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Don Chezina

Biography

Dubbed “the device Gun Rapper” due to his quick and forceful design, reggaeton vocalist Don Chezina may be the son of musician Ricardo “The Latin from Manhattan” Garcia. Created in Augusta, GA, but elevated in Puerto Rico, Chezina began by collaborating using the DJ Playero and showing up for the mixtape series Don Ricardo Garcia: Presents My Boy Don Chezina and Sue Me Make sure you…I WANT the Promotion, which mixed Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliot, Otis Redding, along with other performers’ paths with Garcia and Chezina’s vocals. Bien Guillao de Gangster from 1997 designated the start of Chezina’s single career and presented the substantial Puerto Rican strikes “Mi Historia” and “Bendicion de Dios” with unique visitor Rey Pirin. Hits and remix choices like 1998’s Mi Trayectoria and 2004’s Exitos adopted, along with several singles and collaborations. Using the reggaeton audio becoming popular within the U.S. and European countries by the end of 2004, Chezina was right now catching the hearing of popular rap maker Kanye Western, who included a Tego Calderón-dissing freestyle from Chezina on his 50 Grand Mixtape.

Quick Facts


Full Name Don Chezina
Date Of Birth January 12, 1976
Profession Singer, Rapper, Scout
Parents Ricardo Garcia
Music Songs Tra Tra Tra, Tra,Tra, La Conspiración, El Tra, Tra, Tra, Los cangris, Dale Chocolate, Mi mujer, Llego el Masta, Mira la nena, Vampira Remix, Seala, El Bocon, Guillao' de gangster, Perreo Perreo, Bien Guillao De Ganster, Si Yo Volviera A Nacer, Brinquen, Mueve Tu Cuerpo, Un Perreo Solido, Bien Duro, Chezidom, Un Nuevo Estilo, A Soltarte, Que La Monta, Capea el Dough, Spanish Reggae, Vacilon, Reggaeton mix, Chupas Muerdes o Masticas, Chezidon Santo Domingo, Dame Un Chin, Quiero Que Me Griten
Albums Bien Guillao de Gangster, Don Chezina Live, Mi Trayectoria, Its the Don, Miles De Ideas, Don Fichureo, Live from Miami, Vol. 4 Greatest Hits Of Don Chezina And The Super Stars Of Reggaeton, Éxitos, My Life, Los Dadvaders Instrumental Vol #1
Movies Reggaeton Video Hits: Vol. 1, Los Videos Del Reggaeton 2, All Access: La Revista En DVD


