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Catch Up on 'The Approval Matrix' Before Its Season Finale

12 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Neal Brennan’s 10 Defining Moments on His Path From Comedy-Club Doorman to Approval Matrix Host

11 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'The Approval Matrix,' 'Shark Week,' & More (Video)

7 August 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Chappelle's Show Star Arrested for Wrong Way Drunk Driving

11 July 2014 6:29 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

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

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Sundance’s Approval Matrix TV Show Will Premiere August 11; Feature Appearances by Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart

1 July 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Erykah Badu Tried to Kiss a New York Reporter on Live TV

29 June 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Watch: Learn Why 'Chappelle's Show' Ended in Found Footage Documentary

25 June 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Video: Dave Chappelle: In His Own Words

23 June 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Kanye West Makes Surprise Appearance at Dave Chappelle's Radio City Music Hall Show in NYC

21 June 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

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 [...] »

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See Kanye West Close Out Dave Chappelle’s Show With a Surprise Performance

21 June 2014 9:25 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Dave Chappelle Finally Breaks Silence on End of "Chappelle's Show"

11 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

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

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Dave Chappelle: 'I Never Quit – I'm Seven Years Late for Work'

11 June 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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. »

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Dave Chappelle Talks about His Abrupt Exit from Chappelle’S Show

11 June 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Dave Chappelle Finally Breaks Silence on End of Chappelle's Show: "Technically I Never Quit!"

11 June 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"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 »

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Dave Chappelle Talks Leaving His Show on Letterman

11 June 2014 5:55 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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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Dave Chappelle on 'Letterman': 'I never quit' 'Chappelle's Show'

10 June 2014 7:53 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nearly a decade later, people still seem baffled by Dave Chappelle's decision to exit his hit Comedy Central sketch series "Chappelle's Show" in the middle of its third season - mostly because no one can fathom walking away from millions of dollars. And even though he previously went in-depth with Oprah Winfrey about his departure back in 2006, on tonight's "Late Show" he'll be broaching the subject once again with host David Letterman. So what does he have to say for himself, again? "Technically, I never quit," says Chappelle in a clip from tonight's show. "I'm seven years late for work." Replies Letterman: "Boy, are you gonna be in trouble when you go back." Check out the brief clip above, and catch the full interview tonight. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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5 Times 'Chappelle's Show' Accurately (and Grimly) Predicted the Future

27 May 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

5 Times 'Chappelle's Show' Accurately (and Grimly) Predicted the Future Clayton Bigsby reincarnated as a Jewish anti-Semite, and more. by Liam Mathews Chappelle's Show is my favorite show of all time for many reasons. One reason is that if you search "darkness" on Urban Dictionary, this is the first result. Another reason is the incredible prescience of the show's social commentary. A number of jokes that Chappelle's Show made 10 years ago have disturbingly come true. Today's news of an anti-Semitic Hungarian politician who found out his grandmother is an Auschwitz survivor is a very similar story to Chappelle's immortal black white supremacist sketch. In each story, a hate-fueled man is forced to confront his prejudices when it is revealed he is the person he hates, except one is brutal comedy and the other is painfully real. This is not the first time [...] »

- Liam Mathews

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Paul Mooney -- Hurls N-Word at Audience Member ... During Arsenio Taping

6 May 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Legendary comic Paul Mooney got downright racial during a taping of the Arsenio Hall show Monday night ...  spitting the N-bomb at an audience member in a performance that's being hailed as "the most embarrassing, disrespectful standup bombing ever."Mooney -- who famously appeared on "Chappelle's Show" and wrote for Richard Pryor -- was booked to do a short standup bit on Arsenio ... but rambled on for more than 14 minutes in a bizarre routine that touched »

- TMZ Staff

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The sharks on the business of ABC's 'Shark Tank'

30 April 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York (AP) — Perhaps the title overstates the case. The tycoons of the ABC reality series "Shark Tank" wouldn't feed on your leg. They're not even out to eat the lunch of budding entrepreneurs who come before them in the Shark Tank (actually a stage at Los Angeles' Sony Studios, where the Sharks convene two or three times a year for mammoth taping sessions). They're just after a healthy serving of any future feast. So each Shark must decide whether to invest his or her own cash and expertise in a given opportunity, whether it's a kiddie train ride at the mall, boneless baby-back ribs, or a pot of boiling water that can charge a cellphone. Maybe they try to outbid one another. Often they argue over whether the deal is a winner or a bust. The show, now in its fifth season, airs Fridays at 9 p.m. Edt. This week at 8 p. »

- Frazier Moore (AP)

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The Bittersweet Legacy of Dave Chappelle’s ‘I’m Rick James, Bitch’

11 February 2014 1:45 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On February 11, 2004, the fourth episode of the second season of Chappelle's Show aired. The series had built a great deal of buzz with its 12-episode first season and had some classic sketches over the second season's first three episodes — including "The Racial Draft" and "The Niggar Family" — but nothing compared to what happened that night: The Rick James installment of "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" debuted. Besides being an incredible, hilarious sketch that is able to tell a complete story with both pathos and dense punch line concentration, it instantly became a phenomenon. Very early in the days of social media — Facebook was weeks old — people shared the sketch any way they could, whether it was through MySpace, Aim away messages, or just shouting "I'm Rick James, bitch" so often that people had to go home and see what they were talking about. For »

- Jesse David Fox

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