Franklyn Ajaye is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. His nickname is "The Jazz Comedian" for his distinctive jazz-inflected style of delivery, timing, and astute use of silence. He released a series of comedy albums starting in 1973 and has acted in film and television shows from the 1970s through the present, including as a primary character in the 1976 ensemble comedy Car Wash and a supporting role in the Sam Peckinpah-directed Convoy.
During the 1970s, he was a popular stand-up comic who also wrote for Emmy-nominated shows and played jazz. Car Wash, Stir Crazy, and Bridesmaids are among his film credits.
He dropped out of law school to focus solely on stand-up comedy.
For his work on In Living Color and Politically Incorrect, he got two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing.
He quipped that he is a true African American because his father is from Sierra Leone and his mother is from Florida.
In 2011, he played the father of Maya Rudolph's character Lillian in the blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids.
American expatriates in Australia. Comedians from New York City