The comic started his profession as a part of renowned L.A. comedy group The Groundlings. He broke out along with his character on the comedy television show MADtv. His work crosses from playing and directing to composing and producing. He learned a work ethic from a young age when he earned employment as a paperboy. McDonald went to attend the University of Southern California and graduated with a diploma in operation. He accepted employment as a loan officer in a financial institution in La. Nevertheless, his career as a banker was cut short when a buddy took him to visit a show at L.A.’s famous Groundling Theater. The show altered McDonald’s life. He shortly after leave his job as a banker and registered in the Groundlings’ improv program.
The ambitious comic earned his first paid writing and playing occupation for the independent production business Concorde Pictures. McDonald was interested in most facets of amusement and ambitiously pursued acting, directing, writing and stand-up comedy. From the late 1990s McDonald started to get high profile guest spots on television shows like Seinfeld, Ellen, Just Shoot Me and News Radio.
McDonald’s career skyrocketed in 1998 when he joined the late night sketch comedy show MADtv. MADtv ran from 1995 through 2009 to the Fox network. He was also the sole cast member to earn tenure in his tenth season in the show. In 2007 he left the plan to pursue other acting opportunities and also to focus on his stand-up comedy. He’s also appeared in a few of movies, including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and 2013’s The Heat alongside Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.
McDonald looked to expand his abilities further by going behind the camera. He started work as a producer, director and writer on the Courteney Cox situation comedy Cougar Town. In addition to his work on Cougar Town, McDonald has additionally directed episodes of Scrubs, 7th Heaven and 2 Broke Girls. McDonald identifies his mentors as Kathy Griffin, a good buddy whose show he’s appeared on numerous times, and Bill Lawrence, the originator of Cougar Town.