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Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making.
You’ve seen him on Comedy Central’s award winning and critically
celebrated “Chappell’s Show” as “Ashy Larry,” the 70s jheri curled
“Beautiful,” and numerous other characters he’s played. Donnell is
the franchise player Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan wanted as a
writer and prime time player on their team. Since Dave Chappelle had
business to take care of in Africa, Donnell was asked to step into the
huge shoes Dave left behind, and host the “Lost Episodes.”
His unique brand of observational humor earned Donnell co-hosting
duties on Power 105’s (NY’s #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station)
morning show “Egypt and Ashy in the Morning.” He is now co-hosting
“The Big Tigger Morning Show” on WPGC in Washington, D.C.
Currently, Donnell can be seen regularly on E!’s hit show “Chelsea
Lately,” MTV’s new show “Hatin.” His new 1-hour stand-up special
“Ashy to Classy,” which premiered on Comedy Central on October
23, 2010, is also available in stores on DVD. He also enjoyed
reprising his character of “Day-Day Price” on HBO’s Emmy-Award
winning series “The Wire” during a 3-episode arc during the show’s
final season (2007- 2008). In 2007, Donnell co-created and starred in
Heavy.com’s hit web series “From Ashy to Classy,” in which Donnell
portrays the loveable yet clueless culture critic, “Ashford Lawrence.”
The series was picked up for a second round of episodes and
remains one of Heavy.com most popular shows. Additionally,
Donnell has starred in “Reality Bites Back” for Comedy Central and
tours heavily with his stand up dates. Donnell has performed his
intelligently bold stand-up throughout the U.S., Europe, and the
Caribbean. He has appeared on award winning Law & Order series,
“Special Victims Unit (SVU)” and “Criminal Intent (CI),” and has also
appeared on NBC’s “Third Watch” and the Emmy award winning
HBO special “The Corner.” Growing up, this Washington, D.C. native
used humor as a means of persuasion with the ladies and whipped
out his wicked wit as a weapon of mass destruction in verbal battle.
While in the Air Force, Donnell’s wordplay shot down more military
personnel than the G.I. issued arms. When Donnell returned to the
States and settled into civilian life, he decided to check out the local
comedy scene in D.C. He quickly became the “official heckler” as he
ate comedians alive from the audience.
One day a local comedian challenged Donnell to bring his act to the
stage. Six months later Donnell was performing on HBO’s “Def
Comedy Jam.” From his weekly guest appearances on New York’s
“Hot 97 Morning Show,” to his role in the blockbuster “Spider-Man II”
and his position as resident “funny guy” on the “Ricki Lake Show,”
Donnell’s rise to stardom may not have been “overnight,” but the
journey has given him the life experience to keep his humor edgy and
relevant. Donnell’s peers have noticed his talent and potential. Neal
Brennan, co-executive producer and co-head writer of “Chappelle’s
Show” says, “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.” Watch Donnell on
MTV2's “Guy Code” at 11pm on Tuesdays and soon in the upcoming
Queen Latifah movie “Percentage.”