Comedian David A. Arnold, best known for headlining two Netflix comedy specials, died at the age of 54 on Wednesday. The stand-up comedian, who was the showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay” and a producer on the reboot of “Fuller House,” died at home “of natural causes,” his family said.
He had only done three shows of his four-month “Pace Ya Self” comedy tour across the country. His family told the LA Times, “It is with great sadness that we let you know that our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold, passed away too soon.”
“David died peacefully at home today, and doctors say his death was caused by natural causes.” “Please pray for our family and give us space right now, as we are all shocked and saddened by this loss,” the statement said.
Arnold told Jalen Rose, who writes a weekly column for The Post, about his successful comedy career and how he bombed at his first open mic night. This was just one week before Arnold died. But after a long time in the Navy, D.L. Hughley gave him the courage to try again.
He told Rose, “The next thing you know, I was a comedian.” “Then I realized, ‘You’ve got to bomb. You got to take it in the face and still want to do it.”
After putting his name on the map, Arnold secured two Netflix stand-up specials, his first being in 2019, titled “David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina.” Kevin Hart made his second Netflix special, “It Ain’t For The Weak,” which came out in July of this year. Arnold is also known for making the hit Nickelodeon show “That Girl Lay Lay” and being in charge of it. He also worked on “Fuller House,” “Meet the Browns,” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” as a writer and producer.
His wife, Julie Harkness, and their two daughters, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn, will continue without him. Arnold posted his comedy sketch clip on Instagram just hours before he died too soon.
“I’ll never forget the day my oldest chose between my wife and me to send to the nursing home,” he wrote as the caption for the photo.
After hearing about his death, celebrities and fans alike paid tribute to the comedian on social media.
“Devastated to hear of the passing of David A. Arnold. He was a beloved member of our Fuller House writing team, one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen & an all-around wonderful man,” tweeted Bryan Behar, a TV writer and producer.
Devastated to hear of the passing of David A. Arnold. He was a beloved member of our Fuller House writing team, one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen & an all-around wonderful man. David was finally experiencing the fruits of decades of work. May his memory be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/VThLwjxrkS
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) September 8, 2022
“David was finally experiencing the fruits of decades of work. May his memory be a blessing.”
Stand-up comedian Matt Rife tweeted, “Wow…. God damn…. RIP David Arnold.”
Wow…. God damn…. RIP David Arnold 😔
— Matt Rife (@mattrife) September 8, 2022
“One of Cleveland’s finest has left the stage and way too soon. 54 is too young. #RIP @DavidAArnold This does not feel real,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted.
“And Just Like That” star Bobby Lee tweeted, “I’ve known you for 20 years. An amazing human and comic. Heartbroken @DavidAArnold.”
I’ve known you for 20 years. An amazing human and comic. Heartbroken @DavidAArnold
— Bobby Lee (@bobbyleelive) September 8, 2022
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.