2019 has been a big year for Donnell so far, as he is currently on his Funny Moves Tour. He just shot a role in The Jay and Silent Bob Reboot film, and was also a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. He can be seen starring in Kevin Smith’s Hollyweed, The New Negroes on Comedy Central, Historical Roasts with Jeff Ross on Netflix, and TBS’s The Last OG with Tracy Morgan.
Previously, Donnell hosted his own show as Judge Rawlings on MTV2’s Guy Court, and was a cast member on MTV2’s Guy Code. He has also appeared in a number of TV shows, including TLC’s Project Dad starring Donnell and his son, The Shaq Comedy All-Stars on Showtime, host of Staann' Dup on Starz in Black, and the hit animation Black Dynamite where he lends his voice in a recurring role as “Another Cat Named Rally”. 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 can be seen in the blockbuster Spider-Man II.
In 2016, Donnell was featured on Saturday Night Live in the famous Walking Dead sketch when Chappelle hosted. You’ve also seen Donnell 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. He was also featured in Queen Latifah's movie Percentage, and his 1-Hour Stand-Up special “Ashy to Classy” premiered on Comedy Central in October of 2010.
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.