18 items from 2013
If awkward TV is what you like to watch, then "The Trisha Goddard Show" is for you. Host Trisha Goddard welcomed white supremacist Craig Cobb to her show for an interesting little experiment. He submitted to a DNA test to discover his true heritage and the results were surprising, to him at least. While Cobb is 86% European, the test revealed he was also 14% Sub-Saharan African.
When Cobb hears the news he gets an uneasy smile on his face, before describing the results as "statistical noise." "Sweetheart, you've got a little black in you," Goddard jokes to him while another guest on the panel can't contain her laughter. Trisha tries to get a fist bump out of the man, but he leaves her hanging. At least he takes it better than Clayton Bigsby did on that "Chappelle's Show" sketch, "Black White Supremacist."
The results haven't deterred Cobb from his plan of »
Key & Peele, the funniest show on TV right now, carries on the legacy of both Chappelle's Show and Monty Python. Keegan-Michael Key (the tall one) and Jordan Peele (the short one), both biracial veterans of Mad TV, are writers, executive producers and performers who take obvious delight in throwing themselves into a spectacular array of characters: gangsters, teachers, nerds, frat brothers and French revolutionaries. Rolling Stone recently sat down with the comedy auteurs – genial but intensely focused – in the Hollywood recording studio where they were overdubbing dialogue for their third season. »
You might have seen comedian Bill Burr on Breaking Bad, playing Saul Goodman's redheaded henchman, Kuby. Or during one of his regular appearances on Letterman, Conan and Fallon. But to really get a sense of what Burr's about, you have to see him live – raging about everything from overfed children to racism – during one of his near-endless string of big-venue dates. "I'm an unbelievably flawed human being," says the 45-year-old stand-up. Or, as he put it in a classic bit, "Like, I went to this place and I'm ordering food. »
Returning for Season 3, Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" arrives back on the scene with the knowledge that, in its two prior seasons, the sketch show has engendered itself quite a bit of esteem and goodwill. In its third season premiere, which aired Wednesday (Sept. 18), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele roared back to life, reminding fans why this show holds the distinction as a possible successor to the late, great "Chappelle's Show."
A lot's happened since "Key & Peele" last left the air, and in the premiere episode, the boys wasted no time commenting on the insanity that's gone on in the world since they've been gone. Some of that left certain sketches feeling a little stale (no matter how funny that "Les Miserables" spoof was, it's safe to say that the movie has long been removed from the public consciousness), but it wasn't a total loss. That cold open sketch with »
Dave Chappelle's got proof that Kanye West's ego (a trait often referred to as "healthy confidence" in other, non-Grammy-winning humans) was very much intact in late 2003, before Kanye even had an album out. At the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival in Illinois a couple weeks ago, Chappelle shared a tale illuminating this new bit of Yeezus lore. Hanging out before a Chappelle's Show taping the week The Black Album came out, 'Ye and Dave had a listening session ("Jay Z says on the record, 'Kanyeezy, you's a genius. You did it again,' and Kanye stopped the tape and pressed rewind"), Kanye performed with Common, and then Kanye and Chappelle headed to the editing room to preview some never-before-seen sketches. "We was all cracking up and then in the middle of it all, Kanye's phone rings," Chappelle said. "This is when I knew he was gonna be famous. »
- Zach Dionne
Way back in 2005, Comedy Central had a tiger by the tail in comic Dave Chappelle, whose sketch humor was a ratings monster and appealed to all, not just black audiences, but everyone. Truth be told, "Chappelle's Show" was successful in great part to the comedic genius of Paul Mooney, who is rarely lauded for his contributions to this short lived series. Mooney is acerbic and bright, wickedly funny and says what he means. He also works hard, which is something Dave Chappelle, by all appearances, is loathe to do. So, things were great in Chappelle land, but low and behold, before season 3 of his hit television show was to begin, Chappelle walked away from $50 million on »
- April Neale
Last night at the Hartford stop of the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, after being confronted with a group of loud people in the front who were half overenthusiastic and half heckling, Dave Chappelle stopped his set after only a few jokes, sat down on a stool, and did basically nothing until, after 10 minutes, he walked offstage. To get more context about the event, we spoke over e-mail with New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman, who recently released the e-book Searching for Dave Chappelle. To write the book, he spent half a year following Chappelle and spoke with scores of his friends and colleagues to try to understand why Chappelle left Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005 in the middle of producing its third season, and the behavior of the press-averse comedian since then. We talked about why he thinks Chappelle did what he did last night, whether »
- Jesse David Fox
If Prince’s new tweeting reality is any indication, the Purple One has entered the comically self-aware portion of his career. Last week he kicked off his Twitter stint with a “selfie” picture of some mysterious smoke, and over the weekend he posted a snippet of a sultry new single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” and linked to the video by tweeting simply, “Game: Blouses.” That’s a Chappelle's Show reference, for anyone not in the know, and the single’s artwork spells that out with an image featuring not Prince, but Chappelle dressed as Prince, complete with a plate of »
Who says Prince doesn't have a sense of humor? His royal badness has been tweeting up a storm since launching his own Twitter account on August 13. The biggest news thus far came Friday (August 16) when the singer posted a tease for his new song, "Breakfast Can Wait," along with some interesting cover art.
The cover features Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince from an infamous "Chappelle's SHow" sketch that spends quite a bit of time mocking the singer. Of course, since the song is called "Breakfast Can Wait," Chappelle's Prince is holding a plate of pancakes.
Showing he's in on the joke, or at least pretending to be, Prince tweeted the image with the message, "Game: Blouses," a line Chappelle's portrayal of the singer used during a game of basketball.
