Childish Gambino

September 25, 1983
  • Childish Gambino is the stage name of comedian Donald Glover. Glover got the name from a Wu-Tang name generator he found online. He also produces music and DJ's under the name "mcDJ."
  • Along with performing rap as Childish Gambino, actor Donald Glover stars on the TV show Community and writes skits as part of the sketch comedy troupe Derrick Comedy. The group even released a full-length movie in 2009 called Mystery Team that played in a limited number of theatres.
  • In May 2010, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) started a Twitter campaign to try to help him land an audition for the role of Peter Parker in the Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Spider-Man creator Stan Lee soon expressed his support for Glover's campaign. One year later, artist Brian Michael Bendis revealed an African-American Spider Man. Bendis said that the character was created before Glover's campaign started but that the actor heavily influenced his concept of what the new Peter Parker should look like.
  • 2011 was a huge year for Childish Gambino. Not only did he perform at the Bonnaroo, Comic-Con, and South-by-Southwest festivals, but he announced to the crowd at the Rock the Bells festival that he had signed a major-label deal with Glassnote Records. His major-label debut Camp was released later that year.
  • Childish Gambino says he spent a huge part of his freshmen year in college just making beats. A friend gave him a ripped version of the beat-making program Fruity Loops and after that, the rapper says he "skipped class and didn't leave his room for a week."
  • Childish Gambino told GQ that his karaoke song is "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal. The rapper says "You're never alone by the time you have to sing 'Baby!' in the chorus." He also says that he respects Seal's range and that he legitimately likes that song.
  • In an interview with GQ, Childish Gambino said he great at cooking osso buco, which is veal shanks with vegetables. He says the key is to slow roast everything and that the marrow in the veal is the best part so you can't let it get too dry.
  • Childish Gambino says the worst things a critic has ever said about him were that he was "fake and lying" and "only in it to make money." The rapper laughed off the criticism saying "because that's what we know about the record industry – boatloads of money coming into it by the day!"
  • Donald Glover told Billboard magazine how he juggles his musical, acting and comedy commitments. "In my house, I have an empty room: I have my studio there, a whiteboard with the Atlanta scripts, a canvas for painting and all my albums and DJ equipment," he explained. "I wake up every morning and I start grabbing things - spray-painting the walls, recording, writing. They're all connected for me. It's all about trying to get to the bottom of what being a human is."
  • Donald Glover was hired at the age of 23 to become a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. It was a spec script he wrote for The Simpsons at college that got him the gig.
  • Donald Glover took home his first pair of Emmys in 2017 for his work on Atlanta. He won gongs for Best Directing in a Comedy Series and Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.


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