Jordan Peele recently made an appearance at East Hollywood’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to discuss his growth as a director, and to drop gems about improv and sketch comedy.

“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,” Peele reportedly told the crowd of about 200. Two of the films he’s put out, Us and Get Out, have been led by black actors, and he intends to keep it that way for some time.

“Not that I don’t like white dudes,” he continued. “But I’ve seen that movie. It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time — a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false.”

Peele also discussed how he wanted to be a director, and knew that it was his chosen career path since high school. He did not get into NYU, and then had second thoughts about his passion.

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