David A. Arnold

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David A. Arnold
Arnold in 2021
Born(1968-03-15)March 15, 1968
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 7, 2022(2022-09-07) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
MediumComedy, television
Years active1997–2022
GenresStand-up comedy
Julie L. Harkness
(m. 2003)

David A. Arnold (March 15, 1968 – September 7, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian, sitcom writer, producer, and actor.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Arnold began performing in 1997.[1] He performed at the Canadian Montreal Comedy Festival, on Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza (Comedy Central) with Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer, The Tom Joyner Show, Baisden After Dark, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, ComicView (BET), The Mo'Nique Show (BET), Entourage (HBO) and Def Comedy Jam.[2]

Screenwriter and actor[edit]

Arnold served as writer and producer for the Netflix revival series Fuller House.[3] He wrote episodes of several comedy shows, including Bigger (BET+),[3] Meet the Browns (TBS),[4] The Rickey Smiley Show (TV One),[5] Raising Whitley (OWN),[6] Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS),[7] and The Tony Rock Project (MyNetworkTV).[8]

In 2021, Arnold created the Nickelodeon show That Girl Lay Lay and served as showrunner for the series.[3] He appeared in several television series including Meet the Browns,[4] A Series of Unfortunate People[9] and The Tony Rock Project.[8]

Arnold had two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina[10] and It Ain't For The Weak (July 2022).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Arnold was married to Julie L. Harkness; the couple had two daughters, Anna-Grace (2005) and Ashlyn (2007).[11] He was of African-American ancestry.[3]


Arnold died on September 7, 2022, at the age of 54, while at home due to natural causes.[11]

An episode of That Girl Lay Lay titled "Dylan and Rebecca's Cleve-Land-Land Adventure" was dedicated to Arnold.


  1. ^ Kurt Wallace (April 27, 2007). "Comedian under investigation by TSA for bad check to Pizza Hut in '95". Rare. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "IMDB Biography of David A. Arnold". IMDb. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Jackson, Nate (September 7, 2022). "Comedian David A. Arnold dies at 54". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "IMDB Credits Meet the Browns". IMDb. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "IMDB Credits The Rick Smiley show". IMDb. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "WME Clients". Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "IMDB House of Pain". IMDb. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "IMDB The Tony Rock Project". IMDb. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "IMDB Credits A Series of Unfortunate People". IMDb. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina". Netflix. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Haring, Bruce (September 7, 2022). "David A. Arnold Dies: Netflix Comic, Writer, And Nickelodeon Showrunner Was 54". Deadline. Retrieved September 8, 2022.

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