It's not just a show -- it's a social phenomenon. Dave Chappelle's singular point of view is unleashed through a combination of stand-up bits and street-smart sketches. Hailed by critics and beloved by fans, Chappelle's Show brings the funk and the noise -- and some of the funniest comedy on television.
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David Khari Webber Chappelle (; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights, he landed supporting roles in box office hits including The Nutty Professor, Con Air, You've Got Mail, Blue Streak and Undercover Brother. His first lead role was in the 1998 comedy film Half Baked, which he co-wrote with Neal Brennan. Chappelle also starred in the ABC TV series Buddies. His comedy focuses on racism, relationship problems, social problems, politics, current events, and pop culture. In 2003, Chappelle became more widely known for his sketch comedy television series, Chappelle's Show, also co-written with Brennan, which ran until his retirement from the show two years later. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S. In 2016 he signed a 20 million dollar per release comedy special deal with Netflix, which has released four of his specials. By 2006, Chappelle was called the “comic genius of America” by Esquire and, in 2013, “the best” by a Billboard writer. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in their “50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time.” Chappelle was awarded an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live In 2017. He received a Grammy Award for his Netflix specials The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas.
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Chappelle has been praised by fellow comedians for his work. Katt Williams believes Chappelle to be the greatest stand-up comedian alive, while Kevin Hart considers Chappelle to be the greatest stand-up comedian of all time. In 2009, his show was the subject of a book of critical essays, The Comedy of Dave Chappelle, edited by University of Maryland doctoral student K. A. Wisniewski. His work, as well as that of Margaret Cho, was also the subject of a book by a Canadian dramaturg Elizabeth Ludwig, American Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy, that was published at the end of 2010. A monograph published by the University of Gothenburg titled Representations of Ethnicity in Stand-up comedy: A Study of the Comedy of Dave Chappelle examined the racial significance of language used in Chappelle's routines. Chappelle's abrupt departure from his show in 2005 continues to be a focus of interviews and profiles of Chappelle and of Chappelle's own comedy. In Bird Revelation, Chappelle draws an analogy between his departure and the book Pimp, the memoir of Iceberg Slim. One interpretation of this analogy is that Chappelle was placed in the position of a pawn serving entertainment executives to deliver irresponsible racial humor to white audiences, and the executives manipulated him into staying at Chappelle's Show through contractual maneuvers and deception. The comparison to prostitution here perhaps serves as an indication of Chappelle's desire to gain more control and autonomy over his comedy and delivering his perspective on race. In April 2013, Charlie Sheen appeared on Conan O'Brien's talk show and claimed that in 2011 he had laughed so hard while watching a Chappelle's Show episode that he experienced a ruptured hernia, and was rushed to a hospital. In August 2013, Chappelle's impersonation of Prince from Chappelle's Show was selected by the singer as the cover art for his single “Breakfast Can Wait”.
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