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#Fact
1 Became a father for the first time when his girlfriend gave birth to the couple's first child, a son.
2 Grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was raised a Jehovah's Witness.
3 In her 2011 book "Bossypants," Tina Fey said that during the early years of the show, Donald Glover was 30 Rock's only black writer. She also said that he was so young that when he started on the writing staff, he was still living in a New York University dorm and working there as a Resident Adviser. Since he came from a large family in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Fey said that Glover was especially good at writing for the character of Kenneth, who was also supposed to be from Stone Mountain.
4 For his role on Community (2009) (TV), named one of the "Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art," in cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).
5 In 2010, while the producers of the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man were casting their Peter Parker, a grassroots Internet campaign sprang up advocating for casting Donald Glover in the role. Andrew Garfield was eventually cast instead, but in 2011, when the "Ultimate" comics version of Peter Parker died, Parker was replaced as Ultimate Spider-Man by a half-black, half-Latino teen named Miles Morales, whose appearance and ethnicity were heavily influenced by Glover's (according to numerous interviews with "Ultimate" comics writer Brian Michael Bendis).
6 Raps under the stage name Childish Gambino.
7 Auditioned to play Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live (1975) but lost to Fred Armisen.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lion King 2019 pre-production Simba (voice)
Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film 2018 filming Lando Calrissian
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 post-production
Atlanta 2016 TV Series Earnest 'Earn' Marks
Adventure Time 2013-2016 TV Series Marshall Lee
The Martian 2015 Rich Purnell
Magic Mike XXL 2015 Andre
China, IL 2015 TV Series Transfer Billy
Ultimate Spider-Man 2015 TV Series Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man
The Lazarus Effect 2015 Niko
Childish Gambino: Sober 2015 Video short Hero Boy (as Childish Gambino)
Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave 2014 Video short as Childish Gambino
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2014 Greg
Chicken and Futility 2014 Short The Boy (as Childish Gambino)
Community 2009-2014 TV Series Troy Barnes
The To Do List 2013 Derrick
Sesame Street 2013 TV Series LMNOP
Girls 2013 TV Series Sandy
30 Rock 2006-2012 TV Series Young Tracy Jordan Gay Kid Producer ...
Community: Abed's Master Key 2012 TV Movie Troy Barnes (voice)
CollegeHumor Originals 2011 TV Series Troy Barnes
Regular Show in Space 2011 TV Series Alpha Dog
The Muppets 2011 Junior CDE Executive
Our Deal 2011 Short Day Trotter
Moves: The Rise and Rise of the New Pornographers 2011 Short Reporter
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III 2010 TV Movie Mace Windu Scout Trooper Stormtrooper (voice)
Thomas Jefferson 2010 Video short Interviewer
GINK 2010 Video short Donald
Community: Study Break 2010 TV Mini-Series short Troy Barnes
I Am Tiger Woods 2009 Short Tiger Woods
Don't Jerk Off to This 2009 Video short
Boy Band 2009 Video short Mikey / Narrator
Mystery Team Adventures: The Case of the Haunted Hotel 2009 Video short Jason
Mystery Team 2009 Jason
UCB Comedy Originals 2007 TV Series
Wink 2007 Video short Falvo the Wink
Jazz Man 2007 Video short Cal 'Jellymouth' Williams
Shouting Homeless Realtor 2007 Video short Homeless Realtor
Rookie 2007 Video short Veteran Cop
Memory Loss 2007 Video short Alan Mortimer
Mafia 2007 Video short Gangster
New Bike 2007 Video short Son
Party Dudes 2007 Video short Daniel Franks
Bronx World Travelers 2007 TV Series Scoopy Brown
Funny 2007 Video short Curtis
Hip Hop 2007 Video short
Ad Campaign 2007 Video short Mr. Peterson
Human Giant 2007 TV Series Mitchell the Webcam Guy
WQXR: The Cool Breeze 2007 Video short The Cheese
Emo Song 2007 Video short Emo Singer (voice)
Foreigner 2007 Video short Foreign Neighbor
Guns 2007 Video short
B-Boy Stance 2007 Video short Prince Reggie K
Jerry 2007 Video short Jerry
Girls Are Not to Be Trusted 2006 Video short Kevin / Belanie
Celebrity 2006 Video short Cop
Self Defense 2006 Video short Mugger
He Really Gave It to Me 2006 Video short Kevin / Additional Voices
KP 2006 Video short KP
Movie Executive Dad 2006 Video short Movie Executive Dad
National Spelling Bee 2006 Video short Judge
Opposite Day 2006 Video short Mr. Peterson
Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigative Report 2006 Video short Bro Rapist
Keyboard Kid 2006 Video short Jeffrey's Dad (voice)
Black Peter Pan 2006 Short Peter Pan
Culliver Family Variety Hour 2006 TV Short Bill
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Criminal
Gene Shalit's Preview Corner 2005 TV Short The Gamer
Winner Takes All 1998 TV Movie Extra

