Childish Gambino 48

Hey, You’re Cool! Donald Glover

Words by Nichelle Dailey

“Community” kicked off its fifth season on NBC this week (Thursday at 8 p.m. EST), and though Donald Glover’s Troy will take on a diminished role, we’re still hyped to return to Greendale. In case Glover’s Because the Internet has you jonesing for more from the comedian/rapper, we revisit Issue 48’s Hey, You’re Cool! with the one and only.

My recurring nightmare of having 5 million channels and nothing to watch has finally come true. The internet odyssey of YouTube has been destroyed by girls with no morals and guys who think they’re funny. But I guess that’s life. And Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” television specials make life and the Internet both seem scary as hell. But “Bro Rape,” the amazing mockery of “Predator” by the New York-based sketch comedy group DERRICK, somehow manages to spin everyday dudes and loneliness into hope for the world wide web. These guys are so normal, their collective humor is as unexpected as a blind date taser attack. Twenty three-year-old, Atlanta native Donald Glover and three of his best college homies from NYU formed DERRICK just two years ago. A former intern at Upright Citizens Brigade, Glover’s since made the other small screen a lot brighter, having recently been hired as a staff writer for “30 Rock.” With more than 11 million combined hits to his crew’s internet sketches, Glover is quickly experiencing how the public simply wants sex, lies and videotapes. And as the web continuously overflows with self aggrandizing filler, Glover and his boys are handling their video streaming duties like veteran comedic champs. Nightmares are for kids, anyway.

Do people recognize you on the street and scream ‘Bro Rape’?

That’s exactly what happens, people scream, “Bro Rape!” And when you’re walking down the street with your mom and it’s a Sunday, it’s pretty weird. We were making videos, then YouTube got big and people started paying attention to us, so it kind of came out of nowhere.

How did you get the “30 Rock” gig? 

I, um, well I slept with Tina Fey [Laughs]. I guess it was a lot of being ready. It’s not like I was awesome and I was ready to do it, I was definitely not ready. I got an e-mail from David Meyer who’s now our manager and executive producer. I think maybe Amy Poehler had thrown my name out there. I interviewed and I got the job. It was pretty much just word of mouth, like, ‘This dude’s young and doing stuff.’ I was very lucky. I don’t deserve this. [This article] Shouldn’t be “Hey, You’re Cool!” It should be, “Hey, You’re Lucky!”

So what are you working on for the future?

“30 Rock” keeps me busy, but I’m writing a movie about my experience in high school and college about being basically the only black kid in a group of white kids.

Do people think you’re Danny Glover’s son?

All the fucking time, and I want to say yes ’cause Danny Glover’s this cool guy and then he has this son doing videos called “Bro Rape.” It’s like, take that dad! Every now and then I’ll get, ‘Are you Savion Glover’s son? Did he take you to Sesame Street when you were young?’ Maybe we are related somewhere down the line. I mean, I want to be, they could help me pay off my student loans.


Latest News

kanye west News

Kanye West is Producing Albums For Every G.O.O.D. Music Artist

Yeezy Season has returned
mike sits on his rooftop in the god's with me music video Music Video

A Higher Power Watches Over MIKE in New “God’s With Me” Video

Church in these streets
body-cameras News

Study: Police Body Cameras Have Problems, But Are Still Necessary

Some things never change
chance the rapper dwayne wade News

Chance the Rapper and Dwayne Wade Are Co-Producing a Film on Chicago Basketball

And you say Chi City!
Evidence Music Video

Evidence and Jason Goldwatch Show You Their Los Angeles in “Jim Dean” Video

"Walkin' in the rain off the Jim Beam / Dreams broken on the boulevard, Jim Dean"

Read This in Auto-Tune: T-Pain’s New Album, ‘Oblivion,’ is Here

Still snappin'
seven1 Music

PREMIERE: SeVen1 ‘Sinners Remorse’ EP

"These shorties is f*cked up / They kill but can't hustle"
moneybagg yo youngboy never broke again Music

Youngboy NBA and Moneybagg Yo Team for Conceptual ‘Fed Baby’s’ Album

Against the law
Willie Music Video

PREMIERE: Willie The Kid x V Don “Blue Notes” Video

"The love kept me afloat, the hate kept me on my toes"
plane News

Pilots Have a New Hobby — Drawing Dicks in the Sky

Excuse me as I f*ck the sky
CoteKid Reviews

Check Out SpaceJam Bo’s Exciting New Mixtape ‘Cote Kid’

Montgomery's finest
cyhi the prynce Video

Off The Record: CyHi the Prynce on Kanye West’s “FourFiveSeconds”

“I thought [Kanye] was gonna get Bruce Springsteen on it or something.”
jay-z News

JAY-Z Advocates for Meek Mill, Ties Case to Larger Cause in New York Times Op-Ed

"Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine"
6ix9ine-trippie Features

A Brief History of the Trippie Redd and Tekashi 6ix9ine Beef

It was all good just a few months ago
Yujia Hu Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Sushi Master Yujia Hu

"I think of sushi as another form of art"
smokepurpp lil peep Music

New Lil Peep Song with Smokepurpp Surfaces Just Hours After His Death

"Think I’ma die no joke, take a couple Xans with the coke”