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Dave Chappelle

  • In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle's Show.
  • The show parodied many aspects of American culture including racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture. Along with comedy skits, the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists.
  • Chappelle's pointed social and political commentary quickly helped the show garner critical and commercial success as well as controversy.
  • Richard Pryor, one of Chappelle's comedic influences, was a fan of the show and stated that he had "passed the torch" to Chappelle. He received two Emmy nominations for the show.
  • Additionally, the DVD set became the best-selling DVD of a television show to date, overtaking the previous best-selling, The Simpsons first season DVD. It had sold over 3 million copies.
  • Due to the show's popularity, Comedy Central's parent company Viacom reportedly offered Chappelle a $55 million contract (giving Chappelle a share of DVD sales) to continue production of Chappelle's Show for two more years while allowing him to do side projects. Which he walked away from.
  • Chappelle had stated that sketches are not his favorite form of comedy, and that the characteristics of the show's format were somewhat like short films.

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911 Call
Beating Up Negroes
Chicken
Chips Drunk Driving
Ebonics Language Lesson
Fisticuffs and Turn My Headphones Up
In The Ghetto
N#####s vs Police
Racism Out In The Open
Retards Rap
T###y Bars
Terrorist
The Ghetto

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