House of Comedy

Donnell Rawlings’ comedy is sick — or at least contagious

The Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A series give you 10 questions of insight into your favorite comedians’ minds.

Donnell Rawlings claims there was a time when he made an audience member laugh so hard that he puked. As disgusting as that is, it’s an endorsement that stuck with us. It helps, too, that Rawlings has appeared on Chappelle’s Show and Def Comedy Jam. So, if you’re looking to start the year with a bit of laughter (free ab toning!), check him out this week at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy between Jan. 14 and 18. Tickets range between $17.50 and $22, depending on the show date. Get tickets here.

When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian?
I was 22. My mom said she didn’t want to hear another joke until I made money doing it.

What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage?
When I made a guy throw up for three minutes because he was laughing so hard.

What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you?
The feeling you have when nobody is laughing.

Who is your comedic inspiration?
My mom. She always had a way of making some trying times in my life feel better with a sense of humor.

What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up?
That most of your career you’ll be broke!

What’s one item you never hit the road without?

What is your favorite city to perform in and why?
The city with the bigger check!

Describe yourself in three words:
Tried, tested, focused!

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
Watching “Chappelle’s Show” reruns with my family and friends!

What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix?
Stayed out of prison.