November 29 - December 01

Donnell Rawlings

Donnell Rawlings

2019 has been a big year for Donnell. He is currently on his Funny Moves Tour. He just shot a role in the "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" film. He was also on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. He can be seen starring in Kevin Smith’s "Hollyweed." He can be seen on "The New Negroes" on Comedy Central and "Historical Roasts with Jeff Ross" on Netflix. Also look out for him on Nexflix’s "Puggle Trouble." He was featured on TBS’s "The Last OG" with Tracy Morgan. He was a hit at The NY Comedy Festival, The Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and JFL’s Toronto Comedy Festival.

Previous projects include "Project Dad" starring Donnell and his son. It aired on TLC and was a family-friendly series that followed three men that stay home to take care of their kids. In 2017 he killed during a record number of shows working with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in NYC as well as DC. In 2016 Donnell was featured on "Saturday Night Live" in the famous Walking Dead sketch when Chappelle hosted. Donnell hosted his own show as Judge Rawlings on MTV2’s "Guy Court." Donnell was also was a cast member on MTV2’s "Guy Code." He lent his voice in a recurring role as “Another Cat Named Rally” on the hit animated series "Black Dynamite." Donnell continues to tour heavily, performing his intelligently bold stand-up throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Donnell first 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. He was also featured in Queen Latifah's 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 winning HBO Mini-Series "The Corner" and as Day-Day Price on HBO’s Emmy-winning series “The Wire.” On the big screen he could be seen in the blockbuster "Spider-Man II."

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.”

11/29/2019 7:00 PM

Door Time: 6:00 PM

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Thanksgiving is a time when people head home to see their families ... and for Donnell, the DMV is home. He went to TC Williams in Alexandria, and he started his showbiz career by heckling performers at DC comedy clubs before taking the stage himself. His success as a stand-up landed him a spot on "Chappelle's Show," securing him a spot in pop culture history, and he became a favorite on some huge East Coast radio shows (including the WPGC morning show). Bring your family out to laugh with one of our favorites.


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2019 has been a big year for Donnell. He is currently on his Funny Moves Tour. He just shot a role in the "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" film. He was also on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. He can be seen starring in Kevin Smith’s "Hollyweed." He can be seen on "The New Negroes" on Comedy Central and "Historical Roasts with Jeff Ross" on Netflix. Also look out for him on Nexflix’s "Puggle Trouble." He was featured on TBS’s "The Last OG" with Tracy Morgan. He was a hit at The NY Comedy Festival, The Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and JFL’s Toronto Comedy Festival.

Previous projects include "Project Dad" starring Donnell and his son. It aired on TLC and was a family-friendly series that followed three men that stay home to take care of their kids. In 2017 he killed during a record number of shows working with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall in NYC as well as DC. In 2016 Donnell was featured on "Saturday Night Live" in the famous Walking Dead sketch when Chappelle hosted. Donnell hosted his own show as Judge Rawlings on MTV2’s "Guy Court." Donnell was also was a cast member on MTV2’s "Guy Code." He lent his voice in a recurring role as “Another Cat Named Rally” on the hit animated series "Black Dynamite." Donnell continues to tour heavily, performing his intelligently bold stand-up throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Donnell first 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. He was also featured in Queen Latifah's 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 winning HBO Mini-Series "The Corner" and as Day-Day Price on HBO’s Emmy-winning series “The Wire.” On the big screen he could be seen in the blockbuster "Spider-Man II."

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.”