T.K. Carter was raised just east of Los Angeles, California. He began his stand-up routine at age 12, and, by high school, appeared in Neil Simon's production of "The Odd Couple." He began his professional stand-up routine at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and has also worked at the Improvisation Cafe and Ye Little Club. His first role was in an episode of Police Woman (1974), and starred in the Los Angeles Actors Theatre's version of "Sisters." He has since appeared in such films as Space Jam (1996), A Rage in Harlem (1991) and Ski Patrol (1990).