2017, the new show was titled The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, and it premiered on September 25, 2017.[12][13]


Klepper has said his comedy influences are Trevor Noah,[14]Stephen Colbert,[15] and Jon Stewart.[16]

Personal life

Klepper married Laura Grey in 2013, the two met while they worked on short films they wrote, produced, and starred in.[17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bone Dry Jordan Short film
2011 TMI Kelen Short film
2012 Poop Brunch Jordan Short film
2012 Engaged Jordan Short film
2012 Ex-Girlfriends Student
2012 Bathroom Party Jordan Short film
2013 Who's On First? Jeremy Short film
2014 Peepers Todd Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I Just Want My Pants Back Manager Episode: "Jerk or Dork"
2014-2017 The Daily Show Himself (correspondent) 170 episodes
2015 Halal in the Family Wally Thompson Episode: "Spies Like Us"
2017 Jordan Klepper Solves Guns Himself TV special
2017-present The Opposition with Jordan Klepper Jordan Klepper (host) Also co-creator, writer, executive producer


  1. ^ a b "Michigan native Jordan Klepper debuts as 'Daily Show' correspondent | Detroit Free Press". March 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jordan Klepper, K-Central and KAMSC Class of 1997, Comedian, Writer and Correspondent" (PDF). Kalamazoo Public Schools Excelsior. November 2014. p. 10. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "New 'Daily Show' correspondent on Kalamazoo, Jon Stewart and why he owes his life to Tim Allen". April 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Liberty, John (March 4, 2014). "'The Daily Show' debut: Watch Jon Stewart tell Kalamazoo native Jordan Klepper to 'go back to Crimea'". Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "CLASS NOTES". Kalamazoo College. January 2009. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "ON THE ROAD WITH STEVEN YEUN". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "'The Daily Show': Get to know new correspondent Jordan Klepper". 
  8. ^ a b Snetiker, Marc (March 4, 2014). "'Daily Show' correspondent Jordan Klepper talks about new gig | Inside TV |". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ Snetiker, Marc (March 3, 2014). "'The Daily Show': Get to know new correspondent Jordan Klepper | PopWatch |". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ Sims, David (June 12, 2017). "Is Jordan Klepper the Future of Comedy Central?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 4, 2017). "Jordan Klepper of 'The Daily Show' Is Getting His Own Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (July 25, 2017). "'The Daily Show' Spinoff Starring Jordan Klepper Gets Title & Premiere Date On Comedy Central - TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (July 25, 2017). "'The Daily Show' Spinoff Starring Jordan Klepper Gets Title & Premiere Date on Comedy Central - TCA". Deadline. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "TREVOR NOAH PUTS ON EXECUTIVE PRODUCER HAT FOR NEW SHOW". Eyewitness News. December 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Jordan Klepper Is Okay With The Stephen Colbert Comparisons". Uproxx. September 25, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ Van Luling, Todd (December 6, 2017). "Jordan Klepper Channels Jon Stewart In His Own Search For Sanity". HuffPost. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Seikaly, Andrea (March 3, 2014). "'Daily Show' Taps UCB's Jordan Klepper to Replace John Oliver". Variety. Retrieved 2014. 

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