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Yes, we're all cynical about this "new" season of Chappelle's Show. I
understand that, against Dave's wishes, Comedy Central is airing the
scraps of material that he had shot before his exodus. Are such actions
dishonorable on the part of Comedy Central? That's for you to decide.
Politics, business, and preconceived notions aside, this new episode is
I'll admit it: I found it very strange that Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings were hosting the show. Their presence, although unsettling at first, became acceptable and even welcome by the show's conclusion. If the hosting torch had to be passed to anyone, I'm glad it was them. Hosting aside, the show was spot-on.
The genius of Chappelle's Show is that Dave's comedic style on the show has evolved as Dave Chappelle the man has evolved as a person. Dave does not pretend that he is still a "street" comedian. On this new episode, he accepts the fact that he is now a celebrity. He has accepted it, and he's ready to move on. By acknowledging his celebrity status - nay, celebrating it - he has voided any discomfort on the part of the viewer. We're on the same page with him, ready to progress forward.
For me the highlight of the show had to have been the "Revenge" segment. With each successive person he crossed off the list, the revenge he exacted became more and more extreme until it reached a bloody climax with the murder of a former, wheelchair bound comedy club owner.
Equally funny was the Tupac segment. Not only did Chappelle make the observation that the music industry has picked Tupac's legacy apart by scrounging up his old recordings and inserting them into new, pre-fab songs, but he's also making a tongue-in-cheek statement that maybe Tupac isn't dead. All of which done in the unique, laid-back style of Chappelle. I also found it quite ironic that the segment would be about a corporate entity cannibalizing the material of an artist who is no longer producing material, when essentially Comedy Central is doing the same thing to Dave Chappelle.
Overall, I'd say these "new" episodes maintain most of the magic of the original two seasons. Knowing that Dave didn't want them to be aired, however, takes some of the excitement out of the experience.
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First of all, the last reviewer is a little confused. These are not
sketches that were cut from the last two seasons. These sketches were
recorded for the third season, but Chapelle left before that season was
complete. With one exception (which isn't in this episode), Chapelle
believed that these sketches were good.
This new "season" is introduced by two actors from the other seasons. Their commentary between the sketches is mostly pointless, but the sketches are mostly hilarious. The first sketch, about people taking advantage of Dave for his money, is alright, but not hilarious.
The second sketch, which is just a minute or so, is funny but somewhat obscure. It's a reference to Wu-Tang's first album, when they talk sarcastically about torture methods. Anyone familiar with the album will chuckle at this piece.
The next two sketches really make the show. The first is about Dave seeking revenge on everyone who has wronged him. I won't give the methods he uses away, but they are incredibly cruel, unexpected, and funny. This part reminded me of South Park's "Scott Tenorman Must Die" episode.
The last sketch references all the "new" Tupac songs that come out. In the sketch, Tupac mentions things he could not possibly have known about. Dave's imitation of Tupac's voice and style is dead-on. This was my favorite sketch of the night.
It's true that Comedy Central is stretching these eps a little thin in order to fill four of them. Other than that, this episode is as good as the ones in seasons one and two.
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This show has a bit of talent lurking under the surface. Chappelle
looked great in his game, Rawlings was hilarious as a host, and Murphy
was terrific. Neal was barely present, though he was there at times and
funny as ever. But something was missing. The show was no longer
current and the sketches no longer inspiring, at all.
The show starts off with the band saying I don't think he's coming. Then Murphy gives thanks to Chappelle for giving him a career. And then Rawlings steals the stage. Then, unfortunately, the sketches start. David has money, and people are supposedly robbing him. Well, we're not rich, thus we can't relate. And also, its simply stupid, and not in a satirical way unlike Chappelle's former dumbest moments having a little bite (Note: Nat King Cole). The IRS shooting his bodyguard is an act of shock and desperation, but it wouldn't be the last.
Chuck Taylor has so much whiteface on, he doesn't look funny anymore. The sketch with Tron saying that he was beaten by a hip hop guy wasn't funny and seemed incomplete. Then the revenge sketch. Not funny. Shocking viewing, but still predictable. Like the previous sketches, there was absolutely nothing fresh here.
There was a funny interlude though: Rawlings being told by Neal that Chappelle's in Africa. This saved the score from being a 1. And the last sketch in the club with Tupac is what gave this review a 3 over a 2, it was the only other part that made me laugh. So cheers to everyone for trying. But that's all you'll get is a bunch of funny comedians out of ideas who are trying too hard with this latest batch of Chappelle's Show.
And Neal's right: You won't find the reason Dave left in the sketches. But you'll find the reason Dave won't want them aired.
I thought seasons one and two of "Chappelle's Show" were very funny.
Some skits weren't as good as others, of course, but most of the
material was funnier than any modern "Saturday Night Live" episode.
After Chappelle left, I admired his reasoning - he was smart enough to avoid what a lot of other performers fell victim to: over-exposure. Comedy Central ate up Chappelle's Show after it broke records on DVD (highest-selling TV show DVD ever), and the exposure was beginning to become too much.
So with Dave refusing to reappear for another season, Comedy Central dug into their vaults for skits Dave HADN'T used on previous episodes. Then they hyped up these episodes more than anything I've ever seen before - I've even seen ads for the "Lost Episodes" here on IMDb! Sitting down tonight to watch the first of the "lost" (i.e. "stuff Dave didn't like") episodes, I knew it wouldn't be very good since Dave hadn't approved of the skits (hence why they were originally canned), but I didn't expect it to be quite as bad as it was. To be fair, I laughed at the revenge joke involving the man in the wheelchair getting thrown down the stairs (as cruel as it was) - but the rest was pretty lame. And what was with the commercials? The show was on less than a minute before they had another three-minute commercial break. It's obvious Comedy Central is milking it, fifteen minutes of the episode had passed before they had even aired the third skit of the show! I wasn't expecting much but I still found myself disappointed. They really milked this for all its worth and if Dave doesn't come back for a fourth season (and it doesn't look like he will), then it seems Comedy Central has decided to end "Chappelle's Show" on a low note.
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