Diallo Riddle - Biography

As an EMMY and WGA nominated writer and actor, producer, showrunner, and moonlighting DJ, Diallo Riddle has proven to be one of the most creative and multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2019 Riddle embarked on one of his busiest years yet, launching two critically acclaimed series to television: Comedy Central’s “South Side” and IFC’s “Sherman’s Showcase.” Both were met with critical acclaim and both scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes in the both the Tomatometer and Audience Score categories, a rare feat for two series premiering within one week of each other.

Created and written by Riddle and writing partner Bashir Salahuddin (Netflix’s “Glow”), “South Side” follows a rent-to-own business on the south side of Chicago. Shot on location in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, the series gives an authentic look into what life on the South Side is all about. The critics agreed, saying it “successfully captures the spirit of a community and confronts tough social constructs with smart writing, a spectacular cast, and just the right amount of silliness.” The series premiered on July 24, 2019. 

Next, Riddle (alongside Salahuddin) launched IFC’s scripted musical variety-sketch comedy “Sherman’s Showcase.” Executive Produced by John Legend and created by, written, and starring Riddle and Salahuddin, “Sherman’s Showcase” instantly became a critical darling, being called “bold, brisk, and beautiful, ‘Sherman's Showcase’ is a delightful and stylish sketch show that moves to its own groove and invites everyone to laugh along.” Riddle and Salahuddin also recruited an A-list guest star line-up for the show including: Tiffany Haddish, Common, Quincy Jones, Lil Rel, Morris Day, Vic Mensa and Ne-Yo, to name a few.  “Sherman’s Showcase” premiered on July 31, 2019.

Riddle got his start in television as a writer on “Chocolate News” for Comedy Central. He went on to write and perform for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” from 2008-2012, arriving three months before the show premiered and as one of only five writers. Some of the stand-out segments he wrote included Slow Jam the News featuring Barack Obama, and the first three editions of A History of Rap with Fallon and Justin Timberlake.  Additional writing credits include: working alongside Maya Rudolph on both “The Maya Rudolph Show” and “Maya and Marty,” and recently working alongside Jordan Peele and Tracy Morgan on Morgan’s TBS show “The Last O.G.” In 2015 Riddle and Salahuddin joined forces with Lorne Michaels to create the HBO comedy “Brothers in Atlanta,” where they served as both stars and showrunners. It solidified Riddle as one of the most-watched multi-faceted talents in the business, even landing him on Variety’s Top 10 Scribes to Watch list. On the acting front, credits for Riddle include starring as Stevie on NBC’s comedy series “Marlon” for two seasons, and appearing on the hit HBO series “Silicon Valley” as Paul, an attorney for tech company Hooli, who gives lots of unheeded legal counsel to CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross). He’s also appeared opposite Larry David on season 10 of  “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Born and raised in Atlanta, Riddle attended Harvard University, majoring in History with a minor focus in Economics. While in school, he picked up side gigs as a DJ, performing at college bars in Harvard and Central Square. The summer after his junior year, he took a trip to Los Angeles and decided he wanted to make the move out west after graduation. Since then, Riddle has spent time on both coasts, working in both Los Angeles and New York City. 

When he isn't on set acting, writing, or producing, Riddle can still be found in the DJ booth. He has held DJ residencies at the Dream Hotel Highlight Room, Beauty & Essex, Skybar LA Mondrian, Soho House NYC, Boulevard 3, The Standard Hotel (both West Hollywood and Downtown LA), and Chateau Marmont. He has also DJ’d for such A-list events as the Golden Globes and the People’s Choice Awards. On the charity front, he is an active supporter of The Children’s Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides services to children and families healing from the effects of family and community violence within Los Angeles' most challenged neighborhoods.

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