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June 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Dave Chappelle has managed to remain a man of mystery ever since the end of his much-loved Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show" in 2005. But after inspiring rumors of a return to stand-up following a series of appearances in March, the comedian is making it official. He's headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour the U.S. this fall. Sharing the bill with Chappelle are the New Zealand music duo Flight of the Conchords, "Daily Show" correspondent Al Madrigal, Demitri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney.
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November 5, 2013 | Lorraine Ali
He helped get rap on MTV, hip-hop fashions into Macy's and multiracial stand-up comedy into a series on HBO. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons has spent decades pushing the marginalized into the mainstream, and Saturday he'll be honored in a ceremony at USC by the Muslim Public Affairs Council for his support of Muslim artists (Mos Def, Dave Chappelle among them). The recent L.A. transplant spoke with Pop & Hiss about comedy, Kanye and yoga. What's happening with your YouTube channel, All Def Digital?
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March 13, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
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June 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Dave Chappelle has managed to remain a man of mystery ever since the end of his much-loved Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show" in 2005. But after inspiring rumors of a return to stand-up following a series of appearances in March, the comedian is making it official. He's headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour the U.S. this fall. Sharing the bill with Chappelle are the New Zealand music duo Flight of the Conchords, "Daily Show" correspondent Al Madrigal, Demitri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney.
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August 4, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD
The 411: Dave Chappelle's hourlong stand-up comedy special "Killin' Them Softly" Saturday at 11 p.m. on HBO. Who's Who: Written by Chappelle. Directed by Stan Lathan. Executive producers Chappelle, Michael Rotenberg, Lathan and Howard Klein and producer Kimber Rickabaugh. Get a Clue: Chappelle, 26, says he started doing stand-up in his native Washington, D.C., at the tender age of 14; he eventually rose to prominence in New York nightclubs and as part of the "Def Comedy Jam" scene.
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June 8, 2005 | Soren Baker, Special to The Times
Despite a strong 80-minute performance Monday at the House of Blues, gifted rapper Common did not earn the evening's biggest applause. That went to actor-comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, who stunned the capacity crowd when they took the stage after Common had delivered an energetic rendition of "The Light," the touching love song from his impressive 2000 album, "Like Water for Chocolate."
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February 13, 2003 | James Verini, Special to The Times
The comedian Dave Chappelle's incendiary mind moves at a clip, its paradoxes and paranoias forming into characters and spilling out of his Gumby-thin frame almost faster than he can give them words. This is true whether he's on the stage, as he will be Friday night at the Wiltern, or on his new half-hour sketch comedy show on Comedy Central Wednesday nights.
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April 18, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
When talking about his up-and-down career, Dave Chappelle is fond of quoting his relatives. When Chappelle decided to become a stand-up comedian in his native Washington, D.C., at age 14, it was his father, a music and voice teacher, who warned him of show business: "If you're on your deathbed, and your best friend has an audition, he might not show up." Chappelle remembers his grandmother saying that you should never be the first black person to do anything.
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March 3, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
For comedian Dave Chappelle, the lure of the lively show that is the centerpiece of "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" was a chance to hear music he loved. "It's a dream come true, the concert I've always wanted to see," he says. For audiences, however, the major lure is Chappelle himself. It's not that there's any problem with the music in question.
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May 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Dave Chappelle is still explaining to his wife why he left his Comedy Central show and walked away from a $50-million contract. "My wife is still a little salty with me," Chappelle joked on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" Wednesday night. "She's not mad at me, but don't think you can walk away from $50 million and your wife is just going to be cool with it."
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March 13, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
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April 24, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
One enlightening aspect of a season's worth of "Idol" viewing is the sensation of having your most strongly held opinions slip right out from under you. Unless you're a prognosticative whiz or a natural-born child of the middle of the road, it's likely that your early favorite will get voted off soon enough, forcing a change in loyalties. Add in the effect of hype and the human evolutionary desire to be on the winning side of a fight, and that contestant you despised may convince you soon enough that he's OK -- no, better than OK, he brought the molten hot lava tonight, dog (you're soon shouting)
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July 12, 2006 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
In the dark art of TV network scheduling, it's generally accepted that when prime time starts at 8 p.m., you offer viewers an established show, so they don't encounter something unfamiliar right away and, racked by terror and uncertainty, click the remote to another channel and hunker down for the rest of the evening under the sofa cushions.
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May 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Dave Chappelle is still explaining to his wife why he left his Comedy Central show and walked away from a $50-million contract. "My wife is still a little salty with me," Chappelle joked on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" Wednesday night. "She's not mad at me, but don't think you can walk away from $50 million and your wife is just going to be cool with it."
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March 24, 2006 | Jake Coyle, Associated Press
Three new concert films -- "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" and the Beastie Boys' "Awesome; I ... Shot That!" -- take different approaches to what every performance film must reconcile: the audience. Like a play adapted from the theater to the big screen, concerts often come across less bombastic on film. In interviews with the directors of each of these films, the filmmakers revealed how they dealt with this slippery genre -- and those pesky, lighter-wielding fans.
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March 3, 2006 | From Associated Press
Comedian Dave Chappelle says he may never return to his hit Comedy Central show if the cable network goes through with plans to air new episodes culled from material he filmed before leaving the series. "I feel like it's kind of a bully move," Chappelle told Ohio's Dayton Daily News in a telephone interview for a story this week. "That's just how I feel about it. I don't know if that's the case. But if people don't watch it, then I'd be more than happy."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2004
More Dave: Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of "Chappelle's Show," ensuring that comedian Dave Chappelle will remain on the cable channel through 2006. * TV movie: Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Delroy Lindo and Aidan Quinn will star in a movie for Court TV, "The Exonerated," an adaptation of an off-Broadway play, also presented by L.A.'s Actors' Gang, about a group of people who spent years on death row before being set free.
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December 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dave Chappelle is back on Comedy Central -- well, kind of. The popular comedian, who last spring walked off his show just weeks before its season premiere, will be on view in four episodes' worth of sketches he filmed before his startling exit, the network announced Monday. The four half-hours of "Chappelle's Show" will premiere in weekly airings in April, May or June, the network said.
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March 3, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
For comedian Dave Chappelle, the lure of the lively show that is the centerpiece of "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" was a chance to hear music he loved. "It's a dream come true, the concert I've always wanted to see," he says. For audiences, however, the major lure is Chappelle himself. It's not that there's any problem with the music in question.
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February 10, 2006 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"Occasionally, we are privileged to examine the craft of one of the acknowledged leaders of a generation. Tonight, as we begin the midway point of our 12th year, is such a night." So begins the brilliantly fawning James Lipton, host of Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio."
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