August 4, 2000 |
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.
June 8, 2005 |
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."
February 13, 2003 |
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.
March 3, 2006 |
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.
April 18, 2004 |
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.
May 20, 2005 |
First it was a nasty flu bug or walking pneumonia or writer's block that reportedly delayed the much anticipated new season of Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central show. Then he was seeking treatment for "personal issues." After the network announced May 4 that the show was on indefinite hold, gossip blogs were claiming the comic was "off his rocker," disappearing from the set for days and then returning delusional and under the influence.