Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

Chappelle's Show is a sketch comedy series starring Dave Chappelle, a comedian (previously) best known for his role as Thurgood Jenkins in the stoner film Half Baked. The show premiered on January 22, 2003 on US cable television network Comedy Central. Since then, the show has become the second highest rated show on the network, trailing only the long-running cartoon series South Park.


Popular sketches

Some popular sketches from Chappelle's Show include:

  • Any sketch including Tyrone Biggums, a cocaine & crack addict with a high pitched voice.
  • "The Playa Hater's Ball"-- features Dave and Co. as vicious, foul-mouthed lowlifes each vying for the top position of "Playa Hater of the Year."
  • "The Niggar Family"-- a send up of a Leave It To Beaver type family whose last name happens to be Niggar.
  • "Ask a Black Dude" -- with comedian Paul Mooney. Mooney humorously answers questions about black people, often common stereotypes.
  • Trading Spouses: A spoof of the reality show Trading Spaces, where a white and black family exchange fathers. Ironically, at least two US television networks have announced reality shows based upon a similar premise as of 2004, one actually called Trading Spouses.
  • The racial draft: An ESPN-style draft telecast where the various races of the world finally decide to claim several mixed-race (and other) celebrities as their own.
  • "Black Bush"-- an African-American "interpretation" of George W. Bush and his administration.
  • Popcopy, a parody of the Kinko's franchise's training videos.
  • The "Mad" Real World, a parody of MTV's The Real World in which a mild-mannered white male moves in with a group of antagonistic black roommates.
  • R. Kelly's "Piss on You" music video (and remix)
  • Blackzilla!- a send up of Godzilla movies in which a giant Dave battles Godzilla in the middle of Tokyo.
  • A Moment in the Life of Lil Jon, in which Dave plays the rapper/producer, who usually says the words 'Yeahuuhh!', 'WHAT?!?', and 'O-kay!!!', and appears as he does in Usher Raymond's "Yeah!" video.
  • Examples of what movies would be like if they were set in reality.
  • Having a "pretty white girl" sing his thoughts as he writes them, because they would be too scary otherwise.
  • Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories (easily the most popular sketch from the show so far): Charlie Murphy -Eddie Murphy's real-life brother- recounts supposed altercations between himself and famous celebrities, including the late funk musician Rick James, who recounts the stories as himself, and Prince. Created and popularized the catchphrases "What did the five fingers say to the face? SLAP!", "I'm Rick James, bitch!" and "Cocaine is a hell of a drug."
  • Wayne Brady's Show: After Dave gets kicked off the show by his superiors, Wayne Brady takes over and when Dave takes the show back the tale of Wayne and Dave's misadventures is told where Wayne Brady goes on a violent rampage. Created and popularized the catchphrase "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?"
  • Samuel Jackson Beer: A parody of the Samuel Adams beer commercials. Features Dave as a very profane Sam Jackson dressed in colonial-style clothes. Catchphrase: "It'll get you drunk"
  • WacArnold's: What life is really like for those black people in McDonald's Commercials
  • O'Dweeds: A new THC-free Cannabis sold completely legal. Parody of O'Douls alcohol-free beer
  • How most things are so much better in slow-motion (such as doing laundry or going to a club), but not everything is (Like going to the bathroom)
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Chappelle as crack-addict Tyrone Biggums

In addition to sketches, the show features performances by various hip-hop groups.

Third Season Delays

After the success of the first two seasons, the third season of Chappelle's Show was scheduled to premiere in February 2005. This date was pushed back to May 31, 2005 when production fell behind schedule in December 2004 because Dave had fallen ill with the flu. On May 4, 2005, just weeks before the anticipated premiere, Comedy Central announced that Chappelle's Show would not be ready by the announced date and that production had been suspended "until further notice." No reason for the delay or suspension was given and there was no response from Dave Chappelle, although one week later it was reported (most notably by Entertainment Weekly) that Chappelle had previously flown to South Africa on April 28 to stay in an undisclosed psychiatric facility. On May 14th, Time announced that one of their reporters, Christopher John Farley, had interviewed Chappelle in South Africa, and that no psychiatric treatments were occurring or necessary. Dave explained his trip was a "spiritual retreat." It's been reported, though, that Chappelle has since returned to his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.


  • "I'm rich, biotch" - the audio trademark for Dave's company, Pilot Boy Productions. It is heard at the end of every episode, and it was uttered in the "Reparations" sketch by Donnell Rawlings. (Ogg format)

External links

  • Dave Chappelle Show ( - Chappelle Center is a comprehensive resource of Chappelle's Show information, including an episode guide.
  • ( - Dave's official website and forums.
  • Comedy Central: Chappelle's Show ( - Comedy Central's official website for Chappelle's Show.

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