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Edwards in April 2007
|Born||July 30, 1970|
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Film, television, stand-up|
|Spouse||Tracy Walters; 2 daughters|
|Notable works and roles||Saturday Night Live|
Donkey on Scared Shrekless
Dean Edwards (born July 30, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, writer, musician and voice artist. His work as a voice actor includes Scottie Pippen and Spike Lee in Celebrity Deathmatch, a robot in Robotomy, and Donkey in Scared Shrekless after Eddie Murphy refused to reprise the role (Edwards had impersonated Murphy on stage). He also appeared in Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special as Savion Glover and Don Cheadle, in Tony N' Tina's Wedding as Father Mark, and The Sopranos.
Edwards has a YouTube channel, "deanedwardscomedy". He was also the host of the critically acclaimed TV show "Vidiots" on TVone.
Edwards is also a voice artist, having done voice work for Celebrity Deathmatch and Robotomy. He also did voice work for the audiobook version of Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
In the 2010 Halloween special Scared Shrekless, he provided the voice of Donkey after Eddie Murphy declined; as Donkey, Edwards impersonated Murphy's vocal characterisation. Soon, Edwards got replaced himself when Eddie Murphy returned to play Donkey in the 2010 Christmas special Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular.
Edwards was hired as a staff writer for Daily Comedy, a website where professional and amateur stand-up comedians post new jokes frequently.
Saturday Night Live
Edwards joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2001. He developed several impressions, including Michael Jackson, Wayne Brady, Chris Tucker, Don Cheadle, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Nipsey Russell, Grace Jones, Randy Jackson, Redman, Denzel Washington, and Billy Ocean. Despite his penchant for impressions, Edwards didn't get much screen time in his brief tenure on the show. He left after the show's 28th season (2003), citing creative differences.
In Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special, he did impressions of Savion Glover and Don Cheadle.
|2003||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special||Savion Glover / Don Cheadle|
|2003||Marci X||Audience Member|
|2004||Tony N' Tina's Wedding||Father Mark|
|2006||A New Wave||Rupert|
|2007||Universal Remote||Serious Black Man|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Newsstand Patron||Cameo|
|2010||April's Fools||Now Later|
|1996||Melrose Place||Process Server|
|1998||Celebrity Deathmatch||Scottie Pippen / Spike Lee||Voice only|
|2001–2003||Saturday Night Live||Various|
|2005||Weekends at the DL||Sweetmouth|
|2006||Where My Dogs At?||Various Celebrities|
|2010||Scared Shrekless||Donkey||Made for television|
Replacing Eddie Murphy
|2011||Thriller Night||Donkey||Short film|
Replacing Eddie Murphy
|2003||Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top||Himself|
|2007||Comedy Colosseum||Himself - Host|
|2007||P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy||Himself - Comedian||Also writer|
|2007||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Himself / Himself - Guest|
|2008||Clean Mic: Laughing Until It Hurts||Himself|
|2008||The Movie Preview Awards||Himself - Presenter|
|2008||Last Call with Carson Daly||Himself|
|2008||Comics Without Borders||Himself|
|2008||Comics Unleashed||Himself - Comedian|
|2009||Souled Out Comedy||Himself|
|2009||Black to the Future||Himself|