Donnell Rawlings Joins “The John DeBella Show”
The John DeBella Show hosted comedian Donnell Rawlings as part of the new and improved “First Friday,” which once again hosts listeners every month.
Rawlings hit the scene as “Ashy Larry” on Chapelle’s Show in the early 2000s. He also appeared in “Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty” and “The Wire” on HBO. He now hosts a podcast, The Donnell Rawlings Show.
He will perform stand-up at Helium Comedy Club for two shows on Friday, April 7 (7:30pm, 10pm) and two on Saturday, April 8 (7:30pm, 10pm).
Donnell Rawlings on The John DeBella Show
Rawlings joined John DeBella and Steve Vassalotti in studio to discuss his shows at Helium, Black Lives Matter, and John’s ageless mustache.
When asked about the challenges comedians face with cancel culture, he shared a piece of advice he once heard from Dave Chapelle.
“It’s our job to make fun of the things that are troubling the world.”
His commentary on the TikTok generation, aka “the guys who stand in front of their phone all day and all they do is just look at dances,” included some questions about why they insist on criticizing his age with names like OG, UNC, or GOAT. His real question:
“Why are you so mad that I continue to live?”
Donnell’s conversation with John and Steve also included stories about the stand-up comedian’s stint in radio and a sincere story about he misses the times when listeners would stop him on the street in New York City for a compliment about his show.
Listen to Donnell Rawlings tell stories about his history in radio, his use of the “race card,” and more on The John DeBella Show podcast.
“The people that employ me are the people that pay good money to come see me perform. If you come to see me do stand-up, you’re not going to get the comedian you want or the comedian that you think is supposed to entertain you. You’re going to get me.” -Donnell Rawlings