Odinaka Ezeokoli is the son of steadfast traditional Nigerian immigrant parents who subjected him to a reversal of the plot to, “Coming To America,” in his teens. Although born and raised in Georgia at 15 Odinaka’s parents sent him to Nigeria to complete high school in order to learn, “where he’s from.” Hormonal teen terror ensued but he survived. Growing up on two continents is what informs his perspective on stage while fueling feelings of being out of place everywhere else.
Odinaka can be seen doing stand up as well as acting in Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Easy,” where he plays a character named Odinaka who is a stand up comedian working two jobs to make ends meet while trying to get to the next level in his career. A real stretch. He can also be seen in the much lauded (and Emmy nominated) web series, “Brown Girls,” on OpenTV (currently in development as a TV series for HBO). And this fall he’ll be traveling to Washington DC with The Second City in conjunction with the Woolly Mammoth Theater to perform in, “Nothing To Lose But Our Chains,” a stage play about the life of comedian, Felonious Munk. Odinaka’s versatile style has allowed him to open for acts ranging from Hannibal Buress to Marc Maron. He’s appeared on media outlets like CBS Chicago, Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ), and Atlanta’s Creative Loafing and also performed at comedy festivals across the country like Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Festival, Chicago’s Comedy Exposition and Iowa City’s inaugural Witching Hour Festival in 2015. In Chicago Odinaka can be seen every first Thursday where he co-produces the oft standing room only stand up comedy showcase, “Congrats On Your Success,” at Uncharted Books.