Review: Donald Glover “Weirdo”
Before Donald Glover begins his stand-up special Weirdo, he warns his audience; telling them that his routine is going to be nothing like his role as Troy on NBC’s series Community. Giving the impression that dreaming about Lady Gaga playing a bass shaped like a tampon and comparing mean little children to Hitler wouldn’t be added to the primetime TV show’s script any time soon. One thing you can count on is Glover delivering a solid performance that pokes fun at childhood experiences and schizophrenic homeless people.
Weirdo first aired on Comedy Central on November 19 just four days after Glover released his first non-independent rap album Camp. He separates his music from his other endeavors using the moniker Childish Gambino, which he created with a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. After reading the lyrics he writes for his songs one can’t help but notice the humor involved in his rap career even though he doesn’t mix much into his stand-up.
Throughout his special Glover relates to his experience growing up in a home with many other children, most of them foster kids brought in by his parents. He relays story after story about how he’s lived his adolescence and exploits some of his funniest memories. From a story about a foster kid pooping in a display toilet at Home Depot to learning a new explicit word as a Trinidadian nanny scolds the child he’s babysitting. If kids weren’t hard enough for him to deal with already, he has to worry about homeless people surprising him with a punch across the face while he’s talking on his cell phone.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if they remade Shaft with one of the whitest people in Hollywood? Well Glover answers that question with an impression of Michael Cera if he were picked to fill Samuel L. Jackson’s spot. While that scenario has probably never crossed your mind, a more believable switch around could be Glover playing a black Spider-Man. He discussed how the idea randomly surfaced in 2010 after he wore the super heroes outfit on an episode of Community and how #donald4spiderman spread very fast on Twitter, even being recognized positively by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.
Weirdo relates to a wide range of people. Whether you’re a parent dealing with kids who act how Glover and his brother used to act or you’re a young adult reminiscing on a long lost childhood. He takes you on a path through an interesting perspective of how he lived with so many different children when he was younger. The stories are weaved together perfectly with present day blunders, changing trends, and plenty of “gross” and “weird” commentary placed into the set. It’s as if you get to sit down and listen to grandpa telling an amazing story, except Glover is only 28 and grandpa would never talk about condoms, rapists and accidentally dropping babies.