Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. Youâ€™ve seen him on Comedy Centralâ€™s award winning and critically celebrated Chappelleâ€™s Show as â€˜Ashy Larryâ€™, the 70â€™s jheri curled â€˜Beautifulâ€™, and numerous other characters heâ€™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. â€œHilariousâ€ is what Linda Stasi of The New York Post calls Donnellâ€™s performance as host.
His unique brand of observational humor earned Donnell co-hosting duties On Power 105â€™s (NYâ€™s #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station) morning show â€œEgypt and Ashy in the Morningâ€. He is now co-hosting â€œThe Big Tigger Morning Showâ€ on WPGC in Washington DC. Currently, Donnell can be seen regularly on E!â€™s hit show â€œChelsea Lately,â€ MTVâ€™s new show â€œHatin.â€™â€. His new 1 Hour Stand-Up â€œAshy to Classyâ€ premiered on Comedy Central October 23, 2010 is also available in stores on DVD. He also enjoyed reprising his character of Day-Day Price on HBOâ€™s Emmy-Award winning series â€œThe Wireâ€ during a 3-episode arc, during the showâ€™s final season (2007- 2008). In 2007, Donnell co-created and starred in Heavy.comâ€™s hit web series â€œFrom Ashy to Classyâ€, 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 â€œReality Bites Backâ€ 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 NBCâ€™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, Donnellâ€™s wordplay shotdown 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 â€œofficial hecklerâ€ 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 HBOâ€™s Def Comedy Jam.From his weekly guest appearances on New Yorkâ€™s Hot 97 Morning Show, to his role in the blockbuster Spider-Man II and his position as resident â€œFunny Guyâ€ on the Ricki Lake Show, Donnell rise to stardom may not have been â€œovernightâ€, but the journey has given him the life experience to keep his humor edgy and relevant. Donnellâ€™s peers have noticed his talent and potential. Neal Brennan, co-executive producer and co-head writer of Chappelleâ€™s Show: â€œWhenever we put Donnell in the game heâ€™s going to hit a home run.â€ Jamie Foxx says â€œThat guy is a beast!â€ Wayne Brady commented that Donnell provides â€œamazing work on the showâ€ and Dave Chappelle feels that â€œDonnell brings so much to the table...this very funny guy makes it look natural and easy.â€