10 items from 2010
In its short run, it revelled in pushing anyone and everyone's buttons, but Dave Chappelle's sketch show was funny enough and clever enough to justify its shocks
Chappelle's Show was controversial from the start. The pilot episode alone, aired in the Us in January 2003, contained over 20 racial epithets, including the n-word. In that same episode, with no apparent irony, Dave Chappelle, the comedian who co-created and hosted the show, said: "I still haven't been cancelled yet – but I'm working on it." One year later, season one came out on DVD and became a bestseller.
Chappelle and co-writer Neal Brennan's sketch show clicked right away. One of their first skits featured a character called Clayton Bigsby: a blind white supremacist who doesn't know he's black. Clad in Kkk costume, he barks: "We're winning the war against al-Qaida, but we're losing the war against Al Sharpton!" Later, when he finds out he's black, »
As a fan of sketch comedy, it's always seemed strange to me that a channel called Comedy Central didn't produce more sketch shows. Sure, they've run old episodes of all the past greats but, asides from Chappelle's Show and Exit 57, there hasn't been much in the way of original sketch. That's certainly changed in the past year or so with last year's Important Things with Demetri Martin and the upcoming This Show Will Get You High. Mediaite was invited to check out the pilot of their latest, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, which premiered this week, and, while it wasn't perfect, it definitely shows promise. »
- Jon Bershad
Need a good laugh? JustPressPlay's got just the thing for you. We're giving 3 of our readers the chance to win Bill Burr's newest stand-up comedy DVD Let It Go.
Having first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season on "Chappelle's Show," Burr is a regular performer on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and was the first comedian to perform on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." His first hour special, "Why Do I Do This?" premiered on Comedy Central in the fall of 2008 to rave reviews and is now available on CD and DVD. Burr can be seen in the Steve Carell and Tina Fey feature film "Date Night," his "Monday Morning Podcast" has become a fan favorite and this fall he will tour theaters across the country with his new show "Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same."
To win Bill Burr's latest comedy DVD, »
- Lex Walker
Tune in alert for comedian Donnell Rawlings, who wants his audience to "take it in the face" with the premiere of his special, .From Ashy to Classy,. premiering on Comedy Central on Saturday, October, 23 at 11:00 p.m. Et/Pt. From his character "Ashy Larry" on "Chappelle's Show" to his role as host of "Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes," Rawlings is on fire with his no holds-barred irreverent humor. In his "From Ashy to Classy" special, taped at Nyu's Skirball Center in New York City, Rawlings shows that from Barack Obama to the King of Pop, nothing is off-limits. He also tackles subjects including racism in the Gummi Bear industry and how Tiger Woods is "tri-racial" and his Michael »
- April MacIntyre
Ice Cube began his career as a member of the seminal West coast rap group N.W.A. but quickly transformed himself into a movie star with roles in such films as Boyz N the Hood, Higher Learning, Three Kings and XXX: State of the Union. The actor is also an accomplished writer and producer and has built three of his hit films, Friday, Barbershop and Are We There Yet?, into successful franchises. Now Cube is beginning to make another transition in his career from that of leading man to supporting actor in the new film Lottery Ticket, which he also produced and opens in theaters on August 20th. In addition to Cube the film's cast features a mix of talented young actors, veteran actors and comedians including Bow Wow (Like Mike), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder), Naturi Naughton (Notorious), Charlie Murphy (Chappelle's Show), Keith David (They Live), Terry Crews (The Expendables »
It's official: Daniel Tosh has surpassed both of Comedy Central's heavy-hitter hosts, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, in ratings. The comedian's show, Tosh.0, drew the network's highest ratings on Wednesday since an episode of Chappelle's Show back in 2004. Tosh's program -- which is commonly described as a Talk Soup featuring Internet clips -- has been averaging 2.2 million viewers compared to Stewart's 2 million and Colbert's 1.4 million. Tosh.0 was recently renewed by the cable network for a third season. [THR]
Jay Leno foils the plans of thousands of travelers, Celebrity Rehab ejects a contestant, and more TV Bites after the jump. »
Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection
DVD, Best Medicine
As comedian Dave Chappelle has stated many times when talking about the perception that he ran away from the reported $55m he would have made from continuing his TV show, "I didn't run, I walked … like John Wayne, I walked." You can tell something was off in the three "lost episodes" from his final season: a sketch about being charged $11,000 for a haircut isn't going to get many going, "Ooh, that's so true, I hate it when that happens." The more money at stake, the less freedom Chappelle was given and his methods were hardly conventional to start with. For instance, he noticed Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie and member of Chappelle's writing staff, was cracking everyone up with his amazing, star-studded tales. So Chappelle decided to have him tell his tales on the show, resulting in some classic sketches like »
- Phelim O'Neill
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Vampiric tales have always been popular, possibly because the lore is so malleable there's room for many different takes; for instance, their aversion to sunlight only came about in 1922 with Nosferatu. The current trend leans more towards romance than horror, with lovesick vampires wanting nothing more than to settle down with a nice human. Lacking, for desperate want of a better word, bite. Daybreakers is a timely reminder that vampires can be scary too. Australian brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, who impressed with the zombie comedy Undead, push a meagre budget beyond expectations. Set in a well-realised and not-too-distant future, vampires now top the food chain following an infection spread by (of course) a rabid bat. Ethan Hawke, adding star power along with Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, plays a vampire blood researcher on the verge of nailing a blood substitute. When the few humans »
- Phelim O'Neill
Monday mornings are tough, even in the MTV Newsroom. With the weekend fresh in our minds, it's always difficult to clear away the cobwebs and get back into the groove of writing and reporting about the biggest stories in music, entertainment and pop culture. This morning was especially rough, as there are torrential downpours here at MTV News headquarters in New York. But luckily, we got a nice boost in the form of a visit from Lil Jon, who stopped by the office to talk about his forever-in-the-making album Crunk Rock and the latest version of his new energy drink.
Though Lil Jon managed to sneak into the Newsroom undetected, he couldn't remain anonymous for very long. He was being interviewed by Sway in our interview room, which is just off the Newsroom proper, and we kept hearing exclamations coming from that general direction. At first, we all thought somebody »
- Kyle Anderson
24 March 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The semi-scripted comedy/reality presentation, titled "Patrice Oneal's Guide to White People," will star Oneal as a professor of whiteness teaching a Whitey 101 class at an adult school that is designed for foreigners as well as Americans who want to learn "what white people are about and how to get along with them," Oneal said.
He said he got the initial idea after interjecting into a conversation between two white guys about guitar riffs. The men were stunned when Oneal's commented about how great he thought the riff in Eagles' "Hotel California" is.
"I thought it would be a great idea if we just did the show from that angle: I'm a guy who tries to learn about white folks," he said. To do that, in the reality portion of the show, Oneal will »
- By Nellie Andreeva
10 items from 2010
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