Dave Chappelle On Leaving 'Chappelle Show,' Fame + Comedy
Dave Chappelle is a comedy legend, which is something millions of people already know. But what you might not have heard is that the Washington, D.C. force of nature is back, with not one, not two, but three comedy specials for Netflix.
In a new interview with CBS, Chappelle talked with host Gayle King about a myriad of topics. “I was talkin’ to a guy… he basically said to me that comedy is a reconciliation of paradox, and I think that was an irreconcilable moment for me,” Dave told the CBS This Morning anchor. “That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn’t feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn’t feel right.”
That feeling inspired Dave to cancel his Comedy Central program, Chappelle’s Show, leave $50 million on the table and move on to create his own ventures which included his popular “Juke Joint” parties. His three-part stand-up comedy special on Netflix, which premieres Tuesday (Mar. 21), has everyone awaiting the king’s return. But that hasn’t stopped him from missing his old baby. “‘Chappelle’s Show’s’ like breakin’ up with a girl and you still like her. But in your mind you’re like, ‘That b**** is crazy. I’m not goin’ back,'” Chappelle said, laughing to himself.
“Fame is a horrifying concept when it’s aimed at you,” Dave said while answering Galye’s question about if having immense worldly fame “scare” him. “At the end of the day, it’s so — you don’t have that much control over it. You just try to conduct yourself as best as you can.” Finding solace and peace in himself, Dave changed for the better once he left the show. “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.
“I’ve been all over the country, touring all my life. But I never saw anything,” Dave said. “Now, I’ve seen everything.”
In addition to conversation surrounding his life post-departure from Comedy Central, Chappelle answered a question fans and critics alike have pondered…What does he really feel about Key and Peele, who became the comedians shortly after his show’s wrap? In response to King’s question about a speculation that “Dave doesn’t like Key & Peele,” Dave answered:
“No. I’m a fan of this show. I fought the network very hard so that those conventions could come to fruition,” Chappelle said. “So, like the first episode I do, that black white supremacist sketch. And it’s like, ‘Well, that’s 10 minutes long. It should be five minutes long.’ Why should it be five minutes long? Like, these types of conventions. I fought very hard. … So when I watch ‘Key & Peele’ and I see they’re doing a format that I created, and at the end of the show, it says, ‘Created by Key & Peele,’ that hurts my feelings.”
Get the full scoop about Dave Chappelle’s return to the stage by checking out CBS This Morning here.