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11 items from 2011

Dave Chappelle -- Heavily Armed in the Bahamas

28 December 2011 12:47 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Still showing no sign of bringing back "Chappelle's Show," comic god Dave Chappelle flaunted his shockingly ripped physique at an ice cream shop in the Bahamas today ... where he's vacationing with his wife and kids.Takes us back to the glory days of "Half Baked" ... motherf**ker said ice cream b!!!! Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Remembering Patrice O’Neal, Watching His Web Series

1 December 2011 10:47 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Larger than life comedian Patrice O’Neal passed away this week on November 29 due to complications from a stroke he suffered a month before. The news was delivered by the hosts of the Opie and Anthony radio program, who are now planning a weekend-long tribute to honor and say goodbye to their 41-year-old friend who died at far too young of an age. A number of other remembrances are planned (like a posthumous comedy album) or have already aired (like Marc Maron’s touching tribute on his Wtf podcast), but nothing quite tops remembering Patrice by watching clips of what he did best, delivering his special kind of conversational and confrontational comedy. Videos from O’Neal’s stand-up special Elephant in the Room are a good place to start. And watching episodes of O’Neals original web series, The Patrice O’Neal Show Coming Soon! is a good place to end up. »

- Joshua Cohen

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Funnyman O'Neal Dead At 41

29 November 2011 11:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedian Patrice O'Neal has died after suffering a stroke last month.

The 41 year old funnyman was a regular at TV and comedy roasts and performed at the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen in September.

He often appeared on the Opie and Anthony radio show and also featured on TV shows like Chappelle's Show and The Office.

Announcing the sad news via Twitter.com, radio personality Gregg 'Opie' Hughes tweeted, "It's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known Period."

O'Neal passed away on Monday night. »

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Dave Chappelle speaks! Comedian discusses 'reverse Kramer' in his first interview since '06

15 August 2011 6:10 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Dave Chappelle broke a long period of silence in the media to talk to a San Francisco radio station about leaving television, his recent non-performance in Florida and more.

It was the first interview he's done since 2006, shortly after he walked away from "Chappelle's Show" and a fat contract with Comedy Central. He's kept a pretty low profile since then, performing stand-up here and there. He was one of the headliners at a comedy concert Saturday (Aug. 13) sponsored by Wild 94.9-fm in San Francisco and chatted with the station's morning show on Friday. You can see the first part of the interview up above.

The primary topic was what happened when he played a charity gig at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel/Casino in July. Chappelle says he was heckled almost from the moment he took the stage. "I don't know what happened," he says, laughing. "... Someone said I melted down, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Dave Chappelle bombs at a stand-up performance in Miami

25 July 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Dave Chappelle's absence from the world of show business has been acutely felt by his fans these last few years. Since he ended Chappelle's Show way back in 2006, the comedian has been shying away from the spotlight, claiming creative burnout and disillusionment with Hollywood and his place in it. Now, any hopes of a brilliant return to form, however, may have been dashed this weekend by Chappelle's surprising bomb at a stand-up performance in Miami.  Just a month after an impromptu appearance in New York, Chappelle was booked to perform an hour-long set at a recent Miami charity event. Something obviously went wrong, as reports of the event paint a distracted Chappelle whose performance consisted of silent stares at the audience broken only by his frequent checking of text messages. According to a Twitter post by CNN reporter Roland S. Martin, who was in attendance: This [...] »

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Dave Chappelle's Stand-Up Falls Flat at Miami Charity Event

23 July 2011 9:18 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Don't call it a comeback…just yet. Just a month after Dave Chappelle popped up in New York to give a crowd-rousing impromptu performance, the former Chappelle's Show star hit the stage at a Miami charity event to entertain guests with an hour-long comedy act. But, while he stirred up rumors of a new project in the works with the success of his Big Apple stint…how did the funnyman fare in Miami Friday night? Let's just say it wasn't so great. "This Dave Chappelle set is bizarre," CNN reporter Roland S. Martin tweeted Friday night while at former NBA star Alonzo Mourning's Zo's Summer Groove fundraiser. "He's spent more time going back & »

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Is Dave Chappelle Plotting a Comeback With a New Show?

