December 24, 2013 |
To paraphrase soul's great orator, James Brown, it's time to get off Dave Chappelle's back and let him do the popcorn. He must be allowed to be the sly, rude, observational stand-up we knew him to be before Chappelle's Show , the mega-successful Comedy Central sketch series he ended in 2005 with an abruptness that gave him an unwarranted rep for erratic behavior. The guy didn't want to have a career ruled by catchphrases familiar to Show fanatics. What's weird about that? From the sight of a chain-smoking Chappelle at the Tower Theater on Saturday, the comic was as crudely on point with raunchy material (e.g.
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.
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.
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)