At long last, Dave Chappelle made his return to late night after six years on last night's Late Show, where he talked with Letterman about why he quit Chappelle's Show ("Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work"), how long he was actually in South Africa, and the difference between having $10 million and $50 million dollars.
Dave Chappelle's time on the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival tour has been eventful, but at least we're all getting some good stories out of it. The latest is his account of working with Kanye West back in 2004, when West made his first TV appearance on Chappelle's Show. According to Chapelle, West got a phone call while they were watching upcoming sketches from the show. "This is when I knew he was gonna be famous," Chappelle said. "He answers the phone, he goes, 'Hello. Huh? What? Uh uh, I can't. I can't. Cause, I'm at Dave Chappelle's show watching sketches that nobody's ever seen before.' And then he says, [...]
The NY Times' comedy critic Jason Zinoman has written a new e-book, called Searching for Dave Chappelle, that comes out today and dives deep into the comedian's life and the reasons behind his disappearance from the spotlight in 2005 with extensive reporting. At 54 pages, the book is available online for $2.99. In addition to the book, Zinoman has a NY Times piece out today about Chappelle's return to to the public eye for an upcoming high-profile 15-city tour for Funny or Die and what his new act looks like.
Check out the full book cover and a chapter listing below: