Donald Glover majors in laughs on NBC’s ‘Community’

By , November 23, 2009

Donald Glover quit his job as a writer on NBC’s “30 Rock” in the spring to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian and actor. Boston Herald has an interview with Donald Glover, and here are the highlights:

Donald Glover

The Atlanta native is accustomed to things falling into place for him. Just before he graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he landed a job as a writer on “30 Rock.” Producers had heard about him through his work with the sketch comedy group the Upright Citizens Brigade and e-mailed him that they were looking for writers.

“It could have been a fake e-mail,” he said. “Who gets an e-mail out of nowhere like that?”

There “is this weird thing where comedians are all about struggle,” he said. “A lot of my stand-up is around my childhood, which was my most turbulent time in my life, where I felt really alone and stuff. But as far as my career, it’s been pretty smooth sailing. I can’t really complain. I’ve been extremely fortunate.”

“I always think, ‘This better be funny because Chevy Chase is watching,’ ” he said. “But I think I got a lot of that out of my system at ‘30 Rock’ because I was always working with Tina (Fey), and I was always so enthralled with all the things that she did and how amazing she was. You just realize, they’re so accomplished, but you’re all doing the same stuff. You’re trying to make the best product and make the funniest stuff happen.”

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