The Carmichael Show cast

Jerrod Carmichael

Jerrod Carmichael

as Jerrod Carmichael

Jerrod Carmichael is the executive producer, writer and star of the comedy The Carmichael Show.

Carmichael is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Last year, he appeared in the Nicholas Stoller-directed summer blockbuster Neighbors, opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. He recently shot his first one-hour stand-up special for HBO, entitled Love at the Store, which was directed by Spike Lee.

Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

as Cynthia Carmichael

Loretta Devine stars as Jerrod's loud, proud and Christian mother, Cynthia, on the comedy The Carmichael Show.

An Emmy Award-winning actress, Devine first captured national attention in the role of Lorrell in Michael Bennett's Broadway musical Dreamgirls. She followed that performance with a fiery portrayal of Lillian in Bob Fosse's critically acclaimed stage production Big Deal. Subsequent work in George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill cemented Devine's status as a talented and versatile stage actress.

Film roles soon followed, including a poignant turn in Waiting to Exhale, which earned Devine her first NAACP Image Award. Her second NAACP Image Award came for her work in Penny Marshall's The Preacher's Wife. Devine received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in Women Thou Art Loosed and was also featured in the films Dreamgirls and the Academy Award-winning Crash.

Other film credits include This Christmas, First Sunday, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Death at a Funeral, Lottery Ticket, For Colored Girls, Jumping the Broom and Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. Indies on Devine's resume include Robert Townsend's In The Hive, which earned Devine an NAACP Image Award nomination; You're Not You; and The Sound and the Fury. She'll also be seen in the upcoming Kristen Wiig dramedy Welcome to Me.

For her work as Adele on Grey's Anatomy, Devine earned both an Emmy Award and nomination, a Gracie Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination, and an NAACP Image Award and nomination.

In total, Devine has won eight NAACP Image Awards and has received 18 nominations. She received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Pan African Film Festival and the NAACP Theatre Awards.

Besides Grey's Anatomy, Devine's TV credits include A Different World, The PJs, Boston Public, Eli Stone, The Client List and Doc McStuffins.

Devine graduated from the University of Houston and later received a Master of Fine Arts from Brandeis University. She also received a Doctorate of Humane Letters as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston.

She currently resides in Los Angeles.

David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier

as Joe Carmichael

David Alan Grier stars as Jerrod's outspoken and contrarian father, Joe Carmichael, on the comedy The Carmichael Show.

Countless theater, television, film and comedic endeavors have pushed Grier's career to remarkable heights. His ability to excel across all mediums and contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comic timing and creative drive. The three-time Tony and Grammy Award nominee was trained in Shakespeare and received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Grier has received many accolades and awards throughout his career, not the least of which was his inclusion on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.

On the big screen, Grier recently starred in Peeples (2013), opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. He made his film debut in Streamers (1983), directed by Robert Altman, for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. He also appeared in the Wayans Brothers' spoof movie Dance Flick (2009).

Grier's television work is highlighted by his turn as a principal cast member on the Emmy-winning series In Living Color (1990–94), where he created and portrayed some of the show's most memorable characters. He starred on DAG (2000–01) and Life with Bonnie (2003), which earned him NAACP Image Award and Golden Satellite Award nominations. In 2008, Grier created, wrote and starred on Comedy Central's Chocolate News. Last year, he starred as Principal Carl Gaines on Bad Teacher on Global.

Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in The First, for which he earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won the Theatre World Award (1981). He then joined the cast of Dreamgirls before going on to star opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier's Play, for which both actors reprised their roles in the film adaptation, A Soldier's Story (1984).

In 2009-10 Grier starred in David Mamet's acclaimed play Race, opposite James Spader and Kerry Washington at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, for which he received his second Tony nomination. He received his third Tony nomination in 2012 for his performance in The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess. In 2013, Grier received his first Grammy nomination for the cast recording of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, which was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.

Lil Rel Howery

Lil Rel Howery

as Bobby Carmichael

Lil Rel Howery stars as Jerrod's ever-hustling brother, Bobby Carmichael, in the comedy The Carmichael Show.

Hailing from Chicago, Howery has been seen on his own Comedy Central special, Last Comic Standing, Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey, Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand Up and Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy. He has also made appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show, Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam and Chelsea Lately.

Last year, Howery appeared on BET's Comic View, Fox's animated series Lucas Bros Moving Co, Comedy Central's Comedy Underground with Dave Attell and the recently renewed TruTV sketch show Friends of the People, for which he also writes and executive produces.

Amber Stevens West

Amber Stevens West

as Maxine

Amber Stevens West stars as Jerrod's therapist in-training girlfriend, Maxine, on the comedy The Carmichael Show.

West was last seen starring alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the box-office hit 22 Jump Street, where she played Maya, the daughter of Ice Cube and Jonah Hill's love interest. The film grossed more than $330 million worldwide.

Her other recent film credits include The Amazing Spider-Man and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

West garnered attention for her work on ABC Family's hit series Greek. She played Ashleigh Howard, the best friend to Casey Cartwright, played by Spencer Grammer.

She recently guest starred on New Girl and Criminal Minds. Other TV credits include How I Met Your Mother, Grey's Anatomy and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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