Kalen Allen

At just 26 years old, award-winning actor, producer, singer, and television personality Kalen Allen has catapulted into the mainstream media, reaching millions of people worldwide across his social media platforms and through his content online. Discovered in 2018 by renowned talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Allen first made a name for himself through his hilarious “Kalen Reacts” videos, giving colorful and witty commentary on culinary concoctions online. One of these videos caught Ellen’s attention, and after appearing on the show, Ellen knew she had found something special in Allen. She offered him an opportunity to collaborate and produce content for her digital platforms.

Today, Allen holds a regular guest spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” As Ellen’s correspondent, he often takes his infectious personality to high-profile events, such as the Billboard Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. He also has his digital series, “OMKalen,” where he gives one-of-a-kind commentary on the week’s hot topics and trending stories. In addition, Kalen has recently joined the Food Network family. His other TV credits include CAKEALIKES, BUDDY VS. DUFF, SUPERMARKET STAKEOUT, WITH LOVE, and soon A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW.

Allen’s videos have garnered billions of views across Ellen’s and his platforms and are growing by the day on the digital front. His work has also earned him many award nominations, including a Model D Award win for Best Host in a Web Series or Channel in 2018 and another for Best Celebrity Integration in a Web Series or Channel in 2019. He was also a finalist in the Best Weekly Unscripted Series and Best Use of a Digital Influencer in a Web Series categories for Model D. He was nominated for Best YouTube Comedian at the 2019 Shorty Awards. He was recently honored with the Social Influencer Award at Better Brothers Los Angeles 2019 Truth Awards and an Honoree at the 2020 Webby Awards.

In film, Allen made his feature film acting debut in Seth Rogen’s “An American Pickle” for HBO Max. Based on the 2013 New Yorker novella “Sell-Out,” the comedy follows an immigrant worker at a pickle factory accidentally preserved for 100 years who wakes up in modern-day Brooklyn. The film, which also stars Maya Erskine (“Insecure”) and Sarah Snook (“Succession”), is directed by Brandon Trost (“The Disaster Artist”) and premiered on August 6, 2020. While Allen continues to entertain on screen, he recently made his music debut with the release of his holiday album, “For Christmas Sake!” Featuring tracks with MJ Rodriguez (“Pose”) and Alex Newell (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”), the EP soared to the Top 10 holiday charts upon its release in December 2020.

Originally from Kansas City, Allen attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Film. He is currently at NYU working on his Master’s in Journalism. He has a prominent place in his heart for charity and actively supports The Point Foundation, The Trevor Project, GLSEN, GLAAD, and Better Brothers LA. He currently resides in the New York City area.