Cool Dad Job: Auteur
Latest Cool Dad Achievement: Releasing Us and rebooting The Twilight Zone.
Jordan Peele is one of the things that goes bump in the night. The man who redefined horror by splicing it with comedy and trenchant political commentary started the decade bouncing off his buddy Keegan-Michael Key before making one of the most unexpected Hollywood pivots of all time with his bombshell 2017 directorial debut, Get Out. Now, he’s the standard-bearer for ruminative horror. Which made it only natural that he’d step into Rod Serling’s loafers on The Twilight Zone. (Just for the sake of comparison, imagine Fred Armisen quitting Portlandia and running an Outer Limits reboot.) The new show hasn’t received uniformly positive reviews, but — like everything Peele does — it’s fascinating and demanding of its viewers. And when he’s not filming, Peele is looking after comedy royalty. He and his wife, Chelsea Peretti, best known for stealing scenes on Brooklyn 99, have a 2-year-old son Beaumont, who has — it’s probably safe to assume — some serious chops.