Dave Chappelle is one of the most timely and relevant comedians of the 21st century, with punchlines and anecdotes that seemly run parallel to the length of the entire black experience.
From sketch comedy to scripted sitcoms and stand-up showcases, Dave has always been that comedian who was willing to go places that other comedians were afraid to go, and say things with such conviction that, throughout all the laughter, it is often hard to discern where the punchline ends and a sincere anecdote on the modern human condition begins.
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It’s hard to believe that today is Dave Chappelle’s 45th birthday. It is in that spirit, and with the memory of some of his funniest acts in mind, that we bring you some of Dave Chappelle’s most memorable sketches on the now-defunct Chappelle Show.
From playing Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, through parts in The Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Undercover Brother, Chappelle would bring the laughter in abundance.
On this day, Dave Chappelle is 45-years-old. Happy Birthday to a modern comedy icon.
Tron’s Law and Order Sketch
In an alternate universe, drug dealer Tron Carter and a white businessman experience the justice system in very different ways.
Clayton Bigsby–Black Klansman
When a “Frontline” reporter tracks down the leading voice of the white supremacist movement, Clayton Bigsby, he’s surprised by what he finds.
Dave Chappelle as Rick James (Bitch)
Eddie Murphy’s brother Charlie tells the tale of Rick James, an habitual line-stepper.
The Time Haters
The Time Haters go back to the days of slavery and share an epithet popularized by George Jefferson.
The Racial Draft
Delegations from America’s ethnicities assemble to divvy up racially ambiguous celebrities.