Donald Glover Explains Why He Passed On Stand-Up Routine

Donald Glover

Donald Glover was supposed to take the stage at a fan of New York comedy club, but he backed out.

Donald Glover was tempted to try out his new stand-up material at the Comedy Cellar while shooting “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” but it “didn’t feel right.”

Glover’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” co-star Maya Erskine revealed in a joint interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the “Atlanta” actor “almost” returned to stand-up “every time” they went back to New York for the action comedy series.

Donald Glover admitted that he went to the Comedy Cellar with the intention of trying out new jokes but he never got up on stage.

“I thought I would,” he explained. “It didn’t feel right. I still write jokes down and I think about it. I asked (fellow comedian) Bill Burr where to go, and I had a list, and I was just like, ‘Is it something that I feel like I need to do right now?’ Maybe it’s just a nice thing that’s there that you can try to do again if you want.”

The 40-year-old, who released his last stand-up special, Weirdo, in 2012, added that he has been considering getting back into comedy since his conversation with Chris Rock.

“(I’ve) thought about it,” he noted. “Chris Rock had said, like, ‘When are you going to do it again? No one gets really good at it until their 40s, except for Eddie (Murphy).'”