Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Chappelle's Show: Gag It With A Fork, It's Done.

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So, does this mean that we can officially say that David Chappelle turned down $50 million? That's kind of a crackhead move if you ask The Corsair, but we haven't hear his side of the story to be fair. The always-forthright Charlie Murphy puts the final nail in the coffin of that significant turn-of-the-millennium phenomenon known as The David Chappelle Show, at least, of course, until E!TrueHollywoodStory gets a hold of the corpse and disturbs its eternal slumber.

Is there a jinx on hugely anticipated African American comedy shows? They always seem to blowout just before the magic has naturally run its course, unfortunately.

Murphy tells the embattled TV Guide, among other things, that the cast and crew had already shot 6 episodes -- half the season -- and the executives at Comedy Central liked what they saw. Murphy believes, eventually, Comedy Central will sell them as DVDs. From TVGuide:

"TV Guide: So is that it for Chappelle's Show?

"Murphy: Chappelle's Show is over, man. Done. It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now, because it's the truth. There's no way to get around it. It's a new day. I'm disappointed it ended the way it did, but I'm not angry with anybody. Chappelle's Show was like the Tupac of TV shows. It came out, it got everybody's attention, it was a bright shining star, but it burned out and for some strange reason, it burned out quick. The two seasons I acted on that show made me a star. Now I can go out and do stand-up. I'm getting movie offers. It's off the hook. Me getting to the next level or whatever's going to happen is going to come from the next things I do, but Chappelle's Show served its purpose and I'll always be grateful."

And, they provided much needed PR for psychiatric institutions in South Africa (or, if you must, "spiritual retreat,").

The full interview here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes. Very good.