Donald Glover is a comedian and comedy writer who gained a measure of fame as a member of the Derrick Comedy group. That exposure led to a role as Troy on the NBC comedy Community. Glover is also a successful rap artist, performing under the name Childish Gambino.
In December 2011 Donald Glover was named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list. This list includes people who are achieving great things and a young age and those who are expected to be tomorrow's brightest stars.
In November 2011 Donald, as Childish Gambino, released his first hard copy recording, Camp, under the Glassnote label. All of Gambino's previous recordings were digital downloads the artist released himself.
In 2010 the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival presented Donald Glover the "Rising Comedy Star of the Year" award.
Donald got his rapper name, Childish Gambino, during his freshman year of college when he ran his name through a Wu-Tang Clan name generator.
Donald was raised as a Jehovah's Witness.
Donald and the other members of the Derrick Comedy group produced Internet commercials for Clearasil.
To make money while in college, Donald sometimes became a test subject for New York University psychology department experiments.
Donald wrote the musical score for the 2009 film Mystery Team.
Donald, along with other New York University students, founded an improv group called Wicked Wicked Hammerkatz. Donald and some of the members later formed the Derrick Comedy group.
Donald was the featured comedian in a March 2010 episode of Comedy Central Presents.
In July 2009 Donald was named on of Varity Magazine's 10 Comics to Watch.
Donald studied improvisational comedy and sketch comedy writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.
Donald was born on Edwards Air Force Base in California.
When he was growing up Donald's family often took in foster children.
Donald's father works for the United States Postal Service. His mother runs a daycare.
Donald produces music remixes under the name mc DJ, and produces music tracks under the name Childish Gambino.
Donald co-wrote and stars in the 2010 film Mystery Team.
Donald was hired to be a writer for 30 Rock right after he graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Donald Glover: Everyone's talking about bitcoins and money and stuff like that, but the real currency is time. Tina Fey told me, 'The most expensive thing to waste in the world is other people's time.' When you control other people's time, time is the essence of everything. And the reason people want money is so they can have more time. Not even just on a level of like, 'I can live longer and be healthier,' just on a level of, 'I don't have to run this errand.'
Donald Glover: I have an obsession with books about kids with Asperger's syndrome. I like the way they think - it suits me. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon is great. That and [Jonathan Safran Foer's] Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - they're on a separate bookshelf. They don't understand what the other books are saying by their facial expressions, but they're perfectly lined-up.
Donald Glover: (on being a writer for three seasons on 30 Rock) Tina Fey took me under her wing and really pushed me to find my own voice. Going in, I didn't really know who I was comedically, but coming out I felt far more confident.