Donnell Rawlings, known for his hilarious sketches on Chappelle’s Show, is crushing it on and off stage.
In just the last few months, Donnell not only filmed his first stand-up special for Netflix, produced by Dave Chappelle, but he is back on tour appearing at major comedy clubs across the country. Donnell’s fans are also thrilled to tune back into his podcast, The Donnell Rawlings Show, which has returned after a break during the pandemic. Donnell dishes with some of his hilarious and interesting friends as guests– most recently his five-year-old son Austen.
When not on stage during his own shows, Donnell plays alongside Dave and some of his closest comedian and solo artist friends at sold-out shows of the UNTITLED: DAVE CHAPPELLE DOCUMENTARY at major venues across the country. Donnell also co-stars in the hugely touted HBO UNTITLED LAKERS PROJECT alongside Jason Clark and John C. Reilly. The series was directed by Adam McKay and will premier next year.
As if that isn’t enough, Donnell released his third comedy album Y’all, Need to Chill, and will appear as a co-star on BET’s THE TWENTIES: AFTER-SHOW created by Lena Waithe. Fans can also see him in BLACK MAFIA FAMILY alongside Snoop Dog and Eminem.
Donnell has appeared on HBO’s THE WIRE, Netflix’s series THE DEGENERATES, and he won critical acclaim for his role as Dez in Pixar’s SOUL. And of course, there are his regular appearances with Dave Chappelle on THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Donnell was honored with the Redd Foxx Award from The African-American Humor Awards in 2021.
Donnell was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Alexandria, VA with his mother. Before beginning his comedic journey, Donnell served in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in South Korea and at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
At the end of the day, the most important role in Donnell’s life is being a father to his five-year-old son, Austen. Whenever possible, Donnell takes Austen on the road. This past summer, father and son were a big part of Dave Chappelle’s Summer Camp.
Donnell Rawlings is a lover of life and an all-around good guy!