Dave Chappelle On Leaving 'Chappelle Show,' Fame + Comedy

It's Hard to See Past the Flaws in Dave Chappelle's Netflix Specials

Dave Chappelle doesn't believe he gets enough credit for changing the narrative and approach to sketch comedy.

In a new interview with CBS, Chappelle talked with host Gayle King about a myriad of topics.

Before leaving fame for South America in 2005 - even with the hit "Chappelle Show" on his hands - an iconic sketch came to TV screens across America, with Chappelle portraying Prince as he destroyed Charlie Murphy and company in a pick-up basketball game. "Chappelle's Show " s like breakin' up with a girl and you still like her. "But in your mind you're like, "That bitch is insane. I'm not goin' back, '" Chappelle said". Like, man, you know, it's like "Purple Rain" was out. At the end of the day. you don't have that much control over it. "You just try to conduct yourself as best as you can". For now, Chappelle has turned his attention to living a reclusive life in OH and touring the country. And I think about that when I engage people.

Dave Chappelle fans will be treated to the comedy giant's first stand-up specials in over a decade. "I'm, like, 40 pounds heavier than when I was when I did 'Chappelle's Show.' And people are like, 'How did you gain all that weight?'" Through a new lease on life, more time to engage the world in a more fluid manner and just have actual relationships with friends, fans and family.

In past stand-up appearances, Chappelle made comments about the sketch-comedy show, sarcastically asking things like "I wonder how they came up with a show that amusing".

"[They said, ] "Well that's ten minutes long". "I think there was a speculation that Dave doesn't like Key & Peele", King began (that would be putting it mildly - last October Chappelle said he's been "watching Key & Peele do my show the last five fucking years"). "It should be five minutes long.' Why should it be five minutes long?" he asked. He explained that it was a format that required constant commitment, and resistance from network pressure to make the show more conventional. "These types of conventions.I fought very hard". Chappelle says that he "fought very hard" to help create the pair's show format.

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