Fast Facts

  • In college he studied improvisation and comedy writing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
  • Was hired right out of college by Tina Fey as a writer on 30 Rock.
  • Was nominated for a Writers Guild award for best comedy series for season three of 30 Rock.
  • After leaving 30 Rock, he ended up winning the role of Troy on NBC's Community in 2009. 
  • A founding member of the Internet sketch comedy group DERRICK Comedy, he wrote and produced the group's first film, Mystery Team (2009).
  • Has rapped under the name Childish Gambino and has released mix tapes.
  • Started a Twitter campaign to audition for the role of Peter Parker in the 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.
  • Received the Rising Comedy Star of the Year award in 2010 at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.


  • 2017, Producers Guild Awards — Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: Winner
  • 2016, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2017, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2017, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2017, Writers Guild Awards — New Series: Winner


  • New York University, New York, New York, United States (2006)

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  • Birth Name: Donald McKinley Glover
  • Birth Place: Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, writer, comedian, Musician

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