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Dean Edwards
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Edwards in April 2007
Born (1970-07-30) July 30, 1970 (age 53)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1990–present
Genres Comedy, sketch comedy
Spouse Tracy Walters
Children 3
Notable works and roles Saturday Night Live
Donkey on Scared Shrekless

Dean Edwards (born July 30, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, writer and musician. His work as a voice actor includes Scottie Pippen and Spike Lee in Celebrity Deathmatch, a robot in Robotomy, and Donkey in Scared Shrekless after Eddie Murphy was unable to reprise the role (Edwards had impersonated Murphy on stage). He also appeared in Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special as Savion Glover and Don Cheadle, in Tony N' Tina's Wedding as Father Mark, and The Sopranos.

Edwards has a YouTube channel, "deanedwardscomedy". He was also the host of the critically acclaimed TV show "Vidiots" on TVone.


Stand-up comedy

Edwards developed a reputation for working clean and taught classes in stand-up comedy technique.

Voiceover work

Edwards is also a voice artist, having done voice work for Celebrity Deathmatch and Robotomy. He also did voice work for the audiobook version of Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

In the 2010 Halloween special Scared Shrekless, he provided the voice of Donkey after Eddie Murphy declined; as Donkey, Edwards impersonated Murphy's vocal characterisation. Soon, Edwards got replaced himself when Eddie Murphy returned to play Donkey in the 2010 Christmas special Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular.

Writing career

Edwards was hired as a staff writer for Daily Comedy, a website where professional and amateur stand-up comedians would post new jokes frequently.


Edwards has also appeared in commercials for Snickers and Ford.

Saturday Night Live

Edwards joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2001. He developed several impressions, including Michael Jackson, Wayne Brady, Chris Tucker, Don Cheadle, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Nipsey Russell, Grace Jones, Randy Jackson, Redman, Denzel Washington, and Billy Ocean. Despite his penchant for impressions, Edwards didn't get much screen time in his brief tenure on the show. He left after the show's 28th season (2003), citing creative differences.

In Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special, he did impressions of Savion Glover and Don Cheadle.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special Savion Glover / Don Cheadle
2003 Marci X Audience Member
2004 Tony N' Tina's Wedding Father Mark
2006 A New Wave Rupert
2007 Universal Remote Serious Black Man
2007 Spider-Man 3 Newsstand Patron Cameo
2008 Goyband Ty
2010 April's Fools Now Later
2020 Write It Black Morris 'Punchline' Blackmon



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Melrose Place Process Server
1998 Celebrity Deathmatch Scottie Pippen / Spike Lee Voice only
2001–2003 Saturday Night Live Various
2004 The Sopranos Charles
2005 Weekends at the DL Sweetmouth
2006 Where My Dogs At? Various Celebrities
2010 Robotomy Robot Voice only
2010 Scared Shrekless Donkey Made for television
Voice only
Replacing Eddie Murphy
2011 Thriller Night Donkey Short film
Voice only
Replacing Eddie Murphy

As himself

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top Himself
2007 Comedy Colosseum Himself - Host
2007 P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy Himself - Comedian Also writer
2007 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself / Himself - Guest
2008 Clean Mic: Laughing Until It Hurts Himself
2008 The Movie Preview Awards Himself - Presenter
2008 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself
2008 Comics Without Borders Himself
2008 Comics Unleashed Himself - Comedian
2009 Souled Out Comedy Himself
2009 Black to the Future Himself
2020 Funny You Should Ask Himself - Panelist

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Dean Edwards para niños

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