Comedian David A. Arnold dies at 54

Actor, author, showrunner and veteran humorist David A. Arnold died Wednesday, his household stated. He was 54.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold,” the comedian’s household wrote in a press release to the Instances. “David passed away peacefully today in his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss.”

The assertion didn’t specify a reason behind dying past “natural causes.”

Arnold had just lately launched his second Netflix comedy particular “It Ain’t For the Weak,” which was produced by Kevin Hart’s manufacturing firm Hartbeat. The July particular was filmed on the Hanna Theatre in Arnold’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Arnold was an enormous presence within the L.A. comedy scene, from his packed stand-up reveals to his appearances on Comedy Central and BET.

Arnold’s animated fashion of comedy typically centered on his household — his spouse Julie L. Harkness and his two daughters, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn. His spin on fatherhood was successful on the Giggle Manufacturing unit — together with his position as a former host at longstanding comedy present Chocolate Sundaes — in addition to the Improv and the Comedy Retailer.

His comedian genius wasn’t restricted to the stage. Arnold was the creator and showrunner for the hit Nickelodeon buddy comedy collection “That Girl Lay Lay,” starring teen hip-hop artist Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” Excessive and Gabrielle Nevaeh Inexperienced. He was additionally an govt producer of the collection alongside Will Packer (“Beast,” Ladies Journey”).

The present debuted in 2021 earlier than streaming on Netflix, the place it turned one of many 10 most-watched reveals on the platform. The second season premiered in July.

Arnold has written and produced TV reveals together with “Fuller House” on Netflix and “Bigger” on BET+. The comic of 20 years was one of many few black showrunners in Hollywood.

Many comics mourned as information of Arnold’s dying unfold by way of social media.

“Our closely knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it,” his good friend and fellow comic Chris Spencer instructed The Instances. “He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity.”

“I just found out about @DavidAArnold passing. I’m standing 25 feet away from where I last shared a laugh with him,” comic Eric Schwatz tweeted. “This is not fair. He was one of the best comedians today and an even better human. I’m crushed and now I have to go on stage and try to be funny. Love you, David.”

“He was a teacher,” comic Jeremy “Gumbo” Christian instructed The Instances. “Even though he had his TV writing career, worked with Kevin Hart, he still had major aspirations to be a stand-up comedian and make it on Netflix, and he finally did it in the last couple of years.”

“He used his time to give back to the community. He poured into me and inspired me to learn improv,” Christian stated, recalling that Arnold additionally taught courses on the Comedy Union, a now-closed membership identified for showcasing newcomer and veteran Black comedians.

“He was one of the first people to do my podcast and he always really inspired me,” comic Invoice Dawes stated. “We talked about how everything he manifested during the podcast came to light this year…. I truly admired him and ironically would always rib him about how hot and fit he looked now that he was famous. I just feel bad for his family, his wife and kids. What a great guy.”