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roadies 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Creed 2015 performer: "Waiting for My Moment" / writer: "Breathe", "Waiting for My Moment"
Dancing in Small Spaces 2015 TV Series short 1 episode
Magic Mike XXL 2015 performer: "Caroline", "Marry You" / writer: "Caroline"
HellFish 2015 Short performer: "Zealots of Stockholm" - as Childish Gambino
Waterloo Road 2013-2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Rap Critic Reviews 2013-2015 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Childish Gambino: Sober 2015 Video short performer: "Sober" - as Childish Gambino / producer: "Sober" - as Childish Gambino / writer: "Sober" - as Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave 2014 Video short performer: "Telegraph Ave. "Oakland" by Lloyd" - as Childish Gambino / producer: "Telegraph Ave. "Oakland" by Lloyd" / writer: "Telegraph Ave. "Oakland" by Lloyd"
Downtown 2014 TV Series short performer - 1 episode
Community TV Series performer - 16 episodes, 2009 - 2013 writer - 2 episodes, 2009
Adventure Time 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
2012 MTV Video Music Awards 2012 TV Special performer: "Heartbeat" - uncredited / producer: "Heartbeat" - uncredited / writer: "Heartbeat" - uncredited
Fire Fly 2012 Video short performer: "Fire Fly" - as Childish Gambino / producer: "Fire Fly" / writer: "Fire Fly"
Supporting Characters 2012 performer: "My Shine" - as Childish Gambino / writer: "My Shine"
The Playlist 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heartbeat 2012/II Video short performer: "Heartbeat" / producer: "Heartbeat" / writer: "Heartbeat"
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl TV Series short performer - 1 episode, 2012 producer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Late Show with David Letterman TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Regular Show in Space 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Conan TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 producer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Bonfire 2011 Video short performer: "Bonfire" / producer: "Bonfire" / writer: "Bonfire"
Lopez Tonight 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks 2011 Video short performer: "Freaks & Geeks" / writer: "Freaks & Geeks"
Mystery Team 2009 performer: "The Stand" / writer: "The Stand"
30 Rock TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2007 writer - 2 episodes, 2007
Emo Song 2007 Video short performer: "Emo Song" / writer: "Emo Song"
Keyboard Kid 2006 Video short performer: "Keyboard Kid" / writer: "Keyboard Kid"
Get Out 2017/I performer: "Redbone" - as Childish Gambino / writer: "Redbone"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Skam 2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Atlanta 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Power 2014-2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Atlanta TV Series created by - 10 episodes, 2016 written by - 4 episodes, 2016
Chicken and Futility 2014 Short as Childish Gambino
Clapping for the Wrong Reasons 2013 Short
Fire Fly 2012 Video short writer
Heartbeat 2012/II Video short writer
Donald Glover: Weirdo 2012 TV Special documentary writer
Bonfire 2011 Video short writer
Funny as Hell 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks 2011 Video short writer
Comedy Central Presents 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Live at Gotham 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
30 Rock TV Series executive story editor - 22 episodes, 2008 - 2009 written by - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009
Mystery Team 2009 screenplay / story
CH Live: NYC 2009 TV Series short writer
Memory Loss 2007 Video short
Blowjob Girl 2007 Video short
New Bike 2007 Video short
Emo Song 2007 Video short
Jerry 2007 Video short
Girls Are Not to Be Trusted 2006 Video short
Celebrity 2006 Video short
Self Defense 2006 Video short
National Spelling Bee 2006 Video short
Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigative Report 2006 Video short as Derrick Comedy
Keyboard Kid 2006 Video short
Black Peter Pan 2006 Short writer
Virginity Mixtape 2006 Short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Atlanta 2016 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Clapping for the Wrong Reasons 2013 Short executive producer
Fire Fly 2012 Video short producer - as Childish Gambino
Heartbeat 2012/II Video short producer - as Childish Gambino
Bonfire 2011 Video short producer - as Childish Gambino
Freaks and Geeks 2011 Video short producer - as Childish Gambino
Mystery Team 2009 executive producer
Memory Loss 2007 Video short executive producer
Blowjob Girl 2007 Video short executive producer
New Bike 2007 Video short executive producer
Emo Song 2007 Video short executive producer
Jerry 2007 Video short executive producer
Girls Are Not to Be Trusted 2006 Video short executive producer
Celebrity 2006 Video short executive producer
Self Defense 2006 Video short executive producer
National Spelling Bee 2006 Video short executive producer
Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigative Report 2006 Video short executive producer
Keyboard Kid 2006 Video short executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 Rock 2008-2009 TV Series executive story editor - 22 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Women Collection 2017 Short as Childish Gambino, original music by
Childish Gambino: Sober 2015 Video short as Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave 2014 Video short
Clapping for the Wrong Reasons 2013 Short as Childish Gambino
Fire Fly 2012 Video short as Childish Gambino
High Rise Initiation 2012 Video short
Heartbeat 2012/II Video short as Childish Gambino
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl 2012 TV Series short 1 episode
Bonfire 2011 Video short
Freaks and Geeks 2011 Video short
Mystery Team 2009 original score
UCB Comedy Originals 2009 TV Series 1 episode
Blowjob Girl 2007 Video short as Childish Gambino
Emo Song 2007 Video short as Childish Gambino
Keyboard Kid 2006 Video short as Childish Gambino
Checkout 2006/I Short music by

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Atlanta TV Series music supervisor - 7 episodes, 2016 executive music producer - 3 episodes, 2016

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Atlanta 2016 TV Series 2 episodes
Chicken and Futility 2014 Short as Childish Gambino

