David A. Arnold, a comic and showrunner identified for his standup work and as creator and showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “That Woman Lay Lay,” died unexpectedly on Wednesday. He was 54.
“It’s with nice disappointment that we affirm the premature passing of our husband, father, brother and pal, David A. Arnold,” Arnold’s household mentioned in a press release. “David handed away peacefully as we speak in his dwelling and docs have dominated the reason for dying on account of pure causes. Please preserve our household in prayer and respect our privateness right now as we’re all shocked and devastated by this loss.”
Arnold’s dying got here as a shock to trade insiders. He was affiliated with Kevin Hart, who produced Arnold’s second Netflix standup particular, “It Ain’t for the Weak,” which debuted in July. The particular revolves round routines specializing in Arnold’s household life in addition to marital spats and entitled children. It adopted his Netflix standup debut in 2019 with “Fats Ballerina.” Arnold was featured as a part of the Netflix Is a Joke comedy competition in late April and early Might.
Comic Chris Spencer, an in depth pal of Arnold, mentioned the comedy group “mourns the lack of one of many biggest to ever do it.” Spencer added that Arnold, a local of Cleveland, was “admired by his friends, revered by different veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He’ll me deeply missed, particularly by his comedy fraternity.”
Arnold was additionally the creator, showrunner and govt producer of Nickelodeon’s live-action comedy “That Woman Lay Lay,” about an avatar that involves life to assist a teenage woman and her buddies navigate their lives.
The sequence, produced by way of Will Packer Media, premiered in September 2021 and was renewed for Season 2 in January.
Arnold was within the midst of the “Tempo Ya Self” standup tour. He was scheduled to play standup dates in New Brunswick, N.J. later this month in addition to in Atlanta and Nashville in early October.
Arnold’s different credit embody writing episodes of TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Present,” BET’s “The Actual Husbands of Hollywood” and Tyler Perry TBS comedies “Meet the Browns” and “Tyler Perry’s Home of Payne.” He additionally current penned installments of BET+’s “Greater” and Netflix’s “Fuller Home.”
Arnold’s survivors embody his spouse Julie and daughters Anna Grace and Ashlyn Elizabeth.