For nearly a decade, Dave Chappelle has combined a hip-hop sensibility with politics as a springboard for numerous hours of material on race, drugs, sex and society-at-large. Now, Chappelle take his personal joke book and brings it to life in his new 14-part, half-hour series Chappelle’s Show, premiering Tuesday, October 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network. Chappelle’s Show had the highest-rated series premiere in Comedy Central’s history, and has become the network’s second-highest rated program following South Park.
Chappelle‘s Show features blistering sketches, raunchy man-on-the-street pieces and edgy pop culture parodies, introduced by Chappelle in front of a studio audience. His unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at culture and society – including music, movies, television, advertising, current events and everyday life situations. The result is a series that challenges the status quo with razor-sharp humour.
The series features such outrageous bits as “Great Moments in Hookup History;” a spoof of Frontline that investigates racist animals in movie history; a news flash describing the chaos that ensues when African-Americans receive a huge cash settlement for slavery reparations; and parodies such Trading Spouses, in which two couples trade partners, and The Mad Real World featuring an all-black cast of The Real World. In the series premiere, Chappelle plays America’s most vicious blind white supremacist, who, unbeknownst to him, is black and unveils racy “bootie” videos starring Nat King Cole.
The series features top hip-hop and R&B artists in each episode, filmed at innovative locations such as rooftops, parks and piers. Guest artists include Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, The Roots, GZA, Killer Mike and Slum Village
Dave Chappelle‘s credits include a starring role in the cult classic, Half-Baked, and appearances in such films as Undercover Brother, You‘ve Got Mail, Blue Streak, The Nutty Professor, Con Air and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
One of the top comedians in America, Chappelle has the distinction of starring in his own HBO comedy special and has appeared on over 40 national programs, including numerous appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O‘Brien. Chappelle has also had a re-occurring role as commentator for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, covering such events as the Winter Olympics and the Tyson/Lewis fight in Memphis.
Chappelle also lends his voice in second season of Crank Yankers, airing Thursday nights on The Comedy Network.