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 Rock 2012 TV Series thanks - 1 episode
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl 2012 TV Series short thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Underground Comedy Documentary post-production
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2017 TV Series Himself - After Party
The 74th Golden Globe Awards 2017 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Himself
Conan 2011-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Reel Junkie 2015 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2015 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Today 2015 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013-2015 TV Series Himself - Musical guest / Himself (segment "Mean Tweets: Music Edition 2")
2014 MTV Video Music Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
MTVU Woodie Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself (as Childish Gambino)
Harmontown 2014 Documentary Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Clapping for the Wrong Reasons 2013 Short Himself (as Childish Gambino)
2012 BET Hip Hop Awards 2012 TV Special Himself (as Childish Gambino)
The Morning After 2012 TV Series short Himself
2012 MTV Video Music Awards 2012 TV Special Himself (as Childish Gambino)
Fire Fly 2012 Video short Himself (as Childish Gambino)
The Playlist 2012 TV Series Himself - Remix Victim
Heartbeat 2012/II Video short Himself (as Childish Gambino)
Shut Up and Play the Hits 2012 Documentary Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself
Donald Glover: Weirdo 2012 TV Special documentary Himself
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl 2012 TV Series short Himself
17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Himself
Bonfire 2011 Video short Himself (as Childish Gambino)
The Hour 2011 TV Series Himself
Funny as Hell 2011 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Lopez Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself
Freaks and Geeks 2011 Video short Himself (as Childish Gambino)
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2010 TV Series Himself
10 Minutes 2010 Short Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Himself
The Soup 2010 TV Series Himself
The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South 2010 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself
Comedy Central Presents 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Comedy Central's Hot List 2009 TV Movie Himself
Live at Gotham 2009 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Moving Pictures Live! 2009 TV Series Himself
Comic-Con '09 Live 2009 TV Movie Himself (as Derrick Comedy)
CH Live: NYC 2009 TV Series short Himself - Comedian
Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! 2006 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ares III: The Untold Story 2016 Video documentary short Rich Purnell - Aerodynamicist
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Atlanta (2016)
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Atlanta (2016)
2012 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Breakout Performer of the Year
2012 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Ensemble Community (2009) · Joel McHale
· Gillian Jacobs
· Danny Pudi
· Yvette Nicole Brown
· Alison Brie
· Jim Rash
· Ken Jeong
· Chevy Chase
2010 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy Series 30 Rock (2006) · Jack Burditt
· Kay Cannon
· Robert Carlock
· Tom Ceraulo
· Vali Chandrasekaran
· Tina Fey
· Steve Hely
· Matt Hubbard
· Dylan Morgan
· Paula Pell
· Jon Pollack
· John Riggi
· Tami Sagher
· Josh Siegal
· Ron Weiner
· Tracey Wigfield
2009 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy Series 30 Rock (2006) · Jack Burditt
· Kay Cannon
· Robert Carlock
· Tina Fey
· Andrew Guest
· Matt Hubbard
· Jon Pollack
· John Riggi
· Tami Sagher
· Ron Weiner
2008 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy Series 30 Rock (2006) · Brett Baer
· Jack Burditt
· Kay Cannon
· Robert Carlock
· Tina Fey
· Dave Finkel
· Daisy Gardner
· Matt Hubbard
· Jon Pollack
· John Riggi
· Tami Sagher
· Ron Weiner

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series Atlanta (2016)
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Atlanta (2016)
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Atlanta (2016)
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Atlanta (2016)
2017 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Atlanta (2016) · Dianne McGunigle
· Paul Simms
· Hiro Murai
· Alex Orr
2017 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy Series Atlanta (2016) · Stephen Glover
· Stefani Robinson
· Paul Simms
2017 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA New Series Atlanta (2016) · Stephen Glover
· Stefani Robinson
· Paul Simms
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Song Creed (2015) · Vince Staples
· Jhene Aiko
· Ryan Coogler
· Ludwig Göransson
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance For the song "3005."
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rap Album For the album "Because the Internet."
2015 VMA MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) Best Direction Childish Gambino: Sober (2015) · Hiro Murai
2015 VMA MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) Best Visual Effects Childish Gambino: Telegraph Ave (2014)
2014 VMA MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) Best Hip-Hop Video For the video "3005."
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Community (2009)
2012 VMA MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) Best Hip-Hop Video Heartbeat (2012)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Community (2009)
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble of the Year Community (2009) · Alison Brie
· Yvette Nicole Brown
· Chevy Chase
· Gillian Jacobs
· Ken Jeong
· Joel McHale
· Danny Pudi
· Jim Rash
2007 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy Series 30 Rock (2006) · Brett Baer
· Jack Burditt
· Kay Cannon
· Robert Carlock
· Tina Fey
· Dave Finkel
· Daisy Gardner
· Matt Hubbard
· John Riggi
2007 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA New Series 30 Rock (2006) · Brett Baer
· Jack Burditt
· Kay Cannon
· Robert Carlock
· Tina Fey
· Dave Finkel
· Daisy Gardner
· Matt Hubbard
· John Riggi


