Laugh Tracks: Donald Glover

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Donald Glover is a rising star in the world of comedy, and for good reason. While still an RA at NYU, he became a staff writer for "30 Rock." He left the show to focus on stand-up, earning himself a showcase on "Comedy Central Presents."

Now he stars on NBC's hit comedy "Community" and is coming to Ohio State tonight with the Axe Twisted Humor Tour. Amazingly enough, Glover found time to speak with me about everything he's been up to.

You've only been doing stand-up for a short time, and already a special on Comedy Central. Are you a natural?

I think so, but I don't want to make it sound like I have some superpower for stand-up. I've always been a storyteller. I wrote sketch before and I've done improv, so it wasn't like I just walked into comedy. I was very lucky, but in a different sense I did years of work.

What's it like touring for the first time?

Hanging out with other comedians is always going to make you funnier because it makes you step up your game. We're just making fun of each other constantly. You can't mess up around a whole bunch of comedians.

It's been going pretty great. The crowds are great. I've never been on tour before - I get to be on a bus. That's pretty awesome.

Life on the bus is good?

This is the first day of the bus, so I'm in love with it right now. I'm sure I'll hate it by the end. It'll be like an ex-girlfriend. In the beginning this is the best thing that ever happened. By then end it'll be like, "I never want to see you again. Take all of your stuff with you."

You're a self-proclaimed nerd. How does that affect your character Troy on "Community," who's a jock?

He's turning into a nerd, slowly. Hanging out with Abed [Danny Pudi], you wouldn't think, "That guy is a total meathead." He's kind of a nerd now, which is good.

Dan Harmon, the creator of the show, always said I'm the person that's least like their character, but now I think it's pretty obvious that he's turned more and more into me.

It's different from your experience in school?

I think it's not much different in a sense that you have that group of friends you hang out with. But it's different for me because I think Troy started out on top in high school, and I never felt that way. I felt like I was somebody who wasn't popular, but now I'm on TV. [laughs]

Ever want to go back and say, "Look at me now, I'm a star."

Well, I went to a performing arts high school, so they'll be like, "Yeah, that's exactly what we were hoping would happen."

Axe Twisted Humor Tour Presented by Funny or Die

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29

Where: Ohio Union, Campus