23 June 2011 12:32 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Once in a while, we comedy lovers get a good, solid Dave Chappelle sighting. He comes out of hiding to do some standup and then disappears again into the ether. But now the hilarious comic—who fell off the radar (on his terms) in 2005 when he abruptly quit Chappelle's Show—seems to be prepping for a comeback and has reared his head in New York. No word yet on if it's a show or a comedy special, but he's taking to stand-up stages and practicing for something. See where he showed up last night... The audience downtown at the Comedy Cellar last night waiting for a lineup that included Nick Griffin, Sherrod Small and Dave Attell, were shocked when Chappelle »

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Dave Chappelle denies he's working on a new show

16 June 2011 2:38 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Dave Chappelle won't be back on television -- or a television-like media experience -- anytime in the immediate future.

Chappelle's rep tells EW that a report he was developing a new series for a streaming content provider is "absolutely untrue." That initial story comes from The Daily, which quotes a "plugged-in insider" as saying "Dave Chappelle's going back to TV. It's not for a network. It's for Netflix or Crackle or some other subscription service."

Chappelle has made references to a "comeback" in his stand-up comedy recently, but according to EW he hasn't been working on any sort of TV show since his sudden departure from "Chappelle's Show" in 2005. We'd like to see him back -- at least in a stand-up special -- but fortunately "Chappelle's Show" aired in the Internet age and there's video everywhere if we need a fix.

Here's one of our favorite sketches (somewhat Nsfw, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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A Fond Farewell to Oprah

25 May 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

After 25 years on network television, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs its final show today. Oprah's talk show has been a staple of daytime television for the entirety of its run and helped the nascent talk show format become the behemoth that it is today. Over the course of it's time on television, Oprah has become a one-named wonder and one of the most powerful (and richest) women in America. She is leaving the show after launching her own television network, Own, and is truly bravely going out on top.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show," which is pretty much always called just "Oprah," has featured tens of thousands of guests and touched countless viewers' lives here and abroad. Oprah's combination of complete enthusiasm, ability to listen, and openness about her own struggles made her seem like America's best friend. Her struggle with her weight was a frequent topic for conversation:

Over the years, »

- Melissa Locker

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'Scream 4' Reviews, Death Of The Flip Camera And 'Family Guy' Romance In Today's Twitter-Wood

13 April 2011 10:22 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

by Travis Helwig

With the premiere of "Scream 4" only two days away, fans are already snatching up tickets. Moviegoers are buzzing about the horror film's place in the franchise. Will it live up to the "Scream" legacy? Lucky for us, a few celebrities got a sneak peek and they're tweeting all about it.

Meanwhile, love is in the tweets for "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlene, who was propositioned online by a household name. He plays it cool and responds with the only surefire way to win a girl’s heart: A Star Trek reference.

I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 13th, 2011.

"Scream 4" Pt 1: @50Cent: Scream 4 is crazy its real good you all have to go see it.

-50 Cent, Hip Hop Artist/Actor ("Get Rich or Die Trying")

"Scream 4" Pt 2: @nealbrennan: Based on the age of the cast of "Scream 4," I »

- MTV Movies Team

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Hip-hop weirdos Odd Future set to produce Adult Swim pilot

14 March 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

After an insane, garden-gnome-filled performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last month, the slacker-rappers of Odd Future plan to accost your television set yet again. This time with their own series for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block of programming. The hip-hop collective is currently producing a pilot, which the band's management describes as "a mixture of Jackass and Chappelle's Show." Anyone remotely familiar either the youthful California group's in-your-face beats or Adult Swim's Adhd aesthetic knows this is a match made in stoner heaven. We can only imagine Tyler, the Creator getting kicked in the balls while spouting out ridiculous rhymes. If only we could set our DVRs for shows that don't quite exist [...] »

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