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#Quote
1 I'm not scared of the future at all. The future is progress if you treat it right.
2 I'm not a big party animal, but I like to create moments people can hold on to.
3 If you're on Twitter, what you're saying is, 'I'm important enough for you to care what I think.'
4 The only reason I'm able to do music is because I'm making money on 'Community.' If I wasn't, I couldn't pay for things.
5 Twitter does have an effect on everything - things you put out there, they are out there for good.
6 Usually, if I think something is really funny, I'm not gonna test it. I'll just test it when I'm onstage.
7 We put stereotypes on ourselves. Everybody does that. But I think it's just a little harder for black kids to just be who they are.
8 When anybody pays you to be creative, you're very lucky.
9 Black culture is a fight. We want to hold on to what we are, but sometimes the things that we are can be totally negative. You have to think: can't we try something new and not be seen as suspect?
10 I call 'Community' the best day job in the world, because between takes, I get to write music. I get to write sketches. I get to write movies. It's the best job ever.
11 I personally don't believe people really grow. They just learn stuff when they were a kid, and hold on to it, and that affects every relationship they have.
12 I started doing '30 Rock' and started writing 'Mystery Team' at the beginning of that. While I was doing 'Mystery Team,' I started practicing stand-up. While I was doing stand up, I got 'Community.' It's like I planted trees six years ago, and now they have fruit.
13 I'm very impatient, so I was like, 'I want to be able to do whatever I want now.' But even the biggest stars - you look back and they weren't overnight.
14 The thing about stand-up was, I was doing all this sketch and YouTube stuff where I was not being censored and I got to do my own thing, and it was really cool.
15 A lot of the rap shows I saw as a kid were boring, but if you went to a Rage show or a Justice show, the kids were losing their minds.
16 Also, I realized a lot of kids are listening to me. Whether I want to be or not, they're looking up to me.
17 Black men struggle with masculinity so much. The idea that we must always be strong really presses us all down - it keeps us from growing.
18 But I just think I was lucky enough to figure out early on that I wanted to do comedy, so that's what I put all my effort into.
19 Careers very rarely are a waste of time; jobs usually are.
20 I felt like high school for me was like a big whirlpool of me trying to figure out what was OK for me to do.
21 I have an obsession with books about kids with Asperger's syndrome.
22 I think it's a comedian's job to make everything funny. Nothing is off-limits.
23 I try to be me to the utmost.
24 I'm probably going to get in trouble for this but 'American Dad' is one of my favorite shows. It gets very dark in places but the jokes are there.
25 I had a 'Simpsons' and 'Everybody Hates Chris' spec and I remember thinking I was never going to hear from them again. Even after meeting with Tina, I left thinking I wasn't going to get it. I don't tell a lot of other comedians the story of how I ended up there because I guess a lot of people say it's like a fairy tale. But I just think I was lucky enough to figure out early on that I wanted to do comedy, so that's what I put all my effort into. -- on getting the job as a writer on "30 Rock".
26 Writing is a very strenuous thing - it's like banging your head against a wall. At the end of the day, acting is better, just because nobody ever asked me if I wanted a Pellegrino in the writer's room.
27 When you think of the former high school football star, you think 6-foot-2, white, meathead as the model for that kind of character. Since I'm not 6-foot-2 or white, I just thought about what I could bring to it. I thought about Smash Williams from 'Friday Night Lights,' like the cocky quarterback, and played around with that. -- on his character Troy in "Community". Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/11/19/2009-11-19_donald_glover_went_from_writing_for_30_rock_to_starring_in_nbcs_community.html#ixzz0XMVVbQMj
28 L.A. is such a different place. I miss New York so much. I almost teared up when I came back and wanted a Guinness and realized I could drink it and take a cab home. I remembered that I could be a functional alcoholic in New York, like I used to be!


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