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Chappelle's Show was a sketch comedy show on the Comedy Central network created by and starring stand up comedian Dave Chappelle. In many ways the show was groundbreaking in the way that it addressed social issues in a satirical and comedic way, especially when it came to race, specifically the African American community.

Chappelle, one of the great black comedians of his time, was masterful in the way that he approached sketches related to race, doing so in a way that worked to debunk racial stereotypes and mocked those who perpetuated those stereotypes. No other comedic television show pushed boundaries quite like Chappelle's Show did, as it was not afraid to offend people as long as it got its point across, all while being laugh out loud funny.

The show revolved around Chappelle, who would stand in front of a live audience and briefly perform stand up material while introducing the sketches, most of which he starred in himself portraying a variety of characters, many of whom represented a stereotype he intended to poke fun at. In addition to Chappelle, the show featured a wide array of guest stars, both comedians and musicians, who were all happy to contribute to Chappelle's Show and play a role in the cultural phenomenon that the show became. The show created a seemingly endless amount of catch phrases, characters, and moments that are still remembered and referenced by viewers of the show to this day.

Unfortunately, during taping of the show's third season, Chappelle became burned out during production, as some say he had a nervous breakdown. Chappelle had become increasingly disenchanted with the show and was no longer sure if his audience, especially the large caucasian sect of his audience, were laughing with him or at him. He was no longer certain that his brilliant social commentary was resonating with the audience and that perhaps it was getting lost amongst all the trendy catchphrases. In essence, Chappelle's Show grew too big too fast and Chappelle himself was eventually crushed under the weight of the show's success. The fact that the show lasted for merely two seasons and a small part of a third is a shame, but the material that Chappelle produced in that time remains as relevant as it is hilarious, and it should never be forgotten.

Comedy Central
3 Seasons, 35 Episodes - Canceled
January 22, 2003
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Chappelle's Show Full Episode Guide

  • The Monsters: Frankenstein (Charlie Murphy), the wolf man (Dave), and the mummy (Donell Rawlings) each have problems. They think everything happens to him because they're black, but in reality its because they're assh*les.Minority Report: Instead of using the word "minority" news anchors and celebrities say the word "nigger."Do What We Say: Dave meets the all mighty show business who gives Dave three ideas for his show-mechanizing, making a Lil Jon movie, and going on MTV Cribs.

  • Black Howard Dean: Dave plays former Democratic Party candidate Howard Dean, famous for his catchphrase "Byah!"Watching TV while having sex: Dave is having sex while the TV is in the bedroom and he feels like his favorite characters are watching him do it.The Real Side of Gary Coleman: Dave makes fun of Gary Coleman.Stereotype Pixies/Audience Feedback: A bunch of pixies encourage people to accept their stereotypes. After the controversial sketch, Donell and Charlie get the audience's reactions.

  • Dave has $50 million: Everyone knows Dave has 55 million dollars. Now barbers, car washers, and even the IRS wants some of his money.Hip-hop News: Chuck Taylor brings breaking news that Wu-Tang's Method Man attacked Tron.Dave Gets Revenge: Dave gets revenge on an ex-girlfriend, a cast director, and the owner of a comedy club that kicked Dave out.Tupac is Still Alive: In a club Dave hears a "new" 2Pac song made in 94, but makes references to George W., Grand Theft Auto: San Adreas, and Chappelle himself.

  • Celebrating Shart Week.

  • A second clip show featuring the best of Dave's sketches from season 2.

  • A show featuring the best musical performances on Chappelle's Show including Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, and more.

  • A clip show featuring the best of Dave's sketches from season 2.

  • Black Bush: Dave takes a look at what life would be like if President Bush was black.A Day In The Life of Lil Jon: Dave plays Lil Jon, who has a conversation with the real Lil Jon.

  • When Dave wants a contract raise, he's fired and replaced by Wayne Brady.Fear Factor:Tyrone Biggums competes against others on the show.I'm Wayne Brady, Bitch!: Dave shows the audience what it was like on a night out with Wayne Brady, who turns out to be crazier than Dave.

  • Dave shows deleted sketches that were too outrageous for television.Sketches include:-Nelson Mandela's Boot Camp-Friday Night Sissy Fight-Def Poetry Jam-The Time HatersMusical Guests Kanye West, Mos Def, and Freeway

  • Making The Band: In a spoof of MTV's Making The Band, Dave plays P. Diddy and rapper Dylan. The Bandmates must get P. Diddy whatever he wants or he'll close the studio.Knee High Park:Dave creates a show that teaches children about the dangers of life such as drugs and STDs.Musical performance by Snoop Dogg featuring Tyrone Biggums.

  • Don't Pitch Me: Dave and his wife are eating at a restaurant when an annoying salesperson pitches a movie to Dave, but Dave's mind is on other things.Dave Gets Oprah Pregnant: When Dave gets talk show host Oprah Winfrey pregnant, he quits his job and spends her money.Jury Selection: Dave shows the time he was in the jury pool for celebrity cases like OJ Simpson, Micheal Jackson, Robert Blake, and R. KellyMusical Performance by Wyclef Jean

  • I Know Black People: Dave hosts a talk show that quizzes contestants on their knowledge of black people.When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong: A girl named Brenda decides to keep it real when someone hangs up on her. She ends up in jail.Musical Performance by Erykah Badu

  • Marijuana Commercial: Dave shows a parody of anti-drug commercials.Mooney On Movies: Paul Mooney reviews movies his way.A moment In The Life Of Little Jon: Lil Jon is being interviewed by a reporter.World Series Of Dice: The first World series of dice is broadcasted on television.Musical Guests Kanye West and Common

  • A Day in the life of Lil Jon: Lil Jon goes to the doctor for a hearing test.When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: When Dave catches a guy hitting on his girlfriend, Dave decides to keep it real and start a fight. Dave ends up with his ass beat and living with his grandma.What if the Internet Was a Real Place: This sketch shows what life would be like if the Internet was real.Musical performance by Anthony Hamilton

  • Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories: Charlie Murphy tells the tale of how he challenged Prince to a game of basketball...and lost.

  • Dave introduces The Love Contract and the first of Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories featuring Rick James

  • Love Contract: Dave introduces a contract to prevent a woman from accusing an innocent man of rape (a la Kobe Bryant)Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories: A three part sketch shows Charlie Murphy's run ins with singer Rick James in the 80s.Musical performance by Ludacris

  • White People Can't Dance Experiment: Dave doesn't believe the stereotype that white people can't dance - so he brings in musical guests John Mayer, QuestLove and Ahmir-Khalib Thompson to play with this stereotype. The Three Daves:A retrospective look at how Dave would handle different situations at ages 18, 24 and 30.

  • Calvin Gets a Job at WacArnolds: Dave plays Calvin, an inner city youth who gets a job at WacArnolds (McDonalds). The community is congratulating him and letting him know how proud they are of him. But three weeks later they aren't so happy.Negrodamus: Negrodamus (Paul Mooney) answers life's questions.Black Gallagher: Dave plays a black man who goes on tour as 'Black Gallagher' (the cheesy stand up comic whose bit was smashing fruit with a sledgehammer).The Niggar Family: Meet a white family in the 50s whose last name happens to be 'niggar.' Dave plays their colored milk man.

  • Samuel Jackson Beer Commercial: An advertisement for Samuel Jackson beer where Dave plays Samuel L Jackson dressed up as the Sam Adams colonial brewmaster. Chappelle Campaign Ads: Dave rolls a few campaign commercials as if he were running for any office. Things Look Better In Slow Motion: A quick sketch in which Dave proves that certain events look good in slow motion while others are best left to real time.The Racial Draft: A number of celebrities, sports stars, musicians and politicians are 'drafted' to a certain race. ie Tiger Woods being drafted by the blacks and is now 'all black'. Lenny Kravitz is drafted by the Jews and Ellian Gonzalez is drafted by the Latinos. Wu Tang clan being drafted by the Asians.

Most Popular Chappelle's Show Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 1 Ep. #101 1/22/2003
  • Season 3 Episode 1 The Lost Episodes (1) 7/09/2006
  • Season 2 Episode 8 Ep. #208 3/10/2004
  • Season 1 Episode 3 Ep. #103 2/05/2003
  • Season 3 Episode 3 The Lost Episodes (3) 7/23/2006

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