Travon Free

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Travon Free (born 1984/1985)[1] is an American comedian and actor and writer. As of 2017, he writes for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.[2]

He formerly wrote for The Daily Show on Comedy Central[3][4] and Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons on HBO. Free won an Emmy Award for his work on the Daily Show in 2015. He is a former college basketball player.[5]

Early life[edit]

Free grew up with his mother and grandmother in Compton, California.[1] He attended Dominguez High School, where he played basketball. In 2002, the Los Angeles Times called him the "team's best player".[6] He chose to remain local and decided to play college basketball for the Long Beach State 49ers. Their program was struggling, and Free liked his chances of earning a starting role. Injuries sapped his dream of playing professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and he had no interest in playing overseas.[1] While he was out injured with a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery, he entertained the team with his humor, which was a prelude to his career in comedy.[7] While in college, Free took a Comedy Writing class and performed at Laugh Factory in Hollywood and The Ice House Club in Pasadena, California.[3][8]

Professional career[edit]

Free began writing for The Daily Show in October 2012.[3] After coming in second place in a contest to win a position working for the show, he was invited by Executive Producer Rory Albanese to tour the show's set, which Free treated as a consolation prize.[1] During his visit, he was surprised backstage when Jon Stewart offered him a full-time writing job.[3] Free won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series on The Daily Show in 2015 after being nominated in the two years prior.[9][10] He has also had recurring roles on the shows Tosh.0 and Chelsea Lately.[3] In 2016, Free wrote on the HBO show Any Given Wednesday. In 2017, Free was hired as a writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. In November 2018, he publicly apologized for old tweets that had been criticized as offensive, in particular anti-semitic.[11][12] In 2019, Free joined other WGA members in firing his agents as part of the Guild's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Free came out as bisexual, one of the few Division I college basketball players who have come out.[3][14]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "IMDb: Travon Free". IMDb.
  3. ^ a b c d e f ZumMallen, Ryan (March 14, 2013). "Former 49er Free Charging The Comedy Game". Archived from the original on January 4, 2014.
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  5. ^ "Former Cal State — Long Beach Center Travon Free On Coming Out In College Sports". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  6. ^ Bolch, Ben (December 12, 2002). "Otis Says Return 'Unbelievable'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Smith, Marcia C. (July 18, 2006). "Laughs are as big as the comedian". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Jenkins, Lee (March 14, 2007). "At Long Beach State, It's Players, Not Games, That Get Away". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Colurso, Mary (September 20, 2015). "Emmy Awards 2015: See photos, full list of winners including Jon Hamm, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage". Archived from the original on December 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Travon Free". Archived from the original on December 1, 2015.
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  12. ^ "Camping producer". Washington Times.
  13. ^ "WGA: More Than 7,000 Writers Have Fired Their Agents". Deadline.
  14. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (January 25, 2011). "Former Long Beach State baller is bisexual". Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.