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Dayo Adesokan

writer Superstore, Downward Dog, Young & Hungry
Dayo Adesokan was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his childhood watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air re-runs. When he was seven, his family won the Visa Lottery at next to nothing odds and moved to Chicago, Illinois. Growing up an outsider, he developed an early affinity for comedy. His first voicemail greeting was a two-minute clip from Eddie Murphy’s “Ice Cream Man” bit. Callers were not pleased. After earning degrees in Business & Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, he went on to work at a Finance Firm, covertly listening to comedy albums at work and performing stand-up at night. When he told his office he was quitting to pursue stand-up and comedy writing full-time, his boss gave him $11,000 to go pursue his dream. When he told his parents, they scheduled an intervention with their Prophetess, who gave a prophecy saying he was making a mistake. That year, his first script was a Finalist in the 2012 Austin Film Festival. In 2013, he was accepted into the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and moved from New York to Los Angeles on ten days notice. After the program, he worked as a Showrunner’s Assistant on The Game and Being Mary Jane. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted into the 2016 Disney-ABC Writing Program. He has since written on Freeform’s Young & Hungry, ABC’s Downward Dog, IFC’s NGO, and NBC’s Superstore. These days, he and Prophetess rarely speak