Childish Gambino

Donald Glover has been a viral-video phenomenon, a New York improv-comedy staple, an award-winning writer for 30 Rock and now an actor on NBC's recently renewed Community. Funny guy. But he's really just a rapper. Performing under the moniker Childish Gambino - chosen after he ran his name through a Wu-Tang Clan name generator during his freshman year at NYU - the 26-year-old is arriving at a time when hip-hop and comedy are intersecting in strange ways. Just don't call it a joke. "I guess that's just my brain," Glover says from his Los Angeles apartment while tweaking his recent Comedy Central stand-up special. "I never go into an album thinking, 'This needs to be a little funnier.' I only look at scripts or jokes that way. There's no winking at the culture of hip-hop. I'm dead serious."
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Sean Fennessy