R. O’Donnell is a professional playwright, journalist, actor, and stand-up comedian. He has worked and lived in and Chicago where he has written for the stage and television. O’Donnell wrote the award-winning Off- musical comedy One & One, Radio City Music Hall‘s A Manhattan Showboat, and co-founded the New Age Vaudeville theatre company, the New Variety cabaret, and the Black Pearl Cabaret. He executive produced the comedy/variety TV show R. Rated which aired on .
R. O’Donnell has written for such national publications as Entertainment Weekly and Stop Smiling as well as serving as Editor-at-Large for the latter, and for cultural ezine Static Multimedia. He has a blog entitled The Kreep, which is, according to Robert K. Elder of the Chicago Tribune, “…a Gothic poet and illustrator in the tradition of Edward Gorey.”