May 13, 2005 |
IT WAS ALMOST two weeks ago that Comedy Central announced Dave Chappelle had been absent from work and shut down production on the third season of "Chappelle's Show," due to start May 31. Fewer than five episodes, reports E!, had been completed. Rumors as to the cause of the work stoppage: After signing a $50-million contract, the pressure had gotten to Chappelle and he flipped; He was having "creative differences" with Comedy Central and is flexing his muscle by staying away; His party-happy lifestyle had taken a toll on him. The correct answer could be all of the above.
July 9, 2006 |
Through the magic of TV, Dave Chappelle will come back to Comedy Central tonight at 9, even though Dave Chappelle won't. The subversive-ish comedian, you may recall, walked out on his acclaimed sketch show, Chappelle's Show, last year after having made a handful of sketches for the show's third season. Smelling green now that Chappelle is bigger than ever, Comedy Central has patched the footage together to make three shows that it has been marketing vigorously as "the lost episodes.
April 11, 2003 |
"If I said everything I thought, it would just freak America out, man. You wouldn't want to hear a young black dude saying half the things I be thinking. The only way people would listen to stuff I think is if a pretty white girl sang my thoughts. " Now don't cringe and write angry letters to the paper - that quote is from comedian Dave Chappelle's new sketch-comedy romp Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central. And he followed it up with a white lady who sang, in operatic style no less, that crack was invented for the downfall of African Americans and that O.J. had something to do with the 2000 Florida election fiasco.
April 10, 2015 |
COULD Dave Chappelle be returning to TV? Comedyhype.com says yes - that Chappelle shot a new special for HBO this past week in Austin, Texas. His first HBO special, "Killing Them Softly," aired 15 years ago. Hey, one great special every 15 years is better than one crappy special every year. Of course, comedyhype.com could be wrong and Chappelle was just shooting his stand-up act for the hell of it. The low-key comedian was most recently in the news when he got heckled off the stage and hit with a banana peel in Connecticut.
January 20, 1998 |
Cheech and Chong's retirement from movies leaves a void that the doper comedy Half Baked fills with what you might call a joie de joint. Though by no means a good film, this diversion starring Saturday Night Live's Jim Breuer and comic Dave Chappelle (who wrote the script with Main Line native Neal Brennan) emanates Reefer Gladness. Anyone who has been around a pothead knows that marijuana reduces those who inhale to a woozy infantile state in which the sole ambition is the gratification of various appetites.
February 27, 2004 |
The Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show treats topics ranging from religion (mocking the Catholic Church's woes with a Jedi Knight sex scandal skit) to TV programs (spoofing TLC's Trading Spaces with Trading Spouses) with gut-wrenching humor. Now 12 episodes of the first season are available on DVD. Dave Chappelle, best known for films such as Half Baked and Undercover Brother, along with cowriter Neal Brennan, has touched a nerve with his racially charged bits and characters such as crack addict Tyrone Biggums.
September 10, 2013 |
Who's laughing now, Hartford? Camden is. A fair portion of comedian Dave Chappelle's triumphant show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday night was devoted to his infamous appearance last week in Hartford, where in the face of sustained, rowdy yelling from the audience, he walked off stage. But as he pointed out Friday in a bit about losing an argument with his wife, he's got "a creative outlet" as a performer. In other words, a guy who goes to work every night with a microphone will always get the last word.
March 3, 2006 |
Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all. Back in 2004, before Dave Chappelle got all twisted up in his own success, the comedian organized and hosted one perfect day - a rather impromptu rap party held on the asphalt of Brooklyn. It's music for the people, featuring Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, the Roots, Mos Def, and an onstage reunion of the Fugees. The entire ego-free affair is captured in this delightful documentary by French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
September 1, 2013 |
Our hearts have been shaken, quaken, shattered this week by two epochal Hollywood breakups: First Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones announced they are separating. Now news comes that Clint Eastwood and his second wife, Dina, have separated after 17 years. Anonymous Source tells Us Weekly the two have lived apart for more than a year. They have one daughter together, Morgan , 16; Eastwood has seven other kids. Chappelle walks off mid-joke Social media was in a tizzy Friday after news broke that Dave Chappelle walked off the stage at a Hartford, Conn., performance of the Funny or Die Presents the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.
July 9, 1998 |
"Matt loves his mother. He thinks his mother is the greatest woman in the world. " - Cameron Diaz, on why she loves (or is it hates?) beau Matt Dillon Sometimes - usually, in fact - a canceled TV show is also a bad TV show. But comedian Dave Chappelle sees something much more sinister in the end of his planned sitcom, "Dave Chappelle. " The Fox series, in development for next season, never saw the light of day, and Chappelle says it's because the Fox network wanted more white people on the show.