Charlie Sanders was born and raised on the mean streets of St. Paul, Minnesota. His only way out of the hood was through comedy. He started at Central High School Touring Theatre Company doing the funny parts in plays about social issues like why not to do drugs. Right out of high school he got hired to be a main stage and touring performer with Comedy Sportz, Minneapolis. Making money at comedy and not caring at all about academia led to him getting kicked out of the University of Minnesota after one quarter – he got an “A” in poetry and failed everything else. So, if comedy doesn’t pan out he plans to become a millionaire poet.
After a couple years at Comedy Sportz Charlie moved to New York City where he was hired by the comedy theatre Chicago City Limits. After singing parody songs to thousands of old people at bizarre theaters like “The Egg” in Albany Charlie left CCL for another theatre three letter acronym – UCB.
Charlie has been a performer and writer at UCB since 2002. His sketch group “Police Chief Rumble” won Best Sketch Group at the Emerging Comics of New York awards in 2004. Another sketch group of his “Buffoons” went to perform at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2007. His hit one man show “Minnesota Muslim” garnered high praise from Time Out NY and New York Magazine. During his time in New York he appeared in several national commercials and was a regular sketch actor on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”.
In 2009, Charlie moved to LA, joined UCB LA, and bought the first car of his life – a Ford Focus, not to brag. He performs regularly at UCBLA in “Shitty Jobs” and “Assscat”. He has parts in four upcoming feature films – “A NY Things”, “When in Rome”, “Freak Dance”, and “Cedar Rapids” and has appeared on “The Office”.
Charlie appeared as a series regular on the show "Death Valley" and currentl is a writer for the hit Comedy Central show KEY AND PEELE.
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