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David A. Arnold, Standup Comedian and Creator Dies at 54

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Arnold appeared in two Netflix specials, the most recent of which was 'It Ain't for the Weak,' which debuted in July of this year.

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Arnold, a veteran of stand-up, worked in comedy clubs for more than 20 years prior to his late-career breakout, building a devoted online following for his amusing perspectives on parenthood and family life.

For Netflix, Arnold starred in two comedy specials, 2020’s Fat Ballerina and It Ain’t for the Weak which premiered on July 19.

Arnold, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 15, 1968, attended Beachwood High School. He started his stand-up career at age 18 after watching Eddie Murphy's Delirious special, with his debut performance taking place at Cleveland's Hilarities 4th Street Theatre.

“I picked up my cellphone and I started posting videos and little comedic rants, stand-up that I did 15 years ago that nobody saw. I started putting it on the phone one minute at a time, and I started posting videos with my wife and my kids."

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"I started to rant about what it’s like to raise teenage daughters with a wife that’s always in your goddamn ear, and the next thing you know, this shit took off. And I went from zero followers to over a million on all these platforms,”

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David cited Eddie Murphy, Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jim Gaffigan as his greatest influences. But, through relatable storytelling and lessons from his upbringing, household, and family, he found his own voice. While it's a crowd pleaser, it didn't always go over well with his family.