Finesse Mitchell was born in Atlanta. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, where he was a member of the football team and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Mitchell made his first television appearance on BET’s Comic View in 1999 where he instantly became a favorite among the show’s loyal followers. Shortly after Comic View, Mitchell moved to both Los Angeles and New York City where he had several appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and two on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
In 2003, Mitchell became a featured player on Saturday Night Live. After two seasons, in 2005 he was promoted to full cast member. His screen time was drastically reduced after this promotion. On September 20, 2006, Saturday Night Live announced that the show was dropping Mitchell, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz from the show due to budget cuts.
After his stint on SNL, he has continued to perform stand-up comedy and appeared in the films Who’s Your Caddy? The Comebacks and Mad Money.
From 2008 to 2009, Mitchell made several appearances on The Today Show as a guest correspondent and on Tyra and Chelsea Lately as a guest panelist. In 2010, he appeared in the Comedy Central sketch series Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time.
With the help of Quincy Jones’s son, QD3, Mitchell released his stand-up comedy available on DVD entitled Snap Famous. He is also a writer and offers relationship advice in Essence magazine. His 2007 book, Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much, gives dating advice to African-American women.
In 2012, he participated in Fox’s dating game show The Choice. Mitchell also plays Darryl Parks, Chyna’s (China Anne McClain) father, and a recurring character on the hit Disney Channel sitcom A.N.T. Farm.
In the stand-up comedy space, Finesse was a member of the 2014 Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam tour. He further shined on the SHAQ All-Star one-hour comedy special taped in Atlanta, GA which aired on SHOWTIME.
In January 2015, Mitchell, a supporter of the men and women in the armed forces, appeared at Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops. The live event from Las Vegas was recorded for airing at a later date on Country Music Television (CMT), and all proceeds benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. In February 2015, Mitchell hit the road with Cameron Crowe and producer J.J. Abrams for the Showtime Network’s new comedy pilot Roadies. In March 2015, he played a role in HBO’s new comedy pilot Brothers in Atlanta. The show is executive produced by Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) with Tim Story directing. Mitchell appears in the film Barely Lethal in May 2015.
Recurring characters on Saturday Night Live Edit
Starkisha, a stereotypically ghetto woman with a bad attitude.
Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live Edit
O. J. Simpson