Feature Writer/Patron Saints Author
Donnes was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Jesuit High School (New Orleans). It was there, during morning announcements, that he developed his signature dry humor and easygoing ribbing manner. After attending Loyola University New Orleans and majoring in business, he had a brief but successful career in the stand-up circuit. He opened for Melissa Manchester, Crystal Gail, Sam Kinison, and Air Supply.
Post-stand-up, Donnes went on to develop the largest independent radio network in the NFL as a reporter for the New Orleans Saints. He later went on to found networks for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. This led to his resurrecting The National Lampoon Radio Hour with Tanner Colby. It included new material along with classic material from Christopher Guest, Richard Belzer, Gilda Radner and Harold Ramis. Richard Belzer also acted as host and executive producer.
In 2007, Donnes and Colby penned a script for National Lampoon that grew into Dirty Movie starring Christopher Meloni, Robert Klein and Mario Cantone. It will be released in early 2009. Donnes is a frequent collaborator with Jerry Daigle, Christopher Meloni, Adam Ferrara, Adam Sietz, Andrew Buchler, and Tanner Colby.
Donnes is the author of “Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans a Reason to Believe,” a book about the New Orleans Saints approach to the Super Bowl following Hurricane Katrina.