Check out a small clip of "Breakfast Can Wait" below:
Prince has a pretty illustrious career, having defined genres, inspired millions, charted new paths in gender identity and blurred the lines of human sexuality, but it's safe to say nothing the Purple One has done is quite as amazing as the cover art he released for his new song.
The visual for "Breakfast Can Wait" is literally an image of Dave Chappelle playing Prince in a sketch from "The Chappelle Show." Take a look:
Game: Blouses http://t.co/3jShq2r9Ci http://t.co/3oEI8kQsKB http://t.co/G0uLp2mbJk pic.twitter.com/dNwDPifP8j
— Prince 3Rdeyegirl (@3rdeyegirl) August 16, 2013
Here's a preview for the song, followed by the infamous sketch from which the still is taken. We know it's Monday, but we're pretty sure peak awesome has already been achieved.
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- The Huffington Post
Continuing that surprising self-awareness we’ve been privy to via a new Twitter account this week, Prince released a photo of his upcoming album cover late Friday night that brilliantly features Dave Chappelle dressed as the Purple One. Also via @3rdeyegirl's simple "Game: Blouses" tweet, we have the video snippet below of Breakfast Can Wait's first single — a title with which Walt Jr. would no doubt disagree but that we can’t help but love. If you need a reminder of the elusive comedian’s amazing rendition of the Artist Formerly Known As during Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, it’s right here (go ahead and watch it twice since you'll be laughing so hard the first time). And seriously, if Charlie Murphy appears anywhere near this album, we’ll happily die and go to wherever Rick James is right now. »
- Delia Paunescu
This week is the last chance to watch all six episodes of Jane Campion's acclaimed New Zealand thriller on iPlayer. Book a day off work to binge-watch, or someone will give away the end in the office kitchen. Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss is sublime as a detective who investigates a pregnant 12-year-old's disappearance. We'll have to call her Top Of The Lake's Elizabeth Moss from now on.
With his output stretching from studies of death row inmates to a film of himself eating his own shoe, predicting what Werner Herzog is likely to do next is an impossible task. His latest effort is a film outlining the dangers of texting while driving. Funded by Us phone network At&T, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Issy Sampson
Even Lord Voldemort would cringe at this story.
But we can all relate, right? You know, that thing where you're a big fan of something, so you join a web forum to chat with other fans, then you get the webmaster's face tattooed on your thigh, then you write a bondage themed short story about you and the webmaster, then the webmaster bans you, then you threaten her life multiple times, then the FBI issues a warrant for your arrest...
Alleged New Zealand cyber-stalker Jessica Elizabeth Parker had better cancel any plans to visit America.
The FBI has issued a warrant for the "Harry Potter" super-fan from Down Under thanks to a series of extraordinarily creepy death threats. Parker went all interwebs crazy after The Leaky Cauldron "webmistress" Melissa Anelli banned her due to her (alleged) creepiness. According to The New Zealand Herald (thank you Uproxx for writing about this »
- Ryan J Downey
We have some good news, and we have some bad news. The good news: Dave Chappelle's arms are still jacked as ****. The bad news: he still hasn't brought back "Chappelle's Show."Dude's got great taste in clothes though -- he was out shopping at Barney's in Beverly Hills over the weekend.Now bring back "Chappelle's Show." Read more »
- TMZ Staff
One of the great tragedies of TV history is the fact that Dave Chappelle didn't seem to appreciate the fame and fortune that came with his famous Comedy Central series, Chappelle's Show. After quitting, the actor notoriously dropped out of the public eye, and headed to Africa for some R and R. Since then, Chappelle [...]
Dave Chappelle Resurfaces to Headline a Comedy Tour »
This week's comedy news
Can't get to Edinburgh? Kilkenny just that bit too far away? Never fear. The cable channel Comedy Central is teaming up with Twitter to launch the first 140-character comedy festival. The festival will commence on 29 April and run for five days, featuring a host of comedy names tweeting jokes and posting six second videos using Twitter's new video app Vine. Next Monday, Twitter will stream the only live #ComedyFest event, a panel discussion featuring Mel Brooks and Judd Apatow. The New York Times has more on the story, including the lowdown on a new app Comedy Central is developing to help users discover their favourite new comedians.
Back in the world of real festivals, veteran Anglo-American standup Rich Hall has won the Barry award at the Melbourne comedy festival, »
- Brian Logan
The singer, songwriter and BBC 6 Music DJ on her televisual habits
I've been catching up on Andrew Marr's History Of The World. I'm reading the book at the same time. It's superb. It makes you look at the world in a totally different way. But the kids have recorded Crufts on top of it, so I'm missing an episode!
Ken Burns's Jazz. It's a classic if you're a music lover. It gives you such a good in point. Some fantastic figures. Billie Holiday. Miles Davis. Art Tatum. Anything by Tony Palmer. He did All You Need Is Love about popular music. He does documentaries on just about anything.
Old films, usually. Sunset Boulevard, what a weird film! It starts with the dead man in a pool, and moves on to this silent film star who has just lost it. She lives in a gilded palace with no friends. »
- Gwilym Mumford
Could Dave Chappelle be preparing for a return to the spotlight?
Since his infamous departure from the mega-hit Comedy Central sketch series, "Chappelle's Show," the stand-up comedian and actor has only made a handful of TV and film appearances. Occasionally he has performed stand-up comedy on the road, to varying results.
But signs seem to point to Chappelle's interest in reclaiming his throne as one of comedy's most innovative minds. In late February he performed a string of drop-in performances at New York's The Comedy Cellar, most notably with Chris Rock, where he seemed open to the idea of returning to comedy and perhaps even going on tour with Rock.
Audiences have sometimes sighted Chappelle at the Cellar over the last year or so working on material that was often hit or miss. But audiences in attendance to these recent shows can attest that he appeared to be comedically rejuvenated. »
- The Huffington Post
18 items from 2013
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