Dave Chappelle

This episode, the Kaizen Crew talks about modern comedy royalty: the one and only Dave Chappelle! Chappelle is a household name who has been a heavy hitter in the comedy scene for over two decades. Between his stand up and sketches, Chappelle has been a huge influence on many stand up comics of today. He tackles real personal and societal problems in a way that brings them to light, while releasing the tension through his punchlines and act outs. He's a master at illustrating a scene to the audience, using just enough information for the crowd to connect the dots from set up to punchline. He makes the craft of stand up look effortless, even when releasing four specials in the span of less than two years.

David Khari Webber Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. His comedy career began in 1990 when he was in high school, attending mics at night while living staying with his father in Ohio. By 1992, he got his first television appearance on Russell Simmon’s, “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO. This break led to a quick rise in popularity as well as guest appearances on shows like, “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”. He got his first movie appearance at the young age of 19 in Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights". In 1998, he did a half hour stand up special for HBO, recording his first hour long special, “Killing Them Softly”, two years later. After multiple failed pilots he released, “Chappelle’s Show”, in 2003, which became an instant hit. Chappelle released his second hour long comedy special, “For What It's Worth” on Showtime, the next year. The third season of “Chappelle’s Show” was set to air a year later, but production came to a halt when Chappelle left for an unexpected trip to South Africa. He was unhappy with where his career was headed and the negative effect the show was having on his stand up career, which she considered to be more important. The next few years Chappelle continued to do stand up and some impromptu television appearances, but otherwise took a hiatus from entertainment. In August of 2013, Chappelle returned to stand up full time. Since his return to comedy, Chappelle has released four Netflix specials, with his first two specials releasing in early 2017. In the fall of 2018 Chappelle’s, “The Age of Spin” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, while his “Equanimity” won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special.

Bits reviewed:

- The Time Racism Saved My Life (Killing Em Softly)

- SNL Monolouge (2017)

- Celebrity Sexual Assaults (Bird Revelation)