LaMorne Morris

LaMorne Morris

Born
August 14, 1983 ( age: 34 )
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation (s)

Actor, comedian

Years active

2002–present

Career

Originally from Glen Ellyn, a suburb near Chicago, before wanting to become an actor, Morris wanted to be a basketball player. He attended Glenbard South High School. Morris graduated the College of DuPage in 2003, The Second City Training Center, and was a member of Second City's Outreach And Diversity Ensemble. He made his TV debut as host of his own show HotWyred on BET, a witty interactive tech and gaming show. Morris has since become a familiar funny guy as one of BET’s most visible on-air personalities, with his comedic antics and coverage for many of the network’s top-rated shows. From signature skits like the “The Package” leading up to the annual BET Awards to segments for 106 & Park, BET’s Spring Bling: Fashion 5-0, 106 & Party, Top 100 Countdown, Grammy Nomination Special, and many more. Most recently Morris has been seen as the co-host of the daily music and entertainment news show BET Now with Alesha Renee.

Morris has appeared in several award-winning independent films and shorts including April Fools (Code Black), One Word (Panel Select at Cannes) and voiceover work for animated comedy Urban Group Squirrels.[citation needed] He studied theatre at the College of DuPage near Chicago and is a recipient of the Chris Farley Memorial Acting Scholarship. With his recent relocation from New York to Los Angeles, Morris has begun developing several of his own show concepts and is up for several film and television projects.

Morris can be seen in commercials including ones for State Farm Insurance, Taco Bell, Twix, Miller Lite, Las Vegas, 7 Up, Edge, Sears, Microsoft Windows, Chili's, McDonald's, Ford and Hornitos Tequila.

Morris is featured in the supporting role of Winston in the Zooey Deschanel anchored comedy series New Girl, which premiered September 20, 2011, on Fox. However, Morris did not appear until the second episode - Originally, Damon Wayans, Jr. was a member of the cast, in the supporting role of Coach. However, Wayans' other comedy series, Happy Endings, had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role, but later decided not to recast and instead write his character out in the second episode.

Morris has also appeared in some YouTube videos by the channels "FunnyorDie" and, more recently, "Water". Morris featured in one of Water's videos starring Matt Damon which aim to increase awareness about the lack of water in developing countries.

 Film and television

Year    Title

2002  Urban Ground Squirrels

2005  Insanity

2005  106 & Park Top 10 Live

2006  BET Awards 2006

2007  April Fools

2009  To Have & Have More

2009  BrainRush

2010  The Middle

2011  The Assistants

2011  The Guild

2011–present          New Girl

2013  Drunk History

2013  Dear Secret Santa

2014  Kroll Show

2014  Sex Ed

2016  Barbershop: The Next Cut