David A. Arnold was a renowned American stand-up comedian, actor, sitcom writer, and producer who passed away on September 7, 2022, at the age of 54. He was best known for his Netflix comedy specials, his work on Nickelodeon’s That Girl Lay Lay, and his contributions to various shows created by Tyler Perry. According to Biography Daily, David A. Arnold’s estimated net worth was $4 million at the time of his death.
Early Life and Career
David A. Arnold was born on March 15, 1968, in Cleveland, Ohio. He started performing comedy in 1997 and soon gained recognition for his witty and hilarious style. He performed at the Canadian Montreal Comedy Festival, on Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza, The Tom Joyner Show, Baisden After Dark, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, ComicView, The Mo’Nique Show, Entourage, and Def Comedy Jam.
Writing and Producing Success
Arnold also had a successful career as a writer and producer for several comedy shows. He wrote episodes for Bigger, Meet the Browns, The Rickey Smiley Show, Raising Whitley, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and The Tony Rock Project. He also served as a writer and producer for the Netflix revival series Fuller House. In 2021, he created the Nickelodeon show That Girl Lay Lay and served as showrunner for the series. The show featured a young rapper who becomes famous overnight and moves to Los Angeles with her family. Arnold also appeared in several television series as an actor, such as Meet the Browns, A Series of Unfortunate People, and The Tony Rock Project.
Netflix Comedy Specials
Arnold had two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina and It Ain’t For The Weak. The first one was released in 2020 and featured Arnold’s hilarious observations on marriage, parenting, and life in general. The second one was released in July 2022 and was produced by Kevin Hart. It showcased Arnold’s comedic skills and charisma as he tackled topics such as racism, politics, and social media. Both specials received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and boosted Arnold’s popularity and net worth.
Personal Life and Death
Arnold was married to Julie L. Harkness, and the couple had two daughters, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn. He was of African-American ancestry. He died on September 7, 2022, at his home in Los Angeles due to natural causes. His family issued a statement confirming his death and asking for privacy and prayers. His fans and colleagues expressed their condolences and paid tribute to his legacy on social media. An episode of That Girl Lay Lay titled “Dylan and Rebecca’s Cleve-Land-Land Adventure” was dedicated to Arnold.