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Description: Read about Donnell Rawlings in Gapers Block
Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. He made a splash in
the DC comedy clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO's Def Comedy Jam in a
period of six months. You’ve seen him as 'Ashy Larry' on Comedy Central’s award
winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s Show, where he joined Dave Chappelle as
both as a writer and performer. Today you can watch Donnell on MTV2's most watched
shows Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares. He will also be featured in Queen Latifah's new movie Percentage. His 1-Hour Stand-Up “Ashy to Classy” premiered on Comedy Central in October of 2010.
He was a co-host on both Power 105’s (NY’s #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station)
morning show “Egypt and Ashy in the Morning” and “The Big Tigger Morning Show”
on WPGC in Washington DC, and he enjoyed weekly guest appearances on New York’s
Hot 97 Morning Show. He was a regular on E!’s “Chelsea Lately", starred in Comedy
Central's “Reality Bites Back,” and was the resident “Funny Guy” on the Ricki Lake
Show. In 2007, Donnell co-created and starred in Heavy.com’s hit web series “From
Ashy to Classy”, which was picked up for a second round of episodes. His movie of the
same name screened at the 2011 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.
As an actor Donnell has also appeared in the Law & Order series, Special Victims Unit
(SVU) and Criminal Intent (CI) as well as NBC’s Third Watch, the Emmy-Award
winning HBO Mini-Series: The Corner and as Day-Day Price on HBO’s Emmy-Award
winning series “The Wire.” On the big screen he could be seen in the blockbuster
His rise to stardom may not have been “overnight”, but the journey itself has kept him
edgy and relevant. Comedy's heavy hitters have noticed his talent with Neal Brennan, co-executive
producer and co-head writer of Chappelle’s Show exclaiming “whenever we
put Donnell in the game he’s going to hit a home run.” Jamie Foxx says “That guy is a
beast!” Wayne Brady commented that Donnell provides “amazing work on the show”
and Dave Chappelle feels that “Donnell brings so much to the table...this very funny guy
makes it look natural and easy.”
Donnell continues to tour heavily, performing his intelligently bold stand-up throughout
the US, Europe, and the Caribbean.
90 Minutes with no intermission.
Feature: Dawn Boatman