David Chappelle is one of those comedians who has never
had the spotlight. He has played mainly supporting roles
in movies like Half Baked and The Nutty Professor, along
with appearances on “The Howard Stern Show”
and “Crank Yankers.” Like his predecessor in
getting his own show, Cedric the Entertainer, he went down
the variety show path. Unlike Cedric, he is not playing
it safe at all. With the semi-safety of being on Comedy
Central, Chappelle can do many things that FOX would never
allow Cedric to do.
“Chappelle's Show” has a basic setup.
Chappelle comes out to a live audience and introduces (or
sometimes warns) them about the upcoming skit. In between,
he does a little stand-up, usually pertaining to the topic
of the skit. The skits are very risk-taking too. In what
could have been a huge water-cooler skit had this show been
on a bigger network involved Chappelle portraying a KKK
leader who has been blind from birth. His character has
no idea that he is black, but he is so important to the
cause that his associates don't tell him that fact.
It's not until he takes off his hood at a Klan rally
that he is outed. One could see this skit as distasteful
(especially with the liberal use of the n-word throughout
it), but it ends up being very funny because of the sheer
absurdity of it all.
That KKK skit was just in the first episode. Other memorable
skits in the first episode alone included: making fun of
that car commercial with that weird pop-locking white girl
that uses Dirty Vegas' “Days Gone By”
in it, a commercial for a 24-hour stenographer intended
to settle arguments, and more.
The second episode continued the hilarity. Its main skit
was about a crack addict trying to preach to a class about
the evils of drug abuse when clearly he hadn't gotten
over his own addiction.
The third episode contained even more great stuff. One
skit involved the “out takes” of the original
“Roots” mini-series. Another one involved a
parody of It's a Wonderful Life, but it had nothing
to do with Christmas. A woman wishes she had never been
born with large breasts, and Chappelle plays a “guardian
angel” that shows her how bad the world would be without
“Chappelle's Show” has a perfect home
with Comedy Central, the network that has taken risks with
shows like “South Park” and “That's
My Bush!” It is going to offend some people, but anyone
who would be offended by the show most likely isn't
ever watching Comedy Central (or shouldn't be.) If
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