August 21, 2008 |
In May 2005, comic Dave Chappelle shocked fans by walking off the set of his popular TV series, Chappelle's Show, for no apparent reason. Chappelle, whose show turned racial stereotypes on their heads, later explained that he was performing a skit in blackface when he noticed a white crew member laughing in a way that made him uncomfortable. Chappelle thought the white guy had missed the satire and was laughing for the wrong reason. Some pundits dismissed the performer as paranoid.
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.
June 27, 2006 |
Make no mistake: J.K. Rowling can - and will - kill. Even maim and murder, if she feels like it. The unemployed-single-mother-turned-master-of-the-universe (her personal fortune is $1 billion) yesterday revealed that in the last Harry Potter novel, she will do in at least two of the characters. Rowling, 40, who wrote The Final Chapter long ago, said: "One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die. " (Didn't intend? Who's got authorial charge here?
April 14, 2006 |
Speaking to Esquire, Dave Chappelle gives a three-point explanation of why he walked away from a $50 mil deal with Comedy Central for his hilarious, subversive Chappelle's Show, though he admitted it was his best TV experience. "The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that's familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?" Some fans have said D.C.'s show was the one where the 32-year-old satirist finally felt free to express himself.
March 3, 2006 |
AS WE HEAD into Oscars weekend, all of Hollywood's naked ambition is in the spotlight. So it seems like a perfect time to see which celebrities put their nakedness to the best use in 2005, with the 7th Annual Mr. Skin's Anatomy Awards, announced yesterday by Sirius Satellite's Howard [Stern] 100 and at MrSkin.com. Finally, an awards presentation in which whatever you're wearing on the red carpet is too much. And the wowza winners are: Best See-through Top: Pam Anderson, "Comedy Central Roast of Pam Anderson" Best Full-frontal Scene: Alexis Dziena, "Broken Flowers" Best Buns: Jessica Alba, "Into the Blue" Best Nip-slip: Debra Messing, "The Wedding Date" Best Skinterracial Scene: Jennifer Esposito and Don Cheadle, "Crash" Best Bikini: Jessica Simpson, "The Dukes of Hazzard" Best Nude Scene: Anne Hathaway, "Havoc" Best Breasts: Carla Gugino, "Sin City" Biggest Jumbo Jacks: Cynthia Ettinger, "Carnivale," HBO Best Nude-comer: Juliette Marquis Best Over-50 Skin Scene: Jane Seymour, "Wedding Crashers" Best DVD: "The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Unrated Edition" Best Network TV Scene: Lake Bell, "Surface," NBC Best Skincest Scene: Polly Walker, "Rome," HBO Best Lesbian Scene: Juliette Marquis and Cheyenne Silver, "This Girl's Life," Showtime Best Bonus DVD Scene: P.J. Soles, "Stripes" Best FUR-frontal: Mia Kirshner, "The L Word," Showtime Best Cable TV Show: "Masters of Horror,"...
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)
March 2, 2006 |
This is how Dave Chappelle is coming back, back from eight months out of the public eye, back from being called crazy and a crack head, back from the infamy of being famous, back from turning down $50 million, son! This is how - with stand-up comedy, the world in which he feels most comfortable, winding up a nine-city tour with a cadre of fellow artists who shelter him like a security blanket. "This," he says, standing backstage Monday night at the Tower Theater, "is the perfect way to come back.
February 4, 2006 |
Embattled comedian Dave Chappelle sought understanding yesterday in the only court of appeals that matters: Oprah Winfrey's show. He wasn't met by the stern Oprah who took disgraced author James Frey to the woodshed last week. Chappelle got classic, compassionate Oprah, who provided balm to the fragile funnyman. Certainly, Chappelle had a lot of explaining to do. He had, after all, committed the most heinous transgression in our society: walking away from a big pile of money.
June 4, 2005 |
Dave Chappelle, who disappeared for a spiritual sojourn in the midst of taping for the new season of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show, is back performing. Variety says Chapelle played surprise stand-up sets at two Los Angeles comedy clubs on Wednesday, saying he just flew into the airport and felt like doing an act. (He didn't say whether his arms were tired.) Love's troubles Courtney Love is facing some money woes. The New York Post says managers of the rocker's Manhattan condo have filed a lien for $122,594 for common charges and fees they say she hasn't paid since July.
May 16, 2005 |
DAVE CHAPPELLE speaks: "I'm not crazy, I'm not smoking crack," he tells Time magazine. So why did you bolt your show and flee the country? "I'm definitely stressed out," said the comedian, who took off last month to South Africa for a "spiritual retreat," leaving his fans - and even his peeps - wondering where he went. "You hear so many voices jockeying for position in your mind that you want to make sure that you hear your own voice," he said. "So I figured, let me just cut myself off from everybody, take a minute and pull a Flintstone - stop a speeding car by using my bare feet as the brakes.