Daily Style Phile: Donald Glover

by Ross Kenneth Urken · February 28, 2011

    Donald Glover, the writer, comedian, actor, and rapper has been seeing his career mount in momentum as he prepares for his spring IAMDONALD tour. He caused quite the stir at Fashion Week making public his offer to sleep with Anna Wintour. But his shenanigans won't end there.

    His live show, IAMDONALD is going on tour this spring and will appear at the Bowery Ballroom on May 10th and the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 14th. Here's what you need to know.

    As his press release puts it:

    "IAMDONALD is an interactive experience that uses live music, comedy, and video to convey the personal experience of being me, Donald Glover. Everyone who comes to the show will leave the show my best friend. IAMDONALD is about not letting people define you. A lot of my fans tweet or email me saying how they like that I do a lot of things and are held back by people saying 'You're a writer. Why are you acting?' or 'You can't rap about the show Rugrats.' I say 'F**k that. That's pretty much the show.""

    The Bio:

    Name: Donald McKinley Glover

    Born: September 25, 1983 in Edwards Air Force Base, California

    Raised: Stone Mountain, Georgia

    Parents: His mother runs a foster home, and his father is a postman

    College: NYU, degree in Dramatic Writing (2006)

    Start: Derrick Comedy, sketch comedy group with Dominic Dierkes, Meggie McFadden, DC Pierson, and Dan Eckman. The group wrote and starred in the movie Mystery Team (2009).

    Acting: role of Troy Barnes on NBC's Community, alongside Joel McHale and Chevy Chase

    Writing: He wrote for 30 Rock for three successful seasons before quitting to pursue his comedy and acting career.

    A brief glance at his stand-up:


    Donald Glover - Can't Say It



    Joke of the Day

    Funny Jokes


    He DJs and produces his own music. His album releases are Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle and Utterances of the Heart.


    His rap persona is "Childish Gambino."

    "I'm Alright"


    Sick Boi (2008)

    Poindexter (2009)

    I am Just a Rapper (2010)

    I am Just a Rapper 2 (2010)

    Culdesac (2010)

    "Freaks and Geeks"

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    Bambino X


    Sir Durton Cloud 9

    Ms. Long-Lady Stanhope



    On Anna Wintour and Flatulence:

    When he sat in the front row at the Band of Outsiders runway show next to Anna Wintour and Tavi Gevinson, he told the Post:

    "Talk to them? I tried to disappear! I just kept thinking to myself, 'Don't fart! Don't fart! Please don't fart."

    When male models dropped from the ceiling on harnesses, apparently Wintour said to him, "Hmm. Spider-Man."

    On Anna Wintour And The Phone

    When Anna Wintour left her phone on his seat, he told New York Mag:

    "I've seen The September Issue. I watched The Devil Wears Prada...I wasn't going to ask Wintour to move her phone!"

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    On Anna Wintour And A Tryst:

    "As minutes ticked by, Glover began to do what many of us enduring an awkward moment might have done: He began to Tweet, using the hash tag '#thingsItriednottodoinfrontofAnnaWintour'. His followers tweeted back, suggesting other things that would be terrible to do in front of Anna Wintour, such as quote The Devil Wears Prada. They also asked if she could 'get it.' 'I have this thing on my Twitter called #cangetit,' Glover explained. 'Which is girls I think can get it. Like, if they wanted to have sex with me, they could at any point. So I got a lot of Tweets like, 'Can Anna Wintour get it?' And she totally can.' He imagined what she might say in bed: 'This sex is derivative of your fall-collection sex. Try something new, and don't be so afraid to bite things...Look if Anna Wintour wants to have sex with me, she totally can...It can't hurt to put that out there."

    Other Quips:

    As Paper Mag reported, Donald Glover at the Band of Outsiders show during fashion week told Andrew Andrew they looked "like the heirs to the Willy Wonka fortune."

    Unsuccessful Campaigns:

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    There were movements to get him to play Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man movie and also to portray Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live. Alas.

    He will take New York by storm this spring, and in the meantime, this is your cheat sheet.

    [Top Image: Christopher Dibble ©2010, christopherdibble.com]