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Neal Brennan (born c. 1974) is an American writer, stand-up comedian, actor, director and producer. He is best known for co-creating and co-writing the Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show with Dave Chappelle. Brennan grew up in Villanova, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia and spent part of his childhood in Wilmette, Illinois from 1978 to 1986. He was born into an Irish Catholic family and is the youngest of 10 children. According to Brennan, his father's side of the family was funny, as were his 5 older brothers. Brennan said that he realized he was funny and liked comedy at about 8 or 9 years of age and was already doing pre-planned material for his classmates in a style that emulated comics Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld and David Brenner. He also watched a large amount of comedy in high school, often staying up late to watch Late Night with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show. Brennan's older brother, comedian and writer Kevin Brennan, started doing stand up while Neal was still in high school. Neal would attend his brother's performances at the The Improv in New York on weekends and hang around with comedians such as Ray Romano, Dave Attel, Mike Royce and David Juskow.