Posts tagged as dave chappelle

A Very Controversial Year in Comedy

It's been a big year for comedy and an even bigger year for controversy. Heroes have fallen, debates have ignited and feet have been inserted firmly into mouths. Social media once again played a major role in spreading truth, lies and everything in between. These are the stories that raised our blood pressure, ruined our dinners and kept us hitting refresh.

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.


Dave Chappelle Talks with Letterman About Quitting 'Chappelle's Show'

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.

Kanye West Loved Hanging Out With Dave Chapelle

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, [...]

This Week in Comedy: The Dave Chappelle Incident and David Letterman's 20th Anniversary

-Dave Chappelle walked off stage after dealing with a bad audience during a stop on the Funny or Die tour in Hartford, Connecticut.

-David Letterman celebrated his 20th anniversary on CBS's The Late Show, and his first-ever guest, Bill Murray, stopped by for another amazing appearance on the show. We picked the best moments from Letterman's 20 years on The Late Show, one from every year.

-Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been invited to host the Golden Globes again.

Here's a list of the best videos from sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, who were recently hired by SNL.

-Mitch Hurwitz says he wants to make the Arrested Development movie next, then [...]

'GQ' Highlights Dave Chappelle as One of 2014's "Men of the Year"

"I have to say that comedians by and large are some of the most sensitive people on earth. Even if they're socially callous. If you sat at the back of a comedy club and just heard the way we banter, you wouldn't know that these were sensitive people, 'cause it's such an open-air market of ideas. The other night, I was talking about Robin Williams with Bob Goldthwait, and people kept coming up to me saying, 'Hey, Dave! Man, thanks for coming. We loved the show, it was so good to see you, blah blah blah.' Real nice things. And I go, 'That's very kind of you. Thank you.' And [...]

Dave Chappelle: "I'm Just Making Enough Money to Disappear Again"

"Another person screamed out 'Bring back Chappelle's Show,' to which Dave replied, 'Yeah, right after I make Half Baked 2. That when you'll know I'm really broke.' Later, when the topic of returning to standup came up, he joked, 'I'm just making enough money to disappear again. That shit's expensive!'"

from Rolling Stone's review of Dave Chappelle's first performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York last night.

Dave Chappelle Is Making His First Late Night Appearance in Over Six Years Tonight

Comedian Dave Chappelle has been dipping in and out of the spotlight ever since his abrupt exit from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005. He's only done two late night appearances since then (in 2006 and 2008 on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien), but he's set to return to the late night world tonight with an appearance on Letterman, his first time on late night TV in over six years. He's also doing The Tonight Show on Friday, with both appearances being in promotion of his string of shows at Radio City Music Hall next week. These shows will be his first announced NYC performances in over a [...]

Dave Chappelle on Hartford: "That Crowd Was Evil"

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he called his standup set short and left the stage after dealing with an unruly crowd in Hartford, Connecticut, and here's an audio-only clip of Chappelle explaining what happened to an audience in Chicago Saturday night during a recent stop on Funny or Die's Oddball Fest tour, which he's headlining. The tour has been going smoothly since the Hartford incident. Here's what he had to say on the matter in Chicago:

Listen, I know you guys read in the paper that I took a nasty spill the other night, but I swear to God it wasn't my fault and I [...]

Dave Chappelle Was Heckled and Walked Offstage Last Night in Hartford, CT

Dave Chappelle is only a week into a 13-city tour called The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival that he's co-headlining with Flight of the Conchords for Funny or Die, but he's already running into trouble. Last night during a stop in Hartford, Connecticut, Chappelle reportedly stopped his act after 10 minutes because the audience was being too rowdy and shouting stuff out at him. Fans in the audience were reportedly yelling Chappelle's Show quotes like "I'm Rick James!" at Chappelle right off the bat, causing him to have trouble getting his act out. When he asked them to stop shouting, the people in the crowd refused to calm down. Chappelle then sat [...]

Watch Dave Chappelle Do a Four-Hour Standup Set in 2009

NYC comedy club Comic Strip Live has been posting a ton of vintage standup clips lately (see Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, and Jerry Seinfeld), and today they added a new clip that's a gold mine for Dave Chappelle fans — nearly four full hours of him doing standup and riffing with the audience back in 2009. That's right — four continuous hours of Chappelle standup. Hopefully you didn't have Friday night plans.

Dave Chappelle Talks About His Online Imposters on 'Tonight Show'

Dave Chappelle was a guest on Friday's Tonight Show and told a great story about attempting to become friends with his Facebook impostor and the time the fake Dave Chappelle Twitter account went from funny to evil. Click through to watch another clip from the interview, when Chappelle tells Fallon about the moment he knew Kanye would be famous.

How 'SNL' Addressed Race in Season 39, as Shown in 11 Sketches

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the show's shifting tone on race over the arc of this season.

This has not been an easy year for SNL to talk about race. From the moment the show announced its six new cast members — the largest turnover in more than a decade — and viewers noticed that not one of them was a person of color, SNL once again became a target of progressive viewers calling for the cast to [...]

Dave Chappelle's Shows Since Connecticut Have Been Going Great

Last Thursday, Dave Chappelle made headlines when he cut his set short in Hartford, Connecticut, walking off stage early after several members of the audience rudely screamed out Chappelle's Show lines at the top of his show and refused to calm down. Since then, all of Chappelle's tour shows over the weekend have been received well and without incident. The comedian is currently headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival tour, which has taken him to Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Detroit since the Hartford incident.

The tour has been taking extra precautions since Hartford, like banning cell phone use and posting signs that read "texting, tweeting, heckling, [...]