Neal Brennan, born on October 19, 1973 is an American writer, stand-up comedian, actor, director and producer.
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 into 2005, when Chappelle left before the third season.
Brennan grew up in Villanova, Pennsylvania 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 Seinfeldand David Brenner. He also watched a large amount of comedy on TV during his high school years, often staying up late to watchLate Night with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show.
In the mid-1990s Brennan moved to Los Angeles. In 1995 he became a writer for the dating show, Singled Out, hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwick. This was followed by writing jobs for the game show Bzzz! in 1996, the sketch comedy-variety showAll That from 1996 to 1997, and the teen sitcom Kenan & Kel in 1997.