7 Things You Didn't Know About Deon Cole

His success story is like none other.

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Just A Kid From Chicago - Deon is originally from the Southside of Chicago. He came up in the comedy scene with other comics of the era, including Corey Holcomb. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

He's A Natural - Deon got into comedy because of a dare with one of his homies. The two were watching Eddie Murphy?s Delirious and his friend said, ?I bet you can do that,? then put $50 on it! (Photo: Eddie Murphy Productions)

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He's A Natural - Deon got into comedy because of a dare with one of his homies. The two were watching Eddie Murphy?s Delirious and his friend said, ?I bet you can do that,? then put $50 on it! (Photo: Eddie Murphy Productions)

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We Fall Down, We Get Back Up - Deon signed on to Def Comedy Jam after only 10 months of doing comedy but was kicked off just a short time after, at which point he began writing. (Photo: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic) 

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Mainstream Appeal - This led him to a successful career as a writer on Conan O'Brien?s show, where he was the first Black writer in the room. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank )

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Award Tour - For his work on Conan, Deon was nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) 

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Tough Crowd - Deon says that his worst show was opening for Ja Rule in Indianapolis, where the crowd booed him and threw everything from drinks to golf balls. (Photo: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank)

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Notepad? Check - Deon was popularly known during the early days of his career for using a notepad and checking off jokes as we went through his set.(Photo: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank)