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Friday, May 06, 2005

Chappelle...

I had to admit I was a little worried when the broadcast of his third season was pushed back in February because the word was getting out that David Chappelle was feeling the pressure of his $50M deal he signed with Viacom.

Chappelle is one of those comedians who makes jokes to make money, now he was being asked to make jokes to justify making money. It's a far different process and one that a comedian who doesn't really enjoy the big time (he actually lives in suburban Ohio still) wouldn't enjoy.

He was very much on edge during his most recent stand-up tour. He threatened to walk off stage many times when the audience would say "WHAT" or "I'M RICK JAMES BITCH!". Little things like that let me know that he wasn't comfortable with his current success. Possibly he felt like it was too much too soon.

Nonetheless, after this most recent shut down of Chappelle's Show, I'm concerned for the guy. I'm thinking of what happened to Chris Farley and John Belushi and wondering if he's fallen into that trap. Thankfully this New York Times article seems to tell him its just a case of tremendous burnout [Link].

Unfortunately, I also read Defamer [Link] and this rumor sheet at Loosie [Link]. Do I believe them? Not exactly. But I'm worried and I'm hopeful that whatever it is, Chappelle gets better and gets back on track. Because...it's supposed to be a celebration bitches!!

And in more positive news. I think someone has gotten sick of me having all the fun [Link].

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