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Dave Chappelle gave "his first in-depth interview in nearly a decade" to GQ this month, and in it he addresses his abrupt "Chappelle's Show" departure, TV binge-watching habits, impressive selfie collection and whatever the hell is going on with D'Angelo's answering machine, among other topics. Check out our full roundup below. 1. Despite all but turning his back on show business for almost ten years, he still clearly enjoys entertaining people. In addition to playing ten sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall over the summer, GQ interviewer Mark Anthony Green notes that the comedian is driven to put on a show even outside a performance context: "He's also toting around a small, very loud portable speaker that is connected to his phone. And once in a while he'll just press play for a few seconds. The sudden blaring of A Tribe Called Quest makes the guests at the Beverly Hills »
- Chris Eggertsen
Dave Chappelle made a name for himself with his short-lived, classic Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show," before disappearing for a while. Now, the comedian has re-emerged into the public consciousness after a string of successful shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and in his first interview in years, talks about what other challenges he'd like to tackle.
One of them? A return to television, though not for "Chappelle's Show 2.0." No, Chappelle told GQ, he'd rather try his hand at a host of different genres, popping up on popular series across the dial.
"For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can," Chappelle told the magazine. " ... I'd be a zombie in 'The Walking Dead.' A corpse on 'CSI.' I'd be the first black guy to f--k Olivia Pope on 'Scandal.'"
Chappelle added that he's a huge TV fan, »
- Katie Roberts
If you think being LeBron James' kid is all about living the good life ... you're wrong ... because when it comes to sports, they might have it harder than Anyone. It's called "I'm the S**t Syndrome" ... at least according to "Chappelle's Show" star Donnell Rawlings who says 'Bron is super concerned over whether his children will be able to compete on his level in the sports world. Essentially, Rawlings says LeBron is putting pressure »
- TMZ Staff
We all know that Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can combine to score points. But how good are they at scoring laughs together? The Los Angeles Clippers teammates' assortment of individual commercials for Kia and State Farm — as well as this sketch from the ESPYs — show some promise. Their comedic skills will be put to the next test tonight, though, when they team up for BGCP3 TV in HD, a two-part sketch comedy "special" that airs on Adult Swim tonight at 12:12 a.m. Et. (The second five-minute episode can be seen next Thursday night.) There are, of course, cautionary »
- Dan Snierson
Dear White People, which opens this weekend, is a movie that demands attention, and not just because of its provocative title. Writer/director Justin Simien, who started to work on the script in 2006, was able to make a movie that is both a compelling portrait of four unique black characters and a rich satire that fully captures the state of race and racism in post-Obama America. Vulture spoke with Simien about the evolution of the film, the honor and frustration of being compared to Spike Lee, Chappelle's Show, and how to fix the movie industry.Why this movie, now?It was one of three screenplays that I kept bouncing around. And I was having lunch with Lena Waithe [Dear White People producer], and we were talking about this script, 2 Percent, that I started writing in 2006 and kept coming back to. Something just clicked in me that it was obviously the »
- Jesse David Fox
If you haven't been watching "The Approval Matrix," allow us to suggest you do so immediately. Neal Brennan (co-creator of "Chappelle's Show") hosts the SundanceTV talk show and is joined each week by a rotating panel of celebs, writers, and fellow comedians to discuss all things pop culture, from highbrow to lowbrow and the brilliant to the despicable.
Topics range from a debate over if Beyonce is cooler than Jay Z to an in-depth discussion about binge-watching TV shows. And so far, Neal has welcomed funny guests like Amy Poehler, Judah Friedlander, and Jim Norton, just to name a few.
The season concludes this Monday, but you can find out where to watch on Moviefone's "The Approval Matrix" page and catch up on the latest full episodes Right Here.
The finale of "The Approval Matrix" airs Monday, September 15 at 11 p.m. Et/Pt on SundanceTV.
Photo courtesy of Jc Dhien »
- Moviefone Staff
Tonight at 11 p.m., The Approval Matrix — a panel show based on the famous New York magazine feature — premieres on the Sundance Channel, and at the helm is comedian Neal Brennan. Unlike many of his peers, hosting a TV show was never on his radar as a possibility. Brennan got his start in comedy in the early '90s not as a stand-up, but as the doorman of a New York comedy club. From there he went on to more and more writing success, co-created Chappelle's Show, directed a movie produced by Will Ferrell, and gained the respect of just about everyone involved in comedy. Over two decades later, Brennan is ready for the spotlight, so we had him walk Vulture's Jesse David Fox through his ten defining professional moments.1991: Doorman at the Boston Comedy ClubI was going to Nyu for film school, but I didn’t like film students. »
- Neal Brennan
This weekend, Megan Fox stars alongside your favorite talking amphibians in the Michael Bay reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Lars Von Trier's controversial double feature "Nymphomaniac" arrives August 7 on Netflix, Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week kicks off Sunday night, and Neal Brennan ("Chappelle's Show") brings "The Approval Matrix," inspired by New York magazine's iconic style guide, to SundanceTV on Monday at 11 p.m. Et.
Also in theaters this weekend: "The Hundred-Foot Journey" stars Helen Mirren as a chilly chef in the south of France who feuds with a new nearby restaurant until she takes a gifted young chef under her wing. "Into the Storm" spans a single day of an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes in one town and the storm chasers, thrill-seekers, and townspeople dealing with the wild experience. In "Step Up All In," all-stars from the previous installments battle it out in a Las Vegas competition »
- Jonny Black
Comedian Donnell Rawlings was popped for drunk driving early Friday morning after cops caught him driving the wrong way down an NYC street.Rawlings -- who has appeared on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" and "The Wire" -- was in midtown just before 4 Am. when he was snagged.He was taken into custody, booked and released. Rawlings reportedly blew more than twice the legal limit.If you're trying to remember who did a similar thing ... it was Nicole Richie, »
- TMZ Staff
Hosted by comedian Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle's Show), Sundance's The Approval Matrix talk show will roll out the first of its six episodes on August 11 at 11 p.m. Based on New York's famous back page matrix — which measures cultural events on a scale from highbrow to lowbrow and brilliant to despicable, and is generally the first thing each of you looks at when you read the magazine — The Approval Matrix will feature interviews (with celebrities including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart), sketches, and segments in which panelists discuss the pop culture of the day. But which panelists are going to be on The Approval Matrix, you ask? These panelists: Vulture's Julie Klausner Broad City's Hannibal Buress Two Broke Girls' Whitney Cummings The Today show's Willie Geist Chappelle's Show's Donnell Rawlings The Opie and Anthony Show's Jim Norton 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander Orange Is the »
- Vulture Editors
While reporting on the Shia Labeouf incident on Friday, Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz had his own celebrity encounter when a white hat–wearing Erykah Badu interrupted his standup by attempting to kiss him on the cheek. The mischievous Badu must have had some free time on Friday in between performing at Dave Chappelle's show, seeing Kara Walker's A Subtlety, and hanging out in Bed-Stuy at the 25th anniversary for Do the Right Thing. Even though Diaz's wife witnessed the whole thing, they both took it in stride once they realized that this was the fun kind of kooky celebrity encounter and not the violent kind. Watch the incident and read the Twitter postmortem: »
- E. Alex Jung
It's been more than a decade since Dave Chappelle's "Chappelle's Show" first aired on Comedy Central, but many still wonder why the show, which aired for two successful seasons, suddenly came to a close. Read More: Watch: Dave Chappelle Tells David Letterman How to Leave a TV Show In the following found-footage documentary "Dave Chappelle: The 50 Million Dollar Question," created by self-proclaimed amateur Brandon Farley, we get a detailed look at Chappelle's departure from "Chappelle's Show," which struck many at the time as sudden and bizarre. After all, the comedian had abruptly decided to walk away from success, influence and a deal that could have been worth 50 million dollars. What's so fascinating about the documentary, which was first put up and later taken down on YouTube last year, is that none of it is made with new footage: The film, which goes over two hours, was created with »
- Eric Eidelstein
It's been about ten years since Dave Chappelle's departure from Chappelle's Show, and there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding his decision. It's partly because many of the people trying to explain it weren't actually involved. That's where this amateur documentary comes in. It's made up entirely of found footage of interviews and clips featuring Chappelle and the show's co-creator, Neal Brennan. Running about two hours, it tells the story of Chappelle and Brennan's entire journey that led to creating Chapelle's Show and its eventual demise. The documentary was on YouTube about a year ago, but was taken down. It has resurfaced on Vimeo, perfectly timed for the current comeback Chappelle is mounting. »
- Jesse David Fox
He must have been watching the Today show! Kanye West made a surprise appearance at Dave Chappelle's Radio City Music Hall show in NYC on Friday, June 20. The show is Chappelle's first headlining event in over a decade. West—who's been friends with the comedian for several years—performed "New Slaves" and "Jesus Walks." The singer also jumped offstage into the crowd and rapped "Gold Digger." Chappelle, 40, famously ended his Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show in 2005. This week, he finally broke his silence about the abrupt [...] »
On Friday night, Kanye West did a surprise performance at the end of Dave Chappelle's second Radio City Music Hall show. He kicked it off with bits from "New Slaves" and "Jesus Walks" before going into the crowd to close it out with everyone's favorite mid-aughts dance party song, "Gold Digger." Everyone! Take out your cell phones so that the rest of us can live vicariously through your experience while having a major case of Fomo!First off, you can watch the entire performance here: They first met when Kanye performed on Chappelle's show back before he was famous. As Chappelle told Jimmy Fallon last week, Kanye was like "Muhammad Ali." Spike Lee was there: So was Naomi Campbell: All the normals were super excited: But back to the encore. Kanye kicked it off with the bridge from "New Slaves": Yeezus walks: The audience gets down with »
- E. Alex Jung
Dave Chappelle is coming clean!The comedian stopped by the "Late Show" on Tuesday, where he finally opening up about the abrupt ending of "Chappelle's Show," his hit Comedy Central series that he infamously walked away from in 2005. "Listen, here it is. Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work," Chappelle joked.After leaving the show, Chappelle took off to South Africa to get away from all the media scrutiny. "I was there for two weeks," he explained. "I mean, there's not too many good hiding places left in America."David Letterman then asked Dave about accepting, and then eventually turning down, the millions of dollars that the network offered him. "It's very hard to go through something like this because no one's really done it before. There's not too many people who don't think I'm crazy," Chappelle said. "I look at it like this: I'm at a restaurant with my wife, »
- tooFab Staff
Dave Chappelle sat down Tuesday night for an alternately hilarious and insightful interview on The Late Show With David Letterman, marking his first late-night appearance in six years (and his first on Letterman's show in a decade). There's a clear mutual respect between the two comedy legends, as the duo exchange friendly family banter and reflect on their comedy careers. But the most obvious talking point – Chappelle's infamous exodus from Chappelle's Show – dominates the conversation, with the host playfully grilling his guest about walking away from $50 million and a third season. »
At its height, Chappelle's Show became one of the hottest show on TV. It came at a time when Comedy Central's only hits were The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and South Park. Fans were saying "I'm Rick James, bitch!" and talking about Chappelle's brilliant sketches like the black Ku Klux Klan leader and "Moments in the Life of Lil' Jon. After the popularity of the first two seasons, Comedy Central offered Dave Chappelle $50 million for more seasons, but during work on season three, Chappelle left the show, production shut down, and the series ended. It was an abrupt end to a show that was embedding itself in the Zeitgeist. Questions have always surrounded his exit, and talking with David Letterman on The Late Show, Chappelle talked about why he left. "Technically, I never quit," says Chappelle. "I'm seven years late for work." Hit the jump for more. Discussing why he left Chappelle's Show, »
- Matt Goldberg
"I don't talk about it." Until now! Dave Chappelle is finally opening up about the abrupt ending of Chappelle's Show, his hit Comedy Central series that he infamously walked away from in 2005. The comedian stopped by Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night, where he opened up about leaving Chappelle's Show midway through its third season. "Listen, here it is. Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work," Chappelle joked. After walking away from the show, Chappelle took off to South Africa, something Letterman asked the reclusive comedian about. "I was there for two weeks," Chappelle clarified, before joking, "I mean, there's »
About ten years ago, Dave Chappelle decided to walk away from Chappelle's Show and the $50 million that went along with it. In the years since, Chappelle never really talked much about the decision, opting instead for a more quiet life out of the spotlight. Last night, looking to promote his upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall, Chappelle appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, and Letterman, being Letterman, asked very pointedly about it. You can watch the full interview below, but it boils down to this sentiment: "I felt a variety of ways over the last ten years. Whenever there is something that I'd like to have that I could've afforded that I can't now afford, well, then I'm upset about it. But then when I see a guy going to a job that's time-consuming and he doesn't have the free time to do things that I get »
- Jesse